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.
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 Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.