Colonsay KennelsMiss Marion Sheila Scott Macfie, founder, first and lifetime President of the Norfolk Terrier Club, and her famous Colonsay Dalmatians and Norfolk Terriers, in 1935.
Colonsay Kennels was founded by Miss Marion Sheila Scott MacFie in 1933 and she joined The Norwich Terrier Club in 1935. She believed the breed should be a small red harsh coated dog with drop ears. Mrs. MacFie successfully bred and showed before the war and survival of the breed during the war was largely credited to her. These dogs, placed to work on neighboring farms, held the record for 150 rats during an afternoon's threshing. There was local demand for these thrifty keepers. Discouraged by the drop-ear ring defeats and changing show type of prick-ears, Miss Macfie led the movement to breed separation, accomplished in 1964, shortly before her death. Although her founding dog, Tiny Tim of Biffin carried the black and tan gene, any black and tan dogs she bred were allowed the Colonsay prefix but were not bred as she believed the recessive black and tan gene would soften the coats and make for a fuller coat. Many of the well known kennels on both sides of the Atlantic were built from a Colonsay foundation, including Nanfan, Ragus, Waveney Valley and Hunston. Miss MacFie began a campaign in the 1950's for the Kennel Club to separate the Norwich breed into separate ear types, prick ear and drop ear varieties but her goal was not accomplished until 1964. Miss MacFie quoted from an old publication: "I first started breeding Norwich Terriers over twenty years ago, and my first dog was Tiny Tim of Biffin, bred by Mrs. Mainwaring of Rugely. Wherever I showed Dalmations I used to enter one or two Norwich Terriers in variety classes. At first the judges quite obviously did not know what they were but with persistent showing under everyone, they at last began to recognize them. I have always tried to breed to the standard - a small, natural hard coated little dog that needs no trimming. It is not always easy to keep them as small as they should be but the difficulty must be met. Another thing at which I have always aimed is good temper - this, I think, is mostly a matter of the conditions in which they live. All mine can be let loose together, and there is never any trouble - which is more than can be said of many other breeds." Founding lines with a Colonsay foundation can be mapped back as:Colonsay (1933) to Ragus to Gotoground (1963)Colonsay to NanfanColonsay to Waveney Valley (early 1940's)Colonsay to Hunston Colonsay to Ickworth to Allright (1980's), Titanium, Crackshill and RagusColonsay to TitaniumColonsay to CrackshillColonsay to KedronColonsay to Port Fortune