Friday, June 27, 2014

Brigham Young, Dog Man


Donald McCaig said...

They wouldn't have had borzoi noses and they wouldn't have been "purebred".

Donald McCaig

PBurns said...

True! The dogs came over in 1852 (first dog show was in 1859, and KC in the UK was not started until 1873) and were brought over by the PEF wool growers, with PEF standing for Perpetual Emigration Fund.

Apparently the collies were "devoured by wolves and coyotes" and so shepherd boys (being cheaper to get in a Mormon colony, I suppose) were employed during the remainder of the 1850.

The Borzoi look was not crossed into "pedigree" collies until the late 1800s, probably with the help of Queen Victoria and her gift Borzois.

See here for the only mention of the early collies in Utah I can find >>