Bearded Collies!

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History of the Breed

The origins of the BEARDED COLLIE date back into distant time and their history is incomplete because the BEARDIE belonged to the hill shepherd rather than catching the nobleman's fancy as a show breed. Tracing back as far as 1514, they appear to be one of the oldest British breeds.

In Scotland, in a document dated in 1514, a shipmaster apparently traded three Lowland Polish Sheepdogs for a valuable ram and ewe. It is believed that these dogs were bred with the Highland Collie and formed the foundation lines of the BEARDED COLLIE.

It wasn't until 1959 that the BEARDIE gained championship status in England. The breed gained recognition with the Canadian Kennel Club in 1970 and with the American Kennel Club in 1977.



Description of the Bearded Collie

The BEARDED COLLIE is a medium-sized dog. Males usually range 21 to 22 inches at the withers; females are slightly less at 20 to 21 inches. Weight varies with size and sex, but adults average between 45 and 55 pounds. The BEARDIE is longer than tall.

His endearing expression, boundless energy and steady, self-confident nature, combine to make a lovable and loyal friend. He makes an excellent family member. The BEARDIE is very devoted to his family and must live as a member of the family and must not be kept as a kennel dog, confined to a basement or tied up in a backyard. Bred to herd, he is a lean, strongly-built dog of medium size and requires daily outdoor exercise. His coat requires grooming 2-3 times a week. The typical beard starts under the chin and becomes increasingly longer towards the chest. The BEARDED COLLIE can be born either black, brown, blue or fawn, with or without white markings.

The BEARDIE has a great deal to offer; he gives you his all, and asks only that you love and care for him in return.