Exciting things are happening in the Old-Time Scotch Collie part of our lives! First of all, Peace Ledge Freya of Snowhaven is nearly 2 – her birthday is December 3rd! Having her as part of the family these last 2 years has been a delight. The OTSCA registry is back up and running, and Freya has been granted full registration. Over the summer, we had a full genetic panel run through Embark, and discovered that while she does carry one copy of the gene that causes Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), she is otherwise completely clear of genetic issues that can plague collies and other herding breeds, such as Multi-Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1) and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). We are slowly moving forward with plans to breed this beautiful girl – more on that in the near future!
UPDATE: After months of searching, and a couple of false starts, we just brought home a male sable merle Scotch Collie – Holbrook’s Angus of Snowhaven! Angus is clear by parentage of MDR1 and CEA.
Lots of great information about these wonderful dogs can be found at the Old-Time Scotch Collie Association‘s website.
In 1900 the Scotch Collie was the dog to have, they were sought after by farmers for their herding ability and they were sought after by city dwellers because they were intelligent and loyal pets, in fact the qualities that made the Scotch Collie a great farm dog were largely the exact same properties that made it a great family dog, their intelligence and desire to please. Later in the 20th century fancy show dogs and the decline of the small family farm made the Scotch Collie obsolete, a few people began searching for and reviving these dogs in the 1980s and 1990s. Today we have a small population of these fantastic dogs left, join us as we work to preserve and increase the Old-Time Scotch Collie.