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BEARDED COLLIE

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The Bearded Collie, affectionately called the Beardie, was developed in Scotland as a sheep herding dog It was an independent worker, able to make decisions concerning the welfare and safety of sheep without direction from the shepherd.

The Bearded Collie is no relation to the Rough Collie - well known for its role in "Lassie".

The Bearded Collie may have remained a working sheepdog in Scotland rather than becoming a popular family pet if it had not been for a chance happening in 1944. An English dog breeder, Mrs Willison, ordered a Shetland Sheepdog from another breeder. However when the pup was delivered it turned out to be a Bearded Collie, as the breeder had no Shetland Sheepdogs available and substituted a Bearded Collie.

After falling in love with the breed, Mrs. Willison eventually decided to breed a litter from her Beardie. This was not an easy task as the breed had become scarce due to the war.

The first litter was to a male of dubious parentage but from the second litter sired by a pure Bearded Collie male, a pup was kept and registered as Bailie of Bothkenner. From there the modem Bearded Collie came to existence and today the breed is found throughout the world.


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Characteristics
The Beardie should convey an impression of strength and agility. It is often confused with the Old English Sheepdog due to the long coat and the hair covering the eyes. However the Beardie is a leaner, lighter dog than the OES and the coat is straighter and not as profuse. The Bearded Collie always has a long tail.

Beardies can be found in several colours: slate grey, reddish fawn, black, blue, all shades of grey, brown and sandy - with or without white markings on the foreface, a collar around the neck, chest, legs and tip of tail. The actual colour of a Beardie can be determined from the colour of the pigment of the nose leather and the lips. Blacks should have black pigment, blues and slate-greys have gray-blue, and browns have brown.

It is extremely difficult to predict the adult colour of a puppy. Beardies are born dark. As they grow, they start to turn grey and lighten. A puppy that is born a black may be silver at one year of age. The chocolate brown puppy will often lighten to a light fawn. Between 12 to 18 months, the coat starts to darken again. but rarely become as dark as it was at birth. It is difficult to predict just what shade coat the puppy will have as an adult.

Maintenance
The Bearded Collie is a high maintenance breed but a thorough brushing twice a week should keep the coat in good condition and prevent matting. Beardies do shed, but regular brushing removes the dead hair. The adult Beardie has a double coat. The outer coat consists of harsh, flat, shaggy water repellent hairs. The undercoat is a softer furry coat which provided insulation against,' he cold in its native Scotland.

The Beardie is a steady natured, intelligent dog but is very alert, self-confident and active.

Approximate Height
: 51-56 cm

Weight:
19-25kg

Further Information
  Books - Bearded Collie Pet Love



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Last Update: 05/03/07 23:25 Views: 2451

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