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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 story 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 him 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, those Polish sheepdogs were bred with the local dogs of Scotland and from there the beautiful Bearded Collie was born. 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-supposedly- a dog Shetland Sheepdog, at least that breed was the one I had ordered, 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 was fascinated with the copy received and her only objective, Thereafter it was to begin to raise the dogs of your bitch Jeannie, so he began to look for a dog suitable for the characteristics of his specimen.

An afternoon, While walking along the beach, met a man who had emigrated from Scotland with his gray dog, David, who became in a very short time the "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 don't end 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 breed became very popular during the last 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) the 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 four days.

Today it is still a beloved 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 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 eagerness of these gentlemen, specimens of Bearded collie (of work) to Australia and the 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 mission of the "Working Bearded Collie Society's" is to preserve the working abilities of these dogs “barbets” just as their ancestors had them. They have a website called “Shepherds with beardies” (Shepherds with Beardies) with a lot of valuable information for lovers of the –today- 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 community interest in working dog breeding, lately the raw aesthetic, and breeders tend to develop lines of specimens with excessive coats, 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 created 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 to 27 kg. The males measure approximately 53 to 56 cm in height to the cross, While the females are somewhat smaller, measuring of 51 to 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 to 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 it is an excellent pet for those who are willing to adapt to its high energy level and the care of its long manes… Weekly brushing is mandatory to keep its long hair healthy and without knots.

The Bearded collie It is an energetic dog, let's not forget that it was designed -originally- to work in the Scottish Highlands raising sheep… They need exercise and chores 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. It is 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 knowing them beforehand 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. Make the most of your 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 taking care of a Barbudo is also his coat. Wait half an hour to one hour a week to fix it. Brushing and combing him with a bristle brush or slicker brush and a stainless steel comb will keep his double coat tangle free.. Spray the coat with water or anti-tangle spray before brushing so as not to damage 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 shouldn't change much, but passes through a heavier coat every year that lasts two to four weeks. He also loses a lot over a two to three month period when the puppy coat is coming out and the adult coat is coming in.. 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 is basic care. Trim nails as needed, usually once a month. Brush your teeth frequently for general good health and fresh breath. Check ears weekly for debris, redness or odor that may indicate an infection. If the ears look dirty, clean them with a cotton swab moistened with a gentle ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian.

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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 his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Images "Bearded collie"


1 – Bearded collie after playing with a rope – https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:Bearded_collie_and_a_rope.jpg
2 – Bearded Collie by marbla123 / CC BY
3 – Flickr Beardie by https://images.app.goo.gl/FCaHKwsfkokCZVBU9
4 – Bearded collie laying down on balcony by Trudh / CC BY-SA

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION: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 (español).

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