Image from page 131 of "The new book of the dog : a comprehensive natural history of British dogs and their foreign relatives, with chapters on law, breeding, kennel management, and veterinary treatment" (1911)
Authors: Leighton, Robert, 1859-1934
Contributing Library: Webster Family Library of Veterinary Medicine
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whichmay rise in front of him when he is duti-fully herding the sheep, but a more alertgun dog and retriever it would be hard tofind. When his master lifts the gun Kepis in his element, and not many woundedrabbits are allowed to reach their burrowsafter the shot is fired. Kep is of the blackand white type, which is the most popularamong the shepherds of Scotland. At theshows this type of dog is invariably at thetop of the class. He is considered themost tractable, and is certainly the mostagile. Second to this type in favour is thesmooth-coated variety, a very hardy, use-ful dog, well adapted for hill work andusually very fleet of foot. He is not sosweet in temper as the black and white,and is slow to make friends. In the Ettrickand Yarrow district I find the smootha popular sheepdog. The shepherds main-tain that he climbs the hills more swiftly THE NEW BOOK OF THE DOG. than the rough, and in the heavy snow-storms his clean, unfeathered legs do notcollect and carry the snow. He has a
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MR. J. DALGLIESHS BEARDED COLLIE ELLWYN GARRIE. fuller coat than the show specimens usuallycarry, but he has the same type of head,eye, and ears, only not so well developed. Then there is the Scottish bearded, orHighland, Collie, less popular still withthe flock-master, a hardy-looking dog inoutward style, but soft in temperament,and many of them make better cattle thansheep dogs. This dog and the Old EnglishSheepdog are much alikein appearance, but thatthe bearded is a more racyanimal, with a head resem-bling that of the DandieDinmont rather than thesquare head of the Bob-tail. The strong - limbedbearded Collie is capableof getting through a gooddays work, but is not sosteady nor so wise as theold - fashioned black andwhite, or even the smooth-coated variety. He is afavourite with the butcherand drover who have some-times a herd of trouble-some cattle to handle, andhe is well suited to rough and rocky ground, active in movement,and as sure-footed as the wild goat.He can endure cold a
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