The versatile Old-Time Scotch Collie is a landrace breed. As the progenitor of several modern Collie-type breeds, this fine dog nearly died out with the entrance of the Collie into the show ring more than a hundred years ago. Preservation efforts began in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but became more focused and effective within the last twenty years, thanks to the work of the Old-Time Scotch Collie Association.
Scotchies are treasured for their ability to tend to farm and family without formal training; they just seem to know what to do and when. While this sounds like a bit of a unicorn, we’ve experienced this ourselves and understand what all the fuss is about. This breed is incredibly intelligent, but his biddability and desire to partner with his people means that he's a joy to live with and not a burden.
The OTSC offers a range of sizes, coats, drives, energy levels, and mindsets. The foundational traits of intelligence, biddability, and sagacity make this breed a good choice for a fairly wide set of owners and homes.
The diversity of lines within the breed means that Scotch Collies are successful in farm work, performance, therapy, and as family dogs. Each breeder has their own unique goals, so it’s important to have a very clear idea of what you need in a dog when seeking your breeder. It's important to find the person who prioritizes your needs and will work with you, or who can refer you to another breeder whose dogs may be a better fit for you than their own.
While we love this breed, we recognize that they aren't the best choice for everyone; in fact, for some people, they could be the worst dog ever. To help you find the best dog ever, we've created a free tool that you can download. The Puppy Search Tool can help you to get a clear picture of what you're looking for in both your breeder and your puppy.