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Henry Rewell


A shepherd, believed to be Henry Rewell, with a Beardie-like dog in England. This image was provided from a collector of historic items who asked that his name remain anonymous.




The Shepherd's Dog


Maureen Sale used this image in an article she authored see 1995 in the "Timeline section"). Andrew Hall, the Editor of the Working Sheepdog News (which later became the International Sheepdog News), researched his records and found that the print was originally purchased at Crufts; it was indicated it was taken c.1920. The same image appeared in a 1942 book entitled Everyman's Dog by Major Mitford Brice. Permission was granted by both Maureen Sale and Andrew Hall to reproduce the image here.




Leighton - 1922 Book


Robert Leighton's The Complete Book of the Dog was published.

In the chapter on the Old English Sheepdog, it was written that the breed was established approximately 100 years earlier, and that "a variant of the breed is known in Scotland, too, as the Bearded Collie who differs chiefly by reason that his coat is less woolly and that he is in possession of a tail, the amputation of which, in the Southern variety, is a recognized custom in England."

Though Aubrey Hopwood wrote about the Old English Sheepdog for Leighton's 1907 and 1910 books, it is believed Leighton used his own words, borrowing from the earlier works, for this 1922 book.





J. Maxtee revised (as a 5th edition) Hugh Dalziel's The Collie: Its History, Points, and Breeding. Maxtee renamed the third edition to: The Collie as a Show Dog, Companion, and Worker. Maxtee revised it a 4th time, which was released in 1921. Maxtee also revised it in 1923 (5th edition). The 5th edition included an image of Panmure Gordon's dog, Jock, on page 88.






Publication of Rowland Johns' book Dogs You'd Like to Meet. Were any of the images he used Beardie-like dogs?




Walter Wooler and Shaggy Sheepdog

1927 Receipt


Walter Wooler posed for a picture with a shaggy sheepdog. This picture appeared in Barkley Wills' Bypaths in Downland, published in 1927. It is believed this picture was taken around the mid-1920s. Mr. Wooler died on April 23, 1936 at Pyecombe at the age of 79.

Some viewers might enjoy seeing the buyer's receipt for this book, dated October 1927.




Albert Gorringe with Beardie


Mr. Albert Gorringe was the son of Mr. Solomon Gorringe. He is standing behind a Beardie-like dog on the right side of the image. This picture also appeared in Barkley Wills' book Bypaths in Downland. If you look carefully, a covered wagon can be seen in the background behind the sheep. Such wagons were often where the shepherds slept at night, as well as keeping various items needed to carry out their shepherding duties.




Edward Ash, authored Dogs: Their History and Development (1927). Clifford Hubbard, in his book The Literature of British Dogs (1949) stated: "The last and undoubtedly the greatest work on the dog ever printed in English is Dogs: Their History and Development (1927) by Edward C. Ash."

Hubbard went on to state: "Of all the published literature on the dog, in any language, Ash's Dogs: Their History and Development remains the supreme effort for original work and investigation."




Shaggy Sheepdog


An unidentified shepherd posed for this picture with a shaggy sheepdog. This image appeared in Barkley Wills' book Downland Treasure (1929).




Shepherds in South Downs

Shepherd from the South of England


Andrew Hall acquired two images and graciously agreed to share them for inclusion on this website. The first image is a group of men in the South Downs being visited by the local priest. Notice the dogs appear to be Beardies.

The other image is a shepherd from the South of England. Again, another Beardie working for his master.






A shepherd, believed to be Arthur Rusbridge, posed for a picture. There is a Beardie-like dog in the middle. Provided by an anonymous source. That individual was certain it was Mr. Rusbridge.




David Breach and Beardie


The date of this photograph is unknown, but it was placed here because it is believed to have been taken in the 1930s. This photo appeared in "This England" magazine in the Spring of 1981 on page 65 and in the Winter of 1981, page 67. It was provided for use on this website courtesy of the Worthing Museum. It is copyrighted and not to be reproduced without contacting the Museum to make arrangements for licensing to be granted.


c. 1930


F. T. Daws


This image of a painting was provided courtesy of Sue O'Brien. The painting is believed to have been rendered by Frederick T. Daws (b. 1878). His date of death is unknown, but believed to be around 1930.




Balmacneil Jock


A. Croxton Smith published a book entitled About Our Dogs in 1931. In the 1950 edition, an image of Balmacneil Jock appeared between pages 80 and 81. It is believed that this image was included in the first edition. Jock was whelped February 27, 1926 from a mating between Mr. Scott's dog, Rover, and a bitch named Ninewells Nell. In June of 1928, Vicarsford Scottie was transferred from Mr. Scott to Mrs. Cameron-Miller, who then changed the name to Balmacneil Jock. Mrs. Miller was listed as being "Mrs. E. Cameron-Miller of Balmacneil, Ballinluig, Perthshire."




Edward Ash's The Practical Dog Book, New York: The Derrydale Press, 1931, was published.



Barker, K. F.


K. F. Barker provided several sketches of Beardies in her books.




John Beecher


Barkley Wills' photograph of John Beecher. Permission was granted by Peter Austin from the “Sussex County Magazine” to present the image on this website strictly for educational use. It is not to be used for any commercial purpose without first contacting the magazine.






Hutchinson's Dog Encyclopedia (1935). A Beardie-like with his shepherd.






Cecil Aldin (1870-1935), a very well known British artist and illustrator, did a painting of a Beardie-like dog. This image was entitled "Jim." Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Aldin used another Beardie-like type of dog in "Bluemarket Races." The image showed only the back of the dog and was more of a caricature type of work as opposed to a painting.





Biz and Joey


Ada Galsworthy authored a charming book entitled The Dear Dog. She married John Galsworthy (the famous author) in 1905. She was his second wife, and the couple leased property at Wingstone Manor (in the village of Manaton in Dartmoor Forest). The properly is located on the edge of a moor where hundreds of sheep resided. A preparer for this website spoke with Mrs. Kapff, an owner of the property in September of 2009 (when the property was advertised as being "for sale").

While the Galsworthy couple lived at Wingstone Manor, two working sheepdogs (one who really didn't want to work) seemed to make their way into the Galsworthys' lives. You need to read the book to learn how all that happened.

Biz was described as: "a small, well-bred Old English sheepdog, bobtail... ." It would be hard to argue that Biz certainly appeared to be a Beardie, and that Mrs. Galsworthy likely didn't know that such a breed existed. She also described Joey as a proper working sheepdog, being: "large, perfectly white, dark-eyed, rather tragic clown... ." Joey also appeared to be a Beardie.







JImmy Dunford on the Salisbury Plain in the deep snow with Beardie dated December 8, 1937. The Dunford-2 image appeared in the book The Countryside Remembered, by Sadie Ward, (1991), page 71. These photographs are licensed by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) to this website. They are not to be reproduced in any manner without contacting MERL at the University of Reading in order to make arrangements for licensing use.




Bob-tail Sheepdog


Vere Temple was an illustrator and the author of a book entitled An Artist Goes to the Dogs, published in 1937. Her "Bobtailed Sheepdog" painting certainly appeared almost identical to merle Beardies still being produced by some individuals in the U.K. today. The viewer clearly can see how similar some of the breeds were or are.




Tom Godden


The date of this photograph is unknown. The shepherd in the image was Tom Godden, head looker of Castle Farm near Camber Castle, standing with a sheep dog and his long crook. Barkley Wills also included a different picture of Tom Godden with "Turk" of Winchelsea (name of the dog) in his third book entitled Shepherds of Sussex. This picture was provided for use on this website courtesy of the Worthington Museum. It is copyrighted and not to be reproduced without contacting the Museum to make arrangements for licensing to be granted.






John Herries McCulloch authored Sheep Dogs and Their Masters. This image was in a later 1940 book (Page 60) and labeled "A Pair of Old-Fashioned 'Beardies' Waiting for Orders." The photo was taken by Robert Adam. Because the image is believed to have appeared in the 1938 first edition, it was placed here. The date the photograph was taken is unknown. The image has appeared in other publications.




Edward Ash's book The New Book of the Dog: A comprehensive and up-to-date guide to their History, Pedigree, Breeding, Exhibiting Points, Ailments, etc., New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939, was published. The Bearded Collie was only mentioned on page 40, where Ash was describing dogs discussed by a previously author, Hugh Dalziel. The listing included the following quote: "Bearded Collie.—(Closely Curled hair.)" Those were the only words which appeared on that page regarding a Bearded Collie.




Eternal Trust


This photograph has the name "Eternal Trust" written on the back. It was dated 1939 by the Museum of English Rural Life. This photo also appeared on the cover of The Millennium Book 2000 by The Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club. This photograph is licensed by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) to this website. It is not to be reproduced in any manner without contacting MERL at the University of Reading in order to make arrangements for licensing use.


c. 1939


Beardie, Lamb and Shepherd


This image appears to be the same dog with the same man in the background which appeared on the cover of The Millennium Book 2000 mentioned above.




A Working Beardie


Shepherd Turner posed with his working Beardie in England. The exact date is not known. The picture appeared in a book where the subject was showing a man in typical shepherds' clothing. All attempts to secure copyright permission were met without success. Hopefully, the showing of the shepherd's dog (representing a small portion of the entire picture) will not be challenged due to this being an educational website.




Ellis Bradford-1

Ellis Bradford-2

Ellis Bradford-3


Three poor quality images (unfortunately) have been approved to be placed on this website by Ellis Bradford's granddaughter, Mrs. Hylands, who lives in a small village named Lullington. She indicated her grandfather was born in either 1891 or 1892, as he died at 80 years of age in June, 1972. The images are not dated, but they are believed to have been taken around the early 1940s. Mr. Bradford lost one leg in the war. Sitting next to his Beardie in the one picture, the dog looks quite large. It is one of those shots where the camera made the dog look "out of perspective" due to being so close to the camera. Were it not for the family's knowledge that the dog was a Beardie-like dog, there would be plenty of viewers who might think the first image was an Old English Sheepdog.




Cozy Place

Mother's Love


Samuel Fulton (1855-1941), a British artist, painted two oil paintings of the same Beardie-like dog. The dates are unknown for these paintings. They are placed here based upon the date of death for the artist.




Earl Painting


Maud Earl, born in 1864, was a well known British-American canine painter. Most writings about her paintings indicate she was quite accurate in recording the many breeds she painted. The image presented is often described as a Bearded Collie. Not knowing the date, it was placed here based upon the year of the artist's death.




A. Croxton Smith authored British Dogs (1945) and included the Reinagle painting in color. (See 1803 for "Reinagle" entry in the "Timeline" section to view the painting.) Smith had nothing to say in his 1945 book regarding a Beardie-like dog, but he included a caption ("Old English Sheepdog") for the Reinagle image. Smith may have known about Beardies when he wrote About Our Dogs (see 1931 entry above). It is believed that Mrs. Cameron-Miller's Jock appeared in the 1931 first edition; the image was definitely included in the 1950 edition.




Clifford L. B. Hubbard's book, The Observer's Book of Dogs (~1945) had a short write up on page 198, near the end of the book:


Highland Cattle; Mountain Collie

Unfortunately this variety (which really has all the distinction of a breed) is extremely rare to-day, only a few first-class dogs being found in Peebleshire where it is still maintained by discriminating drovers. The Bearded Collie is older than the smart Rough-coated Collie and is probably part ancestor of the Old English Sheepdog.

Height 22in. Coat long, hard and shaggy, with good beard. Head square; body short."

He also mentioned the Bearded on page 49, under his short write up on the Smooth-haired Collie:

"The Smooth-haired Collie (like the Highland or Bearded) is an uncommon variety of the breed, which merits a better degree of popularity than it has received as yet."




Harry Pitt and Beardie


This photograph is licensed by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) to this website. It is not to be reproduced in any manner without contacting MERL at the University of Reading in order to make arrangements for licensing use.

On the back of the image, these words were written: "Harry Pitt, who has spent the whole of his 73 years amongst sheep, is still able to hand shear at Mr. P. Stewart's Tory's farm at Hemsworth near Blandford, Dorset, where all the flock of pedigree H.D.S. sheep are hand sheared."

The H.D.S. stood for Hampshire Downs' sheep. There was also a stamp on the back indicating the picture may have been placed in a newspaper called the Farmers Weekly. There was also an acknowledgement of the image appearing in The Countryside Remembered (1991), page 76. There was a date stamp of June 14, 1946, but it is not known if that was the date for when the picture was taken, or some other date. Mr. Pitt was not named in Sadie Ward's The Countryside Remembered.




Hubbard's Books

Bearded Collie

Old Welsh Grey


Clifford L. B. Hubbard's book Working Dogs of the World was published in 1947. In the early pages he talked about Robert Leighton and Edward C. Ash being "great cynologists." He was not so flattering regarding Vero Shaw and Dalziel. He felt their writings provided shed little light on many of the breeds.

In that book, on page 2, he wrote:

"However, as far as Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs are concerned, many breeds of which exist to-day very litle unchanged, we know that in Europe alone, there were many distinct races upwards of 1,000 years ago. These were all highly trained dogs, of vastly differing types and sizes, yet each the most perfect instrument for the job of work concerned."

He wrote on page 21: "The Show Collie is only in very rare cases used in working on the pasture; as a breed the Collie is, of course, a traditional shepherd dog, and it is well known that a few Bearded Collies are able to work very well indeed...." On page 71, he stated: "....(the Bearded Collie makes an expert cattle-worker as well)." On page 154, he pointed out to the reader the similarities between a typical old-fashioned working type of Beardie and the Old Welsh Grey (using pictures for the comparison). The images appear here strictly for educational purposes.




Clifford Hubbard's Dogs in Britain, etc., (1948) included language which basically repeated his earlier words about the Bearded Collie. On page 194 he put forth his conjecture that the Bearded Collies were "probably even older than the smart Rough-coated Collie, and its early history links with that of the Old English Bob-tailed Sheepdog."




Clifford Hubbard wrote and published An Introduction to the Literature of British Dogs, etc. (1949). In that book, he gave his opinion on page 46, about Edward Ash's 1927 book. Hubbard stated:

"Of all the published literature on the dog in any language, Ash's Dogs: Their History and Development remains the supreme effort for original work and investigation. This great book is not the last word on dogs (no book could possibly be), but certainly it will reign supreme as a work of reference until well into the second half of this century."






W. Lavallin Puxley authored Collies and Sheepdogs, (1948). A small portion of text is reproduced regarding how shepherds value the sheepdog.




Beardie-like Practicing Sheep Walking


The Shepherd's Dogs: Their Training for Mustering and Trial Work was published in 1949. The author was C. W. G. Hartley. This book, published in New Zealand as a second edition in 1951, included one picture of a Beardie-like dog being trained to walk the backs of sheep. The picture appears here strictly for educational purposes. It likely appeared in the 1949 edition.

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