Note: The articles and photos below tell the stories of the people and circumstances that shaped English Shepherds as a breed. Not all of the dogs presented could be identified as "English Shepherds", at least not according to our modern ways of thinking. But all provide context that is useful for understanding what English Shepherds, as a breed, are all about.
Although not well known to modern dog fanciers, English Shepherds were once a familiar part of the American landscape. In How to Breed Dogs (published 1937), Leon Whitney referred to the Farm Shepherd as the most popular breed in America and noted, "...known variously as the farm shepherd, the barnyard collie, the old fashioned shepherd, the cow dog, the English Shepherd and by other colloquial names... I doubt there is a more alert, trustworthy, or American dog."