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Fortunately, if you do not wish to buy the book, Project Gutenberg has reproduced Leighton's Dogs and All About Them as an EBook. If you visit their website, it is listed as book #10991.

Leighton again acknowledged that he was assisted by eminent authorities on the various breeds. The book was published in London by Cassell & Company Ltd. (1910). In his words:

"I have drawn abundantly upon the contents of my larger and more expensive New Book of the Dog, and I desire to acknowledge my obligations to the eminent experts who assisted me in the production of the earlier work and whose contributions I have further utilised in these pages."

Starting with the sixth paragraph, in Chapter VIII, page 47, entitled "The Collie," Dalgleish's earlier writings were repeated in part:

"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. 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.

Working trials to test the skill of the sheepdog have become frequent fixtures among shepherds and farmers within recent years, and these competitions have done much towards the improvement of the working qualities of the Collie. In general the excelling competitors at working trials are the rough-coated black and white Collies. The smooth-coated variety and the Beardie are less frequent winners."

Regarding the chapter on the Old English Sheepdog, the wording seemed identical to what Audrey Hopwood wrote in Leighton's 1907 book. It is repeated here for convenience.

"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."

 
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