Bearded collie
Escocia FCI 271 . Sheepdogs

Collie Barbudo

The Bearded collie It is an energetic dog. They need exercise and homework to do, How to care for children.



The Bearded collie It is a breed of dog of medium size and long coat, It was originally used in tasks of grazing by Scottish shepherds. He is originally from Scotland, and their closest ancestors are a race of imported Polish shepherds in 1514.

The history of the Collie-as we have said in another post of race– is a mixture of reality and legend. One story recounts that Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish merchant, went to Scotland in 1514 in order to negotiate a shipment of grain for sheep in several pastors, apparently brought six copies of pastoral dogs (Poles) it performed tasks of grazing in his native Poland, and at the destination they would help to move the cattle. A Scottish Shepherd, He was so impressed with the ability of herding dogs of Kazimierz Grabski, which changed several sheep by some of those six dogs. Y, was that, These Polish shepherds dogs were bred with the local dogs from Scotland and from there was born the beautiful Bearded Collie. This is one of the theories.

Another theory, raises that Mrs G. Oliva Willison founded the breed Bearded collie modern with her brown bitch, Jeannie of Bothkennar. Jeannie, was - allegedly- a dog Shetland Sheepdog, at least that race was which had been commissioned, but Mrs. Willison got a bitch much like the current one Bearded collie by accident. Despite knowing that it was not the dog that was looking for, She became fascinated with the copy received and its sole objective, Thereafter it was to begin to raise the dogs of your bitch Jeannie, so began searching for a dog suited to the characteristics of your copy.

An afternoon, While walking along the beach, He met a man who had emigrated from Scotland with his grey dog, David, who became in a very short time in "Bailie of Bothkennar", the boyfriend of Jeannie. Then, This story tells that Bailie and Jeannie de Bothkennar are the founders of the modern race of Bearded collie.

But the stories do not there, If we escarbamos a bit we find name that have been very important for the development and prosperity of the race, for example..., Nicolas Broadbridge and Betty Foster…

The race became very popular during the latter half of the 20th century, thanks to a Bearded collie, that turned out to be the best winner in the Crufts event in 1989. The Crufts is an annual International Championship of canine exhibition organised by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom, currently held every month in March at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham, England. It is the largest annual canine exhibition that exists in the world, as stated by the Guinness World Records Guide (Guinness World Records), the event lasts for four days.

Today it is still a breed in many countries, in United States, for example, Bearded Collie ranks 104 of 155 in the annual ranking of popularity of the American Kennel Club breeds.

Bearded Collie is now mostly a great pet companion of many families, but originally it was used to drive sheep and cattle. It´s, essentially, a working dog, raised to be durable and reliable., able to cope with harsh and difficult conditions, like driving a herd of rebel sheep but successfully.

The Bearded collie work has become less common in recent decades and may have become extinct, were it not for the dedication and efforts of some pastors as Tom Muirhead and Peter Wood (and breeders like Brian Plummer), that they have dedicated themselves to keep active the most ancient part of the race. From his dedication of these gentlemen, specimens of Bearded collie (of work) Australia and United States, It was where more support found among those who sought an independent and intelligent dog. They founded the "Working Bearded Collie Society's" (Society of Bearded collie of work).

The "Working Bearded Collie Society's" mission is to preserve the capacities of these dogs work “barbets” as them were their ancestors. "They have a website called"Shepherds with beardies” (Shepherds with Beardies) with much valuable information for lovers of the - now- small population Bearded collie of work.

Registration of dogs Bearded collie It has decreased significantly in Wales, Scotland and other countries due to lack of interest of the community with regard to the rearing of working dogs, lately the premium aesthetics, and breeders tend to develop lines of samples with excessive layers, for example. However, in some countries (as Sweden and United States) have developed programs focused on grazing for the race. Several organizations have also been established in different countries that encourage, actively, breeders to stress other qualities besides appearance.

Physical characteristics

The Bearded collie, as we said at the beginning, is a medium-sized dog, they have an average weight of 18 - 27 kg. The males measure approximately 53 - 56 cm in height to the cross, While the females are somewhat smaller, measuring of 51 - 53 height cm.
They have a mantle of double layer, the hair is long, smooth (or slightly wavy) and soft to the touch. Several colors are supported, It may be black, blue, Brown or beige with white markings or Tan.

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Cubs Bearded collie born dark, and it is not always clear what color will be when they grow up. The coat lightens when ripe and then begins to darken again when having 12 - 18 months of age. The coat can not reach its final color until the dog is four years or more.

Character and skills

The Bearded collie is an excellent pet for those willing to adapt to their high level of energy and care of their hair long ... The weekly brushing is required to keep your hair healthy long without knots.

The Bearded collie It is an energetic dog, Let us not forget that - originally designed- to work in the Highlands of Scotland raising of ovejas… They need exercise and tasks to do, How to care for children, Yes, will be an excellent Kangaroo!

It is a faithful and family dog. The females., often, they are more expressive and stubborn than males. In training, males are more likely to follow the instructions and the females are more independent.

Observations and tips

    This breed is not very widespread outside its country of origin, but hatcheries produce high quality specimens. If you want a puppy, a reservation is necessary. It is a breed that needs to work and feel useful, reason why the training is advisable. Not a difficult animal, but it can be quite stubborn if you are not convinced of the usefulness of what is required.

Health “Bearded collie”

Bearded Collies are some health conditions that may be of concern. They include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, diseases of the eyes, autoimmune thyroiditis, skin condition called pemphigus foliaceus and Addison's disease. Not all bearded collies suffer all or even any of these conditions, but to know in advance will help you in your search for a breeder.

Do not buy a puppy from a breeder who can not provide written documentation that parents were exempted from health problems affecting race. Make the dogs are “reviewed by the veterinarian” It is not a substitute for testing genetic health.

Remember that after bringing a new puppy to your home, You have the power to protect one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keeping a puppy with an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to prolong life. Advantage to the maximum their preventive abilities to help ensure a healthier dog for life

Grooming “Bearded collie”

The glory of Bearded collie it's his coat. The hardest part of caring for a Barbudo is also his coat. Wait half an hour to one hour a week to fix it. Brush and comb with wire brush or slicker brush and comb stainless steel also keep their double coat entanglements. Water spray or coat with spray antienredo before brushing to avoid damaging the hair. Is a good idea that the breeder show you how to brush the hair of an adult dog. Bathe your Bearded collie every six to eight weeks or more often, especially if (or when) their rooms are hairy rear with feces.

In addition to the time spent caring for fur, Prepare for dirt, mud and debris that accumulate in the hairy legs of the dog. A light trimming can reduce the clutter a bit and gives the legs a clean look.

If you regularly Aseas, the Bearded collie I shouldn't change much, but passes through a heavier coat every year that lasts two to four weeks. Also it loses a lot for a period of two or three months when the coat of the puppy is coming and adult fur is coming. Grooming a puppy takes very little time, but it is advisable to start early to get used to stand still while you work on your coat.

The rest are basic care. Trim fingernails as needed, usually once a month. Brush your teeth often for general good health and fresh breath. Check the weekly ears to see if there is dirt, redness or odor that may indicate an infection. If the ears are dirty, I wipe them with a damp cotton with a soft ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian.

Characteristics "Bearded collie"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Bearded collie" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Images "Bearded collie"


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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI:Group 1 –> Herding dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs ) / Section 1 –> Sheepdogs. Without working trial.
  • FCI 271
  • Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC

  • FCI breed standard "Bearded collie"

    FCIFCI - Bearded collie

    Alternative names:

      1. Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Hairy Mou’ed Collie, Beardie (English).
      2. Bearded collie (French).
      3. Bearded collie (German).
      4. Bearded collie (Portuguese).
      5. Collie de las Tierras Altas, Collie de Montaña (Spanish).

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