About the Bearded Collie Dog Breed
Dating back to the 16th century, the Bearded Collie is probably the oldest dog breed in Great Britain. The Bearded Collie is now mostly bred for dog shows, though it makes an excellent family companion.
Bearded Collie Physical Characteristics
The Bearded Collie has a large build with floppy ears and long bushy tails.
The Bearded Collie can be seen in blue, black, tan or brown — though always with white.
Bearded Collie Personality and Temperament
The Bearded Collie is very loving, especially towards children. It makes for a great watch dog.
Things to Consider
It is the Bearded Collie’s nature to try and heard just about anything — cats, dogs and even kids.
Bearded Collie Care
Ideal Living Conditions
The Bearded Collie fares well in the country or city.
In order to keep its long coat and bushy beard well kept, it requires regular grooming.
Bearded Collie Health
Pemphigus foliaceous is a condition commonly seen in the Bearded Collie.
Bearded Collie History and Background
Occasionally referred to as the Highland Collie, the Mountain Collie, or simply Beardie, the Bearded Collie is one of Britain’s oldest breeds. Its origins are thought to date back to the early 1600s, with a relation to the Polish Lowland Sheepdog breed. The earliest known picture of the Bearded Collie, however, was not until 1771, when a dog of similar appearance was placed in a portrait with the Duke of Buccleuch. A description of the breed was later published in an 1818 edition of Livestock Journal.
The dog proved to be an excellent sheep and cattle herder, both in the rough terrain of England and in Scotland. It was only afterwards, during the Victorian era, that the Bearded Collie came to be regarded as a popular show dog. This occurred when the two breeds of the Highland strain with gray and white coats, and the brown and white way coat Border strains were crossbred to form a single breed.
The Bearded Collie was introduced to the United States in the late 1950s, and by July 1969, the Bearded Collie Club of America was founded. The breed became eligible to be shown in the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Miscellaneous Class in 1977 and was given full status as part of the AKC’s Herding Group in 1983.