Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie
Neither shy nor aggressive, the Bearded Collie breed has provided many loving members to many families. Bearded Collies are also quite active, in keeping with their heritage as working dogs. Yet despite being energetic and enduring, Bearded Collies typically demonstrate the qualities of stability and self reliance.
Here are the characteristics of the Bearded Collie breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
Bearded Collie's Behavior
Recommended for: working dog (herd both sheep and cattle)
The Bearded Collie was bred to be hardy and reliable, able to stand up to the harshest conditions, and the toughest sheep. He is stable and self-confident, showing no signs of shyness or aggression.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
Bearded Collie's Physical Characteristics
Size: Dogs: 21-22 inches at the withers; Bitches: 20-21 inches at the withers Coat: undercoat: soft, furry and close; Outercoat: flat, harsh, strong and shaggy
Color: black, blue, brown or fawn, with or without white markings.
Colors may lighten with age.
Eyes: large and usually matching the color of the coat color.
Ears: medium-sized, long-haired and hanging
Skull: broad and flat.
Muzzle: full.
Nose: large and squared with a color matching the coat.
Tail: fairly long.
Bearded Collie's Origins and History
Here are some quick facts on the Bearded Collie breed's history
according to Wikipedia.
Country/Region of Origin: United Kingdom
Original purpose: herding sheep and cattle
Nickname: "Beardie"
Historical notes: The Bearded Collies have also been called "bouncing
beardies." The dogs would work in thick undergrowth on the hill, and
would bounce to see the sheep.

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