Old-Time Farm Shepherd

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 40-60 pounds     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Old-Time Farm Shepherd (also referred to as OTFS or Farm Shepherd) is an old and rather rare breed of working dog that originated in United States of American. This collie type breed is an exceptionally intelligent and versatile dog that has been used as general farm dog, guardian of flock and homes and hunting dog. This very human oriented breed descended from Scotch Collies. Once very popular among shepherds and farm owners due to its multi-talented personality, the breed suffered a declining interest as people began to shift attention to more fancied registered dogs. By 1980s, this breed became almost extinct when J. Richard McDuffie took it upon himself to start a nationwide search for this dog and he eventually succeeded in locating a family who had kept a line of this breed pure for generations. He acquired four puppies from this family and two female puppies from another family and founded the Old-Time Farm Shepherd breed.

This is a medium size breed with large expressive eyes. The dogs stand between 20-24 inches and weigh around 40-60 lbs. This breed has moderate length coats and mostly seen in sable and white colouring though tri-color, merle and black and tan are also seen.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.


The dog comes in sable, white, merle, black and tan and tricolours but most commonly it is seen in sable and white colouring.


This dog has medium length, straight, wavy or curly coat that is dirt resistent and weather proof.


The Old-Time Farm Shepherd is a very loving and affectionate dog with protective and guarding instincts. It is described as having almost human intelligence that enables this dog to figure out things and respond appropriately to different situations. This breed is very human oriented, loves to be around family and enjoy being part of the family activities. Though very friendly to all members in the family, the dog is distrustful and suspicious of strangers. This dog is a reliable watch and guard dog. It is a sensitive breed that is eager to please its master and family and will learn quickly and easily with proper training. Harsh words and heavy handed training will damage this dog.


This dog breed needs average grooming to keep the coat clean and tangle free. Bathing should be done when necessary.


It is a very tractable and easy to train dog with its high intelligence and eager to please nature. This is a sensitive breed and the trainer should be gentle with these dogs as they love and thrive on being appreciated but can be easily damaged by harsh words or heavy handed training methods.


As a working breed, the Old-Time Farm Shepherds need fair amount of physical and mental activities. These dogs love to go on walks and play with their family. This dog will need to be taken on daily walks and provided with fair amount of playing time in a large and secure open area.

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