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The New Book of the Dog. A Comprehensive Natural History of British Dogs and Their Foreign Relatives With Chapters on Law, Breeding, Kennel Management and Veterinary Treatment was authored by Robert Leighton. Under his name the following words appear: "Assisted by Eminent Authorities on the Various Breeds." London: Cassell & Company Limited (1907). This book has 624 pages.

Leighton's book did not list the Bearded Collie separately in the Index, but rather as a subheading under Collie. The entire Collie section was authored by James C. Dalgliesh.

On page 98, Dalgliesh wrote about "The Working Collie." He began his words as follows:

"The foregoing quotation from Alfred Olliphant's [sic]delightful fictional biography of Bob, son of Battle, refers more particularly to the grey Sheepdog of Kenmuir, but it is a description which may be applied in general to all the dogs of the Collie strain that follow their active lives among the fells and dales and on the wind-swept hillsides of the North. The townsman who knows the shepherd's dog only as he is to be seen, out of his true element, threading his confined way through crowded streets where sheep are not, can have small appreciation of his wisdom and his sterling worth."

There were two pictures on page 102 representing the Scottish Bearded or Highland, Collie. First, was Mr. Dalgliesh's own Bearded Collie named Ellwyn Garrie. Second, a photograph of Lord Arthur Cecil's Bearded Collie, named Ben (seen immediately below). This photograph was credited to C. Reid of Wishaw. It is remarkably similar to the 1905 Bearded Collie image on this website which was also taken by a Mr. Reid. That image was in a 1909 revised version of Steven's Book of the Farm.

Dalgliesh wrote:

"Then there is the Scottish bearded, or Highland Collie, less popular still with the flock-master, a hardy-looking dog in outward style, but soft in temperament, and many of them make better cattle than sheep dogs. This dog and the Old English Sheepdog are much alike in appearance, but that the bearded is a more racy animal, with a head resembling that of the Dandie Dinmont rather than the square head of the Bobtail. The strong-limbed bearded Collie is capable of getting through a good day's work, but is not so steady nor so wise as the old-fashioned black and white, or even the smooth coated variety. He is a favourite with the butcher and drover who have sometimes a herd of troublesome cattle to handle, and he is well-suited to rough and rocky ground, active in movement, and as sure-footed as the wild goat. He can endure cold and wet without discomfort, and can live on the Highland hills when others less sturdy would succumb. As an outdoor dog he is less subject to rheumatism than many. His heavy build, powerful limbs, thick short neck, heavy shoulders and thick skin are characteristics of all animals inhabiting mountainous countries, and there is a rugged grandeur about him comparable somewhat to that of the Scottish Deerhound and the Otterhound from which he may be a cross.

In 'the Sportsman's Cabinet,' 1803, there is an illustration of an English Sheepdog, which would pass for the Highland Collie, and one is tempted to believe that there is some relationship between the two. Peeblesshire is regarded as the true home of the Beardie and Sir Walter Thorburn and other patrons of the breed have for long contributed prizes at the annual pastoral show in that county for the best bearded dog owned by shepherds. As one who has had the honour of judging at this fixture, I can say that better filled classes cannot be found anywhere. In the standard adopted for judging the breed, many points are given for good legs and feet, bone, body and coat, while head and ears are not of great importance. Movement, size and general appearance have much weight. The colour is varied in this breed. Cream-coloured specimens are not uncommon, and snow white with orange or black markings may often be seen, but the popular colour is grizzly grey. Unfortunately the coats are far too soft and the undercoat is frequently absent.

It has been said that the Beardie is not easily induced to become a poacher, and that he will pay no attention to game when on duty. But this I find is not the case. He soon learns to lift a hare or a rabbit, and when he starts hunting on his own responsibility he becomes so keen that in many cases he will do little else.

Ellwyn Garrie, whose portrait is here given, is a winner of first prizes at important shows. He was out of coat when the photograph was taken, and therefore does not receive the justice he deserves. He was bred in the classic vale of Yarrow, by Adam Scott, the village blacksmith. His sire was Genty and his dam Moss Rose, both alike good Sheepdogs bred by Mr. Horsburgh, a famous Peeblesshire breeder.

(Note: Mr. Horsburgh, was mentioned in an article authored by Major Clifford Owen and published in The Countryman Magazine in Winter, 1954. This article can be viewed under the year of 1954. In this magazine article, the name appeared as "James Horsburgh.)

Audrey Hopwood also mentioned the Bearded Collie in the Old English Sheepdog chapter.

"The dog was well known in Scotland, too, under the title of the Bearded Collie, for there is little doubt that this last is merely a variant of the breed. He differs, in point of fact, chiefly by reason of possessing a tail, the amputation of which is a recognised custom in England."

What is most interesting about Hopwood's writings was his conclusions about the dog held by Henry, Third Duke of Buccleuch. Mr. Hopwood was not shy about mentioning his displeasure about what Watson wrote in The Dog Book (1905-1906) regarding the dog in the Duke's arms being some type of rough terrier. Mr. Watson went to the trouble to actually photograph himself with one of his own dogs, and he stated the result was satisfactory beyond dispute, for the relative proportions of man and dog came out exactly. Watson failed to tell the age of his own dog.

Hopwood also included the Reinagle painting, and stated it resembled the Himalayan dog.

 
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