Because the Beardie frequently worked out of the sight of the Shepherd, he barked frequently. The barking served two purposes; to bunch the flock together, thereby making it easy to round them up....and to let the Shepherd know where the dog was working the flock. Hence, a Beardie should not be considered a "quiet" dog.
In 1944, Mrs. G. O. Willison of England acquired a Beardie while seeking a working Shetland Sheepdog. The dog captivated her heart, and she began a breeding program which rebuilt much of the stock in the breed in England. Although The Bearded Collie is one of Britain's oldest breeds, It wasn't until 1967 that the first litter of Bearded Collies was born in the United States.
Breed Nature--Living With A Beardie
Expect a rather insistent paw pulling the blanket from your shivering shoulders, and a chilly, damp nose nuzzling your neck at sunup.
Expect a dog which has carefully concealed coil springs within it's hind legs. A dog who believes that heeling at shoulder height is a normal everyday activity.
Expect a dog who can jump into the air facing north, and come down facing south--removing your hat and kissing your ear in the process!
Expect a loving companion who will keep you on your toes.
A Beardie is a combination of:
Expect a dog who can hear you get your keys out from five rooms away--yet cannot hear your shout of "Come" from ten feet away!
Living with a Beardie is not always easy, but those who choose to share their lives with one find that living without one is impossible!
In order to help you determine whether or not a Beardie is for you, Please read the article attached to the hyperlink below. This article will give you an idea of what the Beardie is all about, as well as some tips on how to choose a Beardie if you decide this is the breed for you and your family.
The Beardie sports a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and long, repelling rain and snow. The undercoat is short and downy. A wave in the coat is permissible, although it should not curl.
Beardies are seen in four colors: Black, brown, blue, and fawn -- with or without white markings. Blacks range from "stay-black" -- no fading -- to adults which fade to slate gray. Blues can be dark gray to silver. Browns appear in dark mahogany to blonde. Fawns vary from medium brown to champagne. As some of these shades can become confusing, the actual color of a Beardie can be made from the color of the pigment of the nose leather and the lips. Blacks should have black pigment, blues have gray-blue, and browns have brown. The pigment found in a fawn is a lighter brown, sometimes with a hint of lavender.
A Beardie*s eye color is an unusual characteristic. The breed standard states "Eye color will generally tone with the coat color. In a born blue or fawn, the distinctively lighter eyes are correct and must not be penalized." Blacks and browns will have brown eyes with varying degrees of darkness. Blues will have smoky or grayish-blue eyes. A fawn will have a lighter brown eye that may contain a hint of hazel or lavender.