The ‘Beardie’, as he is affectionately known, is a hardy dog with a lovable temperament. His handy size and adaptability, combined with workmanlike qualities, have given him a following far outside the farming community. Ideally suited to life in the country, with a double weather-resistant coat and active nature, he is a happy dog, neither timid nor aggressive. Ready to join in any activity, he has an enquiring expression that seems to ask‘ Well, what shall we do now?’ Gentle, and good with children and adults, he makes an ideal member of a fun-loving family.
Source: The Kennel Club
Links to Breed Descriptions:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Great Britain/Scotland
Joint Breed Liaison Committee (JBLC)
UK-based Bearded Collie Clubs
- Bearded Collie Club of Scotland - Bearded Collie Club - Eastern Bearded Collie Association -
- Midshires Bearded Collie Club - North of England Bearded Collie Club - Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club -
2017 News... + documents from JBLC Clubs on discussion topics from breeder's workshops and the start of a proposed breeding strategy
The development of a strategy for the Breed owned by all of the Breed Clubs and their members is a new venture for the Breed and is an ongoing process. The JBLC have aimed for a strategy that is transparent, inclusive and represents the views of the majority of people involved with the Breed, to encourage people to sign up to it and work to achieve the proposed actions. Hopefully the time spent engaging and listening to people in the development stage of the strategy will lead to one that is based on current best advice from Geneticists, will engage the Kennel Club and be welcomed by the Breed Clubs and their members.
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Finland: KoiraNet-jalostustietojärjestelmä: Bearded Collie
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Finnish) and/ or English summary
UK: The Bearded Collie Club
UK Bearded Collie Breed Liaison Committee Health Survey 2007-2011
Report of the UK Bearded Collie Breed Liaison Committee Health Survey 2007-2011.pdf
Report by E. Kershaw, A. Wilkins, and E. A. McBride
JBLC Summary by Elizabeth Ayrton
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
HGTD - Bearded Collie
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Irena's Bearded Collie Pedigrees – this website includes 4 and 6 generation pedigrees of Bearded Collies worldwide including many photographs of the dogs recorded. It can also produce pedigrees of test matings.
The British BC Connexion
Breed information, health information, show information and more - a valuable resource in a well organized website package!
Photo Source: AKC
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Finland: Suomen Partacolliet ry.
France: Bearded Collie Club de France
Sweden: Specialklubben för Bearded Collie
UK: Bearded Collie Club
Joint Breed Liaison Committeee (JBLC)
US: Bearded Collie Club of America