The Bearded Collie, or “Beardie” as he is popularly known, is one of Britain’s oldest breeds. He originally came to prominence in Peebleshire, in Scotland, where he was highly prized for his sheep-herding and cattle-droving ability. 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.
His 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, it requires regular grooming.
The Bearded Collie is nowadays primarily a much loved companion and pet, however, we must not forget his working heritage, and should ensure that he has ample opportunity for good, hard exercise. Alert, lively and self-confident, he enjoys an active lifestyle. He delights in being included in family activities, and likes nothing better than a romp with the kids. Devoted to his owner and with a great desire to please, the Bearded Collie revels in feeling that he has a job to do in life.