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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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