The Beardie or Bearded Collie was once the primary dog used by Scottish shepherds as a herding breed of dog. Today, however the dog is almost exclusively bred for dog shows and serves as a popular family companion.
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It is stated that Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish merchant acquired some sheep in 1514 for a shipment of grain. He also purchased six Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to herd the sheep with him. Another Scottish shepherd was very impressing with the dogs herding skills that he purchased a few dogs from Grabski. These dogs were then bred with local Scottish dogs and the Bearded Collie was born.

The Bearded Collie has become increasingly popular over the later half of the 20th century. Many credit a Bearded Collie winning best in Show at the Crufts Dog Show in 1989.


Within the United States, the Bearded Collie is ranked 104 out of 155 breeds in terms of popularity. This information is from the AKC or American Kennel Club's yearly publishing. The best way to purchase a Bearded Collie similar to most dogs is from a reputable breeder or a dog rescue. Bearded Collies are exceptional pets for people willing to participate in their grooming requirements and high energy levels. Because the coat is long and silky, weekly brushing is required to keep the coat mat free. Few Bearded Collie owners select to keep their Bearded Collies with a short puppy cut, however this only reduces the need to brush and does not eliminate it.

The Bearded Collie is a very high energy breed of dog. The dog was originally bred to herd sheep in the Scottish Highlands. Therefore, a Bearded Collie that is locked up all day will cause stress to the dog and lead to destructive behavior on the dogs part. Bearded Collies need daily exercise and excel at agility drills. The dogs also enjoy the indoor family life. The Bearded Collie is notorious for its ability to escape and if left alone in the back yard will figure a way out. The dogs also bark at anything for any reason, particularly when excited. The dogs are considered to be very good with children and make a great family pet.

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