"Australian Shepherd History" by Linda Rorem
"The Old Herding Dogs of Ireland" by Marjorie Quarton
1576, Johannes Caius: "The Shepherds Dogge"
1790, Thomas Bewick "The Shepherd's Dog"
1790, Thomas Bewick "The Cur Dog"
1851, excerpt from Cuvier on domestic dogs.
1862, excerpt from Woods on sheep-dogs
1872, excerpt from Goodrich on the Shepherd's Dog and others, including quotes from Buffon and Hogg.
1890 Standard of Excellence, Collie Club (English)
1890 Standard of Excellence Scottish Collie Club
1906 and earlier photos from The Dog Book by James Watson: Charlemagne, Nesta, Cocksie and Squire of Tyton, and more early Collies.
1911, 1912 Country Life in America articles: "Save The Old-Fashioned Collie"
Stories of working shepherds/collies from 1880, 1892, 1894, 1914, 1920s and more, at Herding on the Web.
Early 1900s photos of white Collies, and a couple articles.
1922 article "The Sunnybank Collies" by George Bancroft Duren
More Terhune and Sunnybank info at Wayne Lewis' website.
Jan's collection of historic prints and photos and information
Collie and shepherd photos from family albums
A few more historic photos and illustrations online here.
The Shepherd's Dogge A quarterly journal of the Border Collie & his ancestors, devoted to sheepdog culture & lore, historic & contemporary. Ceased publication, but if you can find backissues, what a treat!
The Border Collie historical museum
Shetland Sheepdog history, including connections with the Collie breed.
Index to historic Collie photos in books.
The Ranch Dog Trainer an all breed stockdog publication.
Genetic disorders officially reported in the U.S. in Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Collie, Border Collie, English Shepherd, Kelpie, Shetland Sheepdog
Canine Eye Research Foundation, CERF website.
Info on health concerns in the Collie breed (Rough and Smooth) at the Collie Club of America Foundation website.
March 98 newsrelease on PRA research breakthrough, the Cornell team, plus background info.
Optigen's list of tests available by breed.
Where are the collie-related breeds headed for the future, and why? Given new understanding about genetic disease and the importance of genetic variation in populations for long term survival and health, the idea of what is actually a benefit to the breed as a whole is changing from what it was assumed to be just a few years ago.
Here are some articles and books that are helpful resources for thinking about how to maintain a breed's genetic heritage for the future.
How We Know What Isn't So, T. Gilovich. Avoiding common errors in reasoning.
Rational Choice in an Uncertain World, R.M. Dawes. Reasoning, and avoiding errors, with probability and statistics.
A Conservation Breeding
Handbook, Carolyn Christman and D. Phillip Sponenberg, available
from American Livestock Breeds
Association (or, may now be out of print). Excellent practical
introduction to managing genetic resources in ways appropriate to
old breeds of most species of livestock.
Managing Breeds for a Secure Future, D. Phillip Sponenberg and Donald E. Bixby, available from American Livestock Breeds Association.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, Carol Deppe. Not a peep about dogs, or even animals. Practical strategies to breed new true-breeding seed strains and to maintain existing ones; by a professional plant breeder and geneticist but written for nonprofessionals, as a practical hands-on guide. In the intro, the author reminds us that until the 20th century, all farmers were plant and animal breeders, and most people were farmers.
The Canine Diversity Project website If you read articles at this website, try to always keep in mind this point: strategies appropriate for genetic conservation of captive-bred populations of (wild) species may not [all, always] be appropriate for genetic conservation of (domestic) breeds. A breed is a genetically distinct (domestic) subgroup of a species and the fundamental purpose of a breed is to BE genetically distinct from other breeds and the rest of the species. Thanks to Dr. Pollock at Cornell and to Carolyn Christman of the ALBC for making this crucial point.
"Genetic Counseling and Breeding Management of Hereditary Disorders", Jerold S. Bell, DVM. (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005) The section entitled "Diversity Issues"is especially of note.
"Popular Sire Syndrome: Keeping Watch Over Health and Quality Issues in Purebreds", Jerold S. Bell, DVM. (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005).
"Removing the Stigma of Genetic Disease", Jerold S. Bell, DVM (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005))
"The Ins and Outs of Pedigree Analysis, Genetic Diversity, and Genetic Disease Control", Jerold S. Bell, DVM (Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2005).
Control of Canine Genetic Diseases, Dr. G. Padgett. Published 1998 by Howell Book House.
Understanding Animal Breeding, R. M. Bourdon
Genetics of the Dog, M. B. Willis
Practical Genetics for Dog Breeders, M. B. Willis
Genetics for Dog Breeders, R. Robinson
Page updated 03-05-2012 (formerly dated 12-21-2005)