the Collies of Faraway Farm 1 2
Having grown up with traditional collies I am dismayed at what has happened to this wonderful breed.
So...about 20 years ago, I decided to try to recreate the old fashioned farm collie as it was during the period between 1880 and 1930, when dogs were expected to work during the day and lie quietly under the kitchen table at night, companion to all, devoted guardian of the family.
I crossed the modern Collie with an Australian Shepard, which shares the same ancestry while retaining the blocky head and light coat of an earlier time. The first litter exceeded my expectations: twelve sable pups with beautifully balanced heads, large eyes, moderate coat, and ears that tip over naturally. Interestingly, the full white facial marking, which has been bred out of the modern collie, reappeared instantly, as if it had been waiting for the opportunity.
My daughter, Emilie, is raising one of our OFFC bitches now. Her name is Lucy, and she will be bred back to a sable collie for a litter sometime next year. Meanwhile we occasionally have pups available. Several owners of my dogs are continuing to breed the line, and I consult with them on the various crosses. I am always looking for a good purebred modern collie that would make a good cross with my line, so if you hear of one please let me know...
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