Bearded Collies


Bearded Collies

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Breed Notes

The Bearded Collie or "Beardie" has also been called the Highland Collie. This is an old herding breed with obscure beginnings. It has been documented to have been in Scotland since the sixteenth century. They are sheepdogs that have also been used for droving and as guard dogs. They were registered by the American Kennel Club in 1976.
The Beardie is lighthearted and sometimes rambunctious. He is sociable and charming and an ideal companion and family pet. He does need lots of exercise and his coat does need frequent combing.
The Beardie has a flat head with a square skull. The muzzle and skull are of equal length. The bite is scissors. He has arched eyebrows and wide-set eyes that give him a humorous expression. The coat on the head is long and naturally parts over the bridge of the nose to cover the lip line. Coat from the cheeks is long enough to form the characteristic beard from which he gets his name. He has medium sized drop ears that are set level with the eyes and covered with long hair. He has a large angular nose. He has a deep chest with strong, straight legs that are covered with long, shaggy hair. The gait is free, supple and powerful and gives the impression that the dog is gliding across the ground. He moves toward a single track as his speed increases. His back is level. His body length is greater than its height. The tail is low-set on a slightly curved croup. The tail is long enough to reach the top point of the hock and is carried low with an upward swirl at the tip. His entire body is covered with an abundant double coat. The undercoat is soft and furry. The outer coat is harsh, strong, thick and shaggy. There may be a slight wave in the outer coat but no woolliness or curl. Accepted colors are gray, reddish fawn, black, brown, blue, and sand, all with or without white markings. He resembles the Old English Sheepdog but is smaller and lighter. The average height of the Beardie is between twenty and twenty-two inches and weight is between forty and sixty pounds.


jlevinson@socal.rr.com of Los Angeles, CA writes:

A great breed for someone with a sense of humor.
I've owned Beardies for over ten years now. They are extremely intelligent, and have a mind of their own. Definitely a sense of humor is needed with them. They are a breed that needs a sense of purpose. Remember, they were bred as a livestock herding dog, which means they aren't happy simply curled up in the corner by the fireplace. A Beardie is extremely bright, fun loving, and needs a sense of purpose.


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