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Bearded Collies

Henry Stephens (b. 1795) was a Scottish agricultural writer.
He wrote Book of the Farm, published his book in
three volumes in 1844. The Fifth Edition (1909) was
a revision by James Macdonald of Stephens' work.
Volume III was entitled "Farm Live Stock."
The writings for the Bearded Collie appear on page 265.

The publishing date of the Fifth Edition was 1909. A copy of the book purchased for use in developing this page demonstrated that the book was published in that year. It is mentioned because there has been many references to the book being published in 1908.

"Bearded Collies.—Of the three first mentioned varieties the beardie is perhaps as distinct a type as any. This class of dog is a sort of combination of the ordinary collie and the Old English sheep-dog." Beardies are nearly always dark or hazel grey in colour, roughly haired over the upper part of the face and eyes, and rather pronounced in the hook of the hind leg. This class of dog is very intelligent, but some years ago, on account of their generally bigger size and heavier weight, they became less popular with hill shepherds than the smaller class of collies. This, however, was followed by efforts for their reintroduction which have been attended with a considerable amount of success, and one now sees more of them than formerly. It is a tribute to the beardie that he is often seen in the hands of drovers—a class of men who waste little sentiment, as a rule, on their dogs, but usually put points of utility and usefulness in the forefront. From the point of view of the hill shepherd, however, the smaller collie has its advantages. Being lighter in weight, its feet are not so apt to get torn or frayed by rough heather roots or stumps.

A good specimen of a Bearded Collie is represented in fig. 735." The image in fig. 735 was the same dog that was shown within this "Timeline" section for the year 1905.

 

 
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