Once referred to as the "Scottish Mountain Dog" or "Loch Collie", early research has shown that there is much confusion as to where the Bearded Collie actually originated from. Some expert breeders feel that it is a descendant of the "Rough Collie", just like the one who starred in the famous television series with John Provost.
The Collie in general is thought of as being Britain's oldest breed of its category. As it is with other Collie types such as the Border and Australian Collie, the Bearded Collie is a herding dog, meaning that is a working dog that was bred to play a role in completing tasks such as sheep heading.
If you have ever watched the movies about the Shaggy Dog, then you have seen a Bearded Collie. Most are gray and white with a long smooth coat. Some will have a long tassel of hair extending from the lower jaw, which is what gives this pooch its name.
The coat is made up of layers to keep the animal warm and dry during the winter season, as it used to herd livestock through all seasons of the year. Keeping the dog well groomed around its paws, girth, and behind the ears will eliminate any risk of the hair matting if it is done regularly.
Bearded Collies have a thick neck, medium length ears with excellent hearing ability, and a low-set tail that is supported by bone all the way down to the animal's hock.
"Beardies" are well-noted for their loving disposition and they're great with children. They are willing to please and have a keenness for executing a particular task without hesitation.
Keep in mind, however, that this is a working breed and they do need a fair amount of space to run and play if they aren't being used as a herding animal. When the Bearded Collie is in his element, there is little room for doubt that this is a dog that has a graceful, bouncy gait and a considerable amount of intelligence. They are quick to learn and slow to develop aggression which makes for an excellent foundation when it comes to working alongside humans.
A Bearded Collie's eyes are large and set away from the snout. Their dark coloring offers a sense of gentleness and a tranquil calm.
Despite all of the wonderful traits in such a breed as the Bearded Collie, there are also some reasons to consider why it might not be the ideal dog for you.
While it is true that this type of dog is good with kids and very fond of play and human interaction, there is still a need for a serious thought about whether or not you are able to meet the animal's needs.
For starters, Bearded Collies need room to move, (a large back yard with a six foot fence line is ideal for this breed of dog).
Also, this is a breed that does need a tremendous amount of grooming and upkeep to maintain his glossy image. Lastly, because Beardies do rely so much upon their human counterparts for affection, you need to think about whether you can provide for this magnificent breed.