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Sydney Moorhouse, F.R.G.S., The British Sheepdog (1950) wrote:
"There are some who claim a kinship between the Bearded
Collie, of Scotland, and the Old English Sheepdog, and in a
work on British Dogs, published in 1903, the writer
of the section dealing with the Bearded Collie says: 'This
is a purely working type of dog, and appears to be a
combination of the collie proper and the Old English
Sheepdog. Unlike the latter, however, it is not bob-tailed."
Mr. Aubrey Hammond, whose book on The Old English
Sheepdog was published two years later also says, of the
Bearded Collie: 'I think there can be little doubt that this
latter animal is identical with our own, and that the two
varieties trace their ancestry to a common origin. Indeed,
the only noticeable difference is in the tail, which the
Bearded Collie possesses and the Old English Sheepdog does
not; and this is, generally, a mere matter of amputation.'
There is no doubting the ancient lineage of the Bearded
Collie and, in all probability, it is an older animal than
the Border Collie which has now ousted it from the majority
of sheep farms. Mr. McCulloch is of the opinion that it is
one of the ancestors of the Border collie, but of the
suggestion that it is an ancestor of the Old English
Sheepdog, Mr. Croxton Smith has pointed out that it was most
probably the other way round.
The Bearded Collie is, however, fast becoming scarce and in the autumn of 1949 it
was announced that one well-known exhibitor was unable to
procure a suitable mate for her very fine bitch."
Moorhouse was likely referring to Drury's third edition of
British Dogs (Dalziel wrote the first two editions) and
to John Herries McCulloch who authored Sheep Dogs and Their
Masters in 1938; he later released a revision of his
book in 1946.
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