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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.

 

 
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