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From: A. Croxton Smith, About Our Dogs: The Breeds and their Management.
London: Ward, Lock & Co., Ltd. (1950 printing):
The Bearded Collie
Origin and History.—Superficially it may be said that the Bearded
Collie of Scotland and the Old English Sheepdog have a good deal of
resemblance to one another. No doubt they have, but there are
differences which separate them very distinctively. Both have shaggy
coats, but the Scottish dog is smaller, not so strong in the muzzle,
has a small beard under his chin and his tail is not docked. He
gives the impression of being able to move easily and to spend long
hours in his work. The eye, roundish in shape, is very expressive,
denoting a high order of intelligence. The colour varies, but a dark
hazel is preferred.
The hero of Alfred Ollivant's 'Owd Bob' is said to have been a 'Beardie':
'Should you happen on moor or in market upon a very perfect
gentle knight clothed in dark grey habit, splashed here and
there with rays of moon; free by right divine of the guild of
gentlemen, strenuous as a prince, lithe as a rowan, graceful as
a girl, with high king-carriage, motions and manners of a
fairy-queen: should he have a noble breadth of brow, an air of
still strength born of right confidence, all unassuming; last,
and most unfailing test of all, should you look into two
snow-cloud eyes, calm, wistful, inscrutable, their soft depths
clothes on with eternal sadness—yearning, as it is said, for the
soul that is not theirs—know then you look upon one of the line
of most illustrious sheepdogs of the North.'
I should have thought that it was possible to find a fair number
of Bearded Collies at work in Scotland, but Miss Augusta Bruce told
me in 1930 that they had become extremely scarce and that Mrs.
Cameron Miller, Balmacneil, Ballinluig, Perthshire, who was trying
to found a kennel, had found it difficult to get typical dogs. I
realised that when I happen to be judging them a few weeks later at
the Ladies' Kennel Association show. None of the others exhibited
could compare with Balmacneil Jock, who was really a delightful dog
in every way. There is no official standard for the Bearded Collie."