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K. F. Barker presented numerous canine drawings in
published books. In Just Dogs, published in October 1933, she
presented a shaggy sheepdog named David.
In the Introduction, she wrote in part:
"And how attractive some of these cross-breds
are! I can remember one in particular; it was at a lonely little
farm in Yorkshire; he was a cream-coloured, shaggy fellow with a
long tail and very fierce, light eyes, rather on the lines of that
ancient and valued breed the Border sheep-dog."
In the 1937 and 1947 editions of Owd Bob, The
Grey Dog of Kenmuir, the illustrations were done by Barker. The
original illustration, for the image seen below, may have
been rendered as a pastel.
In her book, Nothing But Dogs,
published in 1938, a drawing entitled "Scottish Bearded
Collie, or Border Sheep Dog" appeared on the dustcover of this book as
well as inside the book. We now realize that Ms. Barker was likely talking
about the Bearded when she mentioned the " ancient
and valued breed the Border sheep-dog" in Just Dogs.
Below the drawing's title, were the words: "A grand old breed, which Alfred Ollivant's famous 'Owd Bob' has
immortalised for all time."
In Barker's Nothing But Dogs, In the chapter entitled "Sheep
Dogs", she wrote:
"Roughly speaking there are only five varieties
of sheep dogs—the Smooth Collie, the Rough-coated Collie, Old
English Sheep Dog, the Scottish Bearded or Border Collie, and the
little Welsh black and white cur Collie."
Ms. Barker, like many other individuals, was
calling the Scottish Bearded a Border Collie. Perhaps this was due to
its working in the borderlands. She continued:
"...Truly the old saying, 'What is bred in the bone
comes out in the flesh,' is true of sheep dogs and particularly is
this so in the case of that ancient and now all too rare breed, the
Scottish Bearded or Border Collie.
This variety is a size larger than the Welshman
and of a much more striking and picturesque appearance, in general
shape and build he rather resembles the Old English Sheep Dog, but
the Border Collie is lighter and more racy looking, he is less in
size and has a beautiful tail which he carries gaily. In colour he
is usually a deep bluish smoky grey, with a grand white ruff, a
cascade of hair falls over and veils wonderfully sagacious eyes
that once seen are not easily forgotten—they have a deep glow in
them, indicating the keen high courage of this magnificent old
breed, which is immortalised for ever for us in Alfred Ollivant's
great classic Owd Bob, the grey dog of Kenmuir."
In this chapter, she included a drawing entitled
"Old English Sheepdog." An argument could be made that this drawing
resembles the Scottish Bearded. This drawing demonstrates how similar
the OES and Bearded were at one time.