Non-sporting Breeds

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 21-22 in (53-56cm) Bitch: 20-21 in(51-53cm)
Weight: 40-60 lb (18-27kg)
Coat: Flat, harsh, and shaggy; can be slightly wavy but not curly; soft, furry, close undercoat
Color: Slate gray, reddish fawn, black, blue, all shades of gray, brown, or sandy, with or without white markings

The Bearded Collie is believed to be one of the oldest herding dogs in Scotland. It may descend from the Komondor of central Europe. Alternately, it may come from three purebred Polish Lowland Sheepdogs-a dog and two bitches-that were exchanged for a ram and a ewe brought by merchants on a trading voyage to Scotland in 1514. Originally, there were two strains of Bearded Collie-the Border dogs, which were gray and white; and the Highland dogs, which were brown and white, and whose coat tended to curl. Interbreeding over hundreds of years has mixed the strains and eliminated the curl. The Beardie is an alert, self-confident, and active dog, and is good natured and reliable with children. It makes a good pet and a first-class obedience and show dog. It enjoys plenty of exercise, and requires daily brushing, very little combing, and the occasional bath.
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