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Group: Pastoral || Breed Standard


It is difficult to distinguish between fact and legend in looking at the history of a breed, but it is believed that Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish merchant, traded a shipment of grain for sheep in Scotland in 1514, and brought six Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to move the sheep. A Scottish shepherd was so impressed with the herding ability of the dogs that he traded a few sheep for a few dogs. These were bred with the local Scottish dogs to produce the Bearded Collie. What everybody seems to agree upon, is that Mrs G Olive Willison founded today's breed with her brown bitch Jeannie of Bothkennar. Jeannie was supposed to have been a Shetland Sheepdog, but by mistake Mrs Willison received a Bearded Collie instead. She got so fascinated by the dog, that she wanted to start breeding, and started looking for a mate for her Jeannie. A man who she met one day while walking along the beach was about to emigrate from Scotland, so Mrs Willison became the owner of his grey dog David, who was to become Bailie of Bothkennar. These two dogs are what we today refer to as the founders of the modern breed and there are but a few other registerable blood lines, preserved in large part by the perseverance of Mr. Nicolas Broadbridge (Sallen) and Mrs. Betty Foster (Bredon). These are based on a dog named Turnbull's Blue, a bearded collie from pure working stock registered in ISDS, at the time when ISDS still registered non-border collies. He fathered three litters of registerable bearded collies. The Kennel Club of Great Britain recognised the Bearded Collie Dog as a separate breed in 1959.


Ideal height: dogs: 53-56 cms (21-22 ins); bitches: 51-53 cms (20-21 ins).

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