a Scotch Collie
Breed Information

Scotch Collies, the Complete Guide

The Scotch Collie is probably the best dog you’ve never heard of. This smart, well-behaved dog breed was almost completely wiped out a few decades ago. So although they may take a back seat in […]

Heiland Thistle's Diego

Collie Renaissance

The Decline, Fall and Rebirth of the Old-Time Scotch Collie by Andy Ward This article appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Heirloom Gardener When C. F. Dorian moved from his farm in rural Virginia […]

Farm Collie Movement

Old Time Farm Shepherds by J. Richard McDuffie

The country was full of Old Time Farm Shepherd or Farm Collie dogs when I was a boy. Some called them Shepherds, others Collies but they were the same dogs. They served as family pet, guarddog, stock dog and hunting dog. My interest in them was always as hunting dogs, but like most people, took them for granted. […]

Personal Experiences

Rex Bowers Letter

My grandfather kept this type dog all his life and used them on our farm. The best squirrel dog I ever had was a farm shepherd, Rusty. Granddad got him when I was very young and I grew up with him. My parents did not worry where I went as long as Rusty went along. He was a serious body guard! I could sic him on anything, as he feared nothing. We trained him on cows and mules with our older shep, Sport, who was very old. […]

Doc the Leopard Cur Shepherd

Skeletons in the OTFS Closet

This is the story of Doc the Leopard Cur “Shepherd”. When Richard McDuffie brought home the last litter of the Old Bob-Tail Shepherds he faced one gigantic obstacle in preserving this line; What would he […]


Calling Out NKC

For over 10 years now the National Kennel Club has treated the Old Time Farm Shepherd like a red-headed step child and it’s high time we get the NKC/OTFS registration issue sorted out. What am […]

English Shepherd and Scotch Collie compared

McDuffie’s Blunder and How To Fix It

The true story of failures and blunders and how we can move forward I hate to say it because I really respect J. Richard McDuffie, I respect his knowledge about dogs and breeding, I appreciate […]


Rural Decay

On the way through Tennessee this week I couldn’t help stopping by Brush Creek, the original home of the Old Time Farm Shepherds before Richard McDuffie bought the last litter and moved them to South […]


Second Day With Chandler Strunk

This a continuation of the article that starts at https://www.oldtimefarmshepherd.org/2010/09/20/otfs-pilgrimage/. Today I had my scanner working and scan I did. I now have photos of 3 of the 4 littermates of the last of the […]