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Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie or Beardie is a herding breed of dog. Once used by Scottish shepherds, nowadays a popular family companion and bred for dog shows.
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It is difficult to establish the facts in looking at the history of a breed. It is held that Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish merchant, bought a cargo of grain for sheep in Scotland in 1514, and brought six Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to move the sheep.///

A Scottish shepherd was so impressed with the herding ability of the dogs that he traded a few sheep for some dogs. These were bred with local Scottish dogs producing the Bearded Collie.

What everybody seems to agree upon is that Mrs. G. Olive Willison founded today's breed with her brown bitch Jeannie of Bothkennar.

Jeannie was supposed to have been a Shetland Sheepdog, but by mistake Mrs. Willison received a Bearded Collie instead. She got so fascinated by the dog that she wanted to start breeding, so she started looking for a mate for her Jeannie.

A man she met one day while walking along the beach was about to emigrate from Scotland, so Mrs. Willison became the owner of his grey dog David, who was to become Bailie of Bothkennar.

These two dogs are what we today refer to as the founders of the modern breed and there are but a few other registerable blood lines.

The breed has become more popular over the last half of the 20th century, in part propelled by a Bearded Collie, "Potterdale Classic at Moonhill", winning Best in Show at Crufts in 1989. The Bearded Collie Club celebrated its Golden Jubilee year in 2005.

Bearded Collies as Pets

The Bearded Collie ranks 104 out of 155 breeds in popularity in the United States. A Bearded Collie is best obtained from a reputable dog breeder or a dog rescue, not from a pet store where dogs are bred specifically for profit.

Bearded Collies make excellent pets for those able to accommodate their high energy level and grooming needs.

Weekly brushing is mandatory to keep their long hair mat-free. Some Bearded Collie owners keep their pets in a "puppy cut" haircut, which does reduce the need for brushing, but does not eliminate it.

Bearded Collies are a very high energy breed, originally bred to work in the Scottish Highlands herding sheep.

Therefore, keeping a Beardie locked up in a backyard day in and day out is very cruel, indeed. Beardies need daily exercise - the more the better!.

They also prefer to be kept indoors with their families. Bored Beardies are notorious escape artists. They are also a very vocal breed and will bark at anything for any reason, especially when excited. Bearded Collies are also known to be good with children and excel at dog agility trials.

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Working life

Bearded Collies were used to herd both sheep and cattle. It is essentially a working dog, bred to be hardy and reliable, able to stand up to the harshest conditions, and the toughest sheep.

The "working bearded collie" became less so in the last few decades and might have died out. Thanks to the efforts of a few shepherds such as Tom Muirhead and Peter Wood and breeders like Brian Plummer the "working beardie" has survived and is becoming more popular.

It has been exported to Australia and the USA because it is an independent and intelligent sheep dog. The purpose of the Working Bearded Collie Society is to preserve the working abilities of the non-registered working dogs from 'bearded' ancestors. The web site Shepherds with beardies contains much valuable information on the few remaining working beardies.

The KC registered bearded collie has fallen into disrepute with the shepherds of Wales and Scotland (and elsewhere), because of the show breeders lack of attention to 'hardy and reliable'. Along with the tendency of show bred lines to develop excessive coats.

However, in some countries, notably Sweden and the United States, herding programmes have been developed for the breed. Breed clubs in these countries are actively encouraging breeders to pay attention to non-exterior qualities.

It is possible the beardie gained the name of 'bouncing beardie' because dogs would work in thick undergrowth on a hill and would bounce to catch sight of the sheep or because of the way the beardie faces a stubborn ewe, barking and bouncing on the forelegs.

The bearded collie is an enthusiastic herding dog that needs structure and fostering and that moves stock using both body, bark and bounce, should the need arise.

Bearded Collies in Popular Culture

Coal, the Bearded Collie starred in the 2006 Disney film The Shaggy Dog starring Tim Allen.

In the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks, Cody is filmed in a scene walking a Bearded Collie.

Please Don't Eat the Daisies, an American television sitcom starring Pat Crowley (1965-1967) is reported to have a Bearded Collie co-star.

Tiger from The Brady Bunch may have been a Beardie or Beardie mix.

Einstein (a.k.a. Einie), Doc Brown´s pet in the Back to future trilogy, was a Bearded Collie.

 

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my beardie, molly, is a service dog. she helps me with mobility. it is easier to get gum off your shoe then it is to separate molly from my side.
I have a Beardie.  I love my Bearded Collie.
I love the Bearded Collies

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