Breed Information

What Type of Collie was Lassie?

Lassie is a fictional female Collie that is arguably the most recognizable and famous dog character of all times. There have been nine feature films, several television programs, books, and even a video game made […]

Landrace and Purebred Scotch Collies

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 […]

Old Type Scotch Collies in a Painting
Changes: 1901 - 1950

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 […]

A group of collies
Golden Age: 1861 - 1900

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. […]

Golden Age: 1861 - 1900

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 […]

Changes: 1901 - 1950

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 […]

Changes: 1901 - 1950

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, […]

Changes: 1901 - 1950

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 […]