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Bearded Collie

These shaggy coated cattle herders are native to Scotland

BREED ORIGINS

For the last 500 years there have been dogs resembling the Bearded Collie as we know it today, a shaggy coated dog used for herding cattle and sheep in the Borders and Highlands of Scotland. Their is a theory that Beardies are descended from Central European stock, notably Polish Lowland Sheepdogs and Komondorok, brought to Scotland in the 1500’s. We do catch glimpses of the breed in paintings of the 1700’s, a golden age of British portraiture. Such masters as Reynolds and Gainsborough included dogs recognisable as Bearded Collies in portraits of well-heeled Scottish clients. This indicates that somewhere along the way the humble shepherd’s dog became a fashionable ornament of high society. The first breed standard was drawn up in 1912 but the Beardie population was dwindling fast and by 1940’s was very scarce. The revival of the breed came from a lucky accident. Mrs G Olive Willison asked a Scottish farmer for a working Shetland Sheepdog. The puppy she received turned out to be a Bearded Collie, which she names Jeannie. Mrs Willison, so taken with her bitch, searched for a mate for her, located a dog named Bailey in the South of England and thus were established the Bothkennar Bearded Collies, providing the foundation for the modern breed. In 1955 a new Bearded Collie Club was formed and The Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1959.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Beardie, Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Scottish Bearded Collie, Hairy Mou’ed Collie


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

Bearded Collies display shaggy hair and a sweet disposition and are independent, inquisitive, high energy and athletic. Each Bearded Collie differs in temperament, from laid back to lively. For the most part, Bearded Collies love to give kisses and wag their tails. Bearded Collies are smart and loyal with a loud bark who tend to be good with children (though they can be too active for small children). Bearded Collies enjoy being the center of attention along with spending time with their family. Overall, male Bearded Collies tend to be more outgoing than females. These rambunctious comics can be a handful – but mostly, Beardies are fluffy bundles of heart, energy, and laughter. Well-socialised Beardies will get on nicely with other animals. They bore easily, and training must be kept interesting. There independent (some would say stubborn) streak can make training a challenge, but patient owners will eventually succeed in winning over their Beardies using positive reinforcement – and lots of treats! Outdoorsy families looking for a sturdy dog to share an uptempo lifestyle will never find a more affectionate and amusing sidekick. Unlike many of their owners, Beardies are happy to run and play outside no matter what the weather! They need some sort of activity every day, whether playing ball; a long walk, run, or hike; or just playing in a large, fenced-in garden or other area with a companion, human or canine.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

COUNTRY OF ORIGINScotland, UK
PURPOSE BRED FORHerding sheep
OVERALL SIZEMedium
TEMPERAMENTFriendly, Comical, Lively
EXERCISE NEEDEDUp to 1 hour per day
IDEAL SIZE OF HOMEMedium
HEIGHT – MALE53-56 cm / 21-22 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE51-53 cm / 20-21 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPELong length, double coat
GROOMING NEEDSDaily
RARE BREEDYes
LIFE EXPECTANCY12-14 years

MORE INFORMATION

  • Beardies can be found in four colours: Black, brown, blue, and fawn – with or without white markings.
  • Their outer coat consists of harsh, straight guard hairs. The undercoat is a softer, fuzzy coat which provides insulation.
  • They enjoy working and do very well competing in most dog sports including agility and herding. 
  • As with most intelligent, active dogs, if bearded collies do not receive enough exercise and attention they can develop some bad habits. Nuisance barking, digging and sometimes chewing habits can occur.
  • Beardies always have their eyes open, and are good watch dogs. They are used to standing guard over their herds of cattle, but their naturally friendly demeanour means they are more likely to welcome a stranger than be wary of them.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD

Breed standards vary throughout the world, click the buttons below for more information about this breed.


PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT BEARDED COLLIES

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.

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