Aboutthe Bearded Collie

All you need to know about the Breed

An intelligent, alert and adaptable breed which likes human company. They are not known to show any aggression and are well suited to a young family - although they can at times be too boisterous for very young children.

The ancestry of the Bearded Collie or Beard - also known as the Highlands Collie or Mountain Collie - is possibly shared with other breeds which are shaggy in appearance. Sheepdogs from the Border counties and from Wales, also ancient breeds from continental Europe such as the Briard and the smallest of the French sheepdogs, the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog, could all be the breed's forebears. In the past, Bearded Collies were used by drovers and by flockmasters and farmers for working with sheep and herding cattle. The word Collie which forms part of the breed's name indicated this. The Collie's job is to work with any type of stock, whereas the sheepdog is used solely for working with sheep. The Beardie, which was often used to locate and bring the flock down from mountainous regions to the lowland or moorland areas, was also a first rate cattle dog.

At the beginning of the twentieth century the Bearded Collie began to lose its popularity in favour of the Border Collie, and by the end of the Second World War was almost extinct. The breed's revival was due to Mrs Willison who in 1944 acquired a bitch from Scotland and later a dog from Devon; these two animals enabled her to re-establish the breed. Luckily, the breed has not lost its working ability, and still works on farms and smallholdings in different parts of the British Isles. It is also a popular pet and very successful show dog. The Kennel Club granted the breed championship status in 1959. The Beardie should preferably live in the country. It has boundless energy and stamina, and should be allowed plenty of free exercise everyday.

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Interested in homing a Bearded Collie?

We are very lucky that we have far more people wanting Bearded Collies that we have Bearded Collies needing a home. However, Bearded Collies as a breed are on the decline and need your help. So if you are an experienced Bearded Collie home and/or are considering sharing your life with a Bearded Collie, you may want to consider a puppy instead of an older Beardie. Please check out their puppy pages to find out more.

If you would still like to be considered for a rescue Bearded Collie please download and complete an Enquiy Form (available in either PDF or Word format) and return it to the Rescue Co-ordinator at the address shown on the form.

Area co-ordinators are as follows:-

Area covered Co-ordinator Location Telephone No.
South East England and
West of England
Madeleine Fear Christchurch, Hampshire 01425-673660
Mid and South Wales,
Herefordshire,
Oxfordshire and Avon
Elizabeth Holt Vale of Glamorgan 02920-512237
West Midlands Pat Wincott Solihull, West Midlands 0121-705-7004
East Midlands Sue Kenny Sinfin Moor, Derby 01332-608624
North Wales,
North of England,
North Midlands
Alan Furby Warrington, Cheshire 01925-813224
Cumbria, Northumberland,
Tyne & Wear and Durham      
Pauline Jeavons      Washington, Tyne & Wear      07766-951589  or
0191-419-4526
Central & West Scotland Mr Ian McGhee Kilmarnock 01563-525997  or
07926-061527
North East Scotland Ann Higgins Aberdeen 01340-871-854

 

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