show collie Archive

December 10th, 2011

Questions Searchers Ask About Scotch Collies

Reading over the analytics report for my website over the last 6 months I noticed that a lot of people come here looking for answers to specific questions. So I have decided to answer a few of these questions here. The following are actual questions people have asked search engines and been brought to thisRead More

August 4th, 2011

British Collies in 1897: a Pictorial

Photos from the 1897 issues of Country Life Illustrated     Related Images:

Landrace and Purebred Scotch Collies
May 13th, 2011

Landrace vs. Purebred Scotch Collies

Q: Why do some Old-Time Scotch Collies look more like modern Rough Collies and others look more like Aussies? Short answer: Old-Time Scotch Collies are a “landrace breed”. Read on to learn what constitutes a landrace breed, how they differ from “purebred” dog breeds and how we can maintain this healthy, hearty and intelligent population.Read More

Old Type Scotch Collies in a Painting
April 28th, 2011

Scotch Collies and Sheep Dogs – 1919

The early Romans had their Shepherd dog (canus pastorales) but no line of descent can be traced to help us to identify the exact type of Shepherd dog of that day. Dr. Cains, author of Tretis of English Dogges (1570) is the first writer to refer to Shepherd dogs. In that work he says: “OfRead More

A group of collies
February 16th, 2011

Old Scotch Collie Club – 1892

At this time the collie, like the nightingale in the feathered world, which is voice and nothing more, had coat and little else beside to recommend it. Judges and fanciers, with a few exceptions, now bow down and worship before the narrow head of a brainless idol.

September 16th, 2009

Early History of American Collies

Excerpted from The dog book, Volume 1, James Watson – 1906 Although collies were shown at the Centennial Show and at those held in New York, Boston and elsewhere prior to 1880, they were a very ordinary lot of dogs, and with strange descriptions as to ancestry, when they had any at all. One shownRead More

September 7th, 2009

British Dogs, Their Points, Selection, And Show Preparation 1903

The origin and history of the Scotch Collie as a distinct breed are still unsolved questions. There are no solid facts to base even a theory upon, and, as in the case of many other dogs, we are left to conjecture. Professor Low, in “Domesticated Animals of the British Islands,” says that the Terrier ofRead More

August 31st, 2009

Cyclopedia of farm animals: Farm Dogs

The dog belongs to the order Carnivores, the family Canidae, and the genus Canis. The origin of the domestic dog is not known. It is supposed that it is the result of many crosses with many different types, under various conditions, as the owner wandered from place to place. It is probable that the jackalRead More

August 27th, 2009

National Geographic Article – 1919

There is little resemblance between the working “collie” of the Scottish sheep-herder and the elaborately furred, slender faced, bench-dog now so popular. The broad-skulled, rather neglected looking “shepherd dog” of our boyhood, with his friendly, democratic manners (or lack of them) would get short shrift now at any show or gathering of the elite, whileRead More

August 27th, 2009

The beginning of the end

Our setters have been divided in two groups by this method, so that to-day we have a show setter of little practical value, and a field trial setter without the obvious show type of the other group. Yet these setters have a common ancestry. They have been created as separate groups within thirty-five years. TheRead More