An old dog breed, the Bearded Collie appears to have originated in the border area between Scotland and England; dogs of similar appearance have been known here since the eighteenth century. They were originally working dogs, kept for herding sheep and cattle. Their origins may be traced back to the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, which was said to have been brought to Scotland as long ago as 1514 by sailors who swapped these dogs for sheep.
Origins: the border counties, Great Britain
Coat Type/Colour: flowing
Height: 21 – 22 Inch (53.5 – 56 cm)
Weight: 66 lb (30 kg)
Nature: lovable, playful
By the 1930s, however, the Bearded Collie had declined dramatically in numbers, almost to the point of extinction. It was saved largely through the efforts of Mrs Willison, whose Bothkennar ‘Beardies’ formed the basis of all today’s bloodlines. The dog breed has since gained in popularity and took the Best in Show award at Crufts in 1989. These are lovable, playful dogs, but you must be prepared to give them adequate exercise, which includes a good daily run, and spend plenty of time grooming their long and flowing coats. In addition, they have become a popular breed in the United States during recent years.