|CH Anfield Model|
The first English collie was imported to the United States in 1879 by Allen Apgar. When his imported collies began winning at dog shows, other breeders followed his example and began importing collies as well. So the foundation stock of the American collie were collies imported to our country from England. A famous collie breeder, W.E. Mason established his kennel, Southport Collies, in New Jersey. While he began breeding his own family of collies, he started importing English collies to his kennel. He was responsible for importing more high quality collies to this country than any other breeder/exhibitor. He imported four famous collies to our country, Ch Anfield Model, Ch Squire of Tytton, Ch Parbold Picador and Ch Southport Sample, and these collies changed the breed.
Because lines of American collies were still being developed, the collies that were imported from Britain were of higher quality than what was being bred here in the United States. So when these imports stepped into the show ring, they won. The high demand for these collies led many English kennels to sell their top winning collies to American kennels. With the importation of these, high quality collies, the American collie "made rapid progress between 1900 to 1920." The American collie was originally a farm type specimen, and all the British imports helped to develop our collie into the beautiful dog we now see in most American kennels.
What I find interesting is that when I look at pictures and videos of the collies being shown in England and other European countries today, and compare them to the modern American collie, I prefer our collies. The European collie has changed quite a bit in appearance and temperament over the years. They are shorter, heavier, and have a wider skull and a more pronounced stop. They don't resemble the top winning collies of the past, many of which were imported to the United States. And if you compare the American collie with those British imports from the turn of the century, they still look very similar. I think that the American collie now surpasses European collies in beauty, grace and elegance. But that is just my own opinion, and I'm sure many European breeders prefer their collies to ours. However, I have seen breeders from England, Japan, and many other countries attend the Collie Club of America National dog show. They come to evaluate our collies, and they offer exorbitant sums of money to purchase our collies to add to their own breeding stock. The American collie has come a long way from it's original working stock, but they can still herd sheep and other farm animals just as their ancestors were of long ago.
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