The Bearded Collie, or "Beardie" as he is popularly known, is one of Britain's oldest breeds. They came to prominence in Peebleshire, in Scotland, where they were highly prized for sheep-herding and cattle-droving abilities. It is said that the breed was singlehandedly saved from extinction by Kennel Owner, Mrs Willison when she obtained a breeding pair in 1944. A lean, active dog whose job required a hardy constitution, intelligence, initiative, strength, stamina and speed, it remains to this day a very natural and unspoiled breed.
The Bearded Collie is nowadays primarily a much loved companion and pet. Alert, lively and self-confident, they enjoy an active lifestyle and will be delighted in being included in family activities, and likes nothing better than a romp with the kids. Devoted to their owners and with a great desire to please, the Bearded Collie revels in feeling that they have a job to do in life.
Grooming and care
The long, flat, protective coat, which is such a feature of the breed, can be slate grey, reddish fawn, black, blue or any shade of grey, and brown and sandy, either with or without white markings. Like all long-coated breeds, the coat requires regular grooming. A wet, muddy coat is best left to dry and then brushed out.
Like all herding dogs, the Bearded Collie needs plenty of activity and opportunities to play and exercise every day. Without exercise a Bearded Collie will easily become bored and destructive.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Bearded Collies visit the University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.
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