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Bearded Collie |Scotland|

Bearded Collie |Scotland|

The “Beardie” is a versatile breed that primarily works sheep, though also cattle, and makes a wonderful companion animal for the right, dedicated home. These dogs excel in sheepdog trials and agility events and are clever and independent. These characteristics can work in their favor if they are properly obedience trained, but can be disastrous if they are not! Beardies have a charismatic, fun-loving, and enthusiastic nature and thrive when being physically and mentally challenged.

History

Beardies are believed to have developed from the long-haired sheepdog breeds of continental Europe crossed with native Scottish working stock. One of the earliest indications of this is an account of three Polish Lowland Sheepdogs being traded to a Scottish shepherd in 1514, although no breeding records survive. Dogs of Beardie appearance are found in artworks dating to the eighteenth century, but the breed was not properly documented until the nineteenth century when they were described by Hugh Dalziel, in 1879, in his 1879 book British Dogs. Dalziel suggested that Beardies were the result of English Sheepdogs and Collie crosses. Regardless of their origin, the Beardies are known for their long, weatherresistant, and protective coats, which were perfect for the harsh Scottish climate. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1977.

Puppies are born black, brown, blue, or fawn, but with age, these colors will lighten and fade.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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