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. The Scotch collie has been traveling the same road during the past twenty-five years. The showmen have been breeding a head of peculiar shape, and this, with a few other obvious parts, which contribute to the new type, makes the modern collie. His obscure type parts that are of practical importance get scant recognition from the collie judge. The intelligent collie of other days will soon be in a separate group. The show collie will form another variety, useful only as a show dog.

excerpted from: World Today – 1908

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