This dog is one of Britain's oldest breeds. Beardies are believed to have originated with the Komondor in central Europe, but were used to herd animals in Scotland for so long that they became known as the Highland Collie. Later the name was changed to the Bearded Collie, since they have long facial hair unlike other Collies.
Bearded Collies are still actively working as herders today. But they excel as pets, too. Though best suited to suburban or country living, Beardies can be happy in the city with plenty of exercise. Beardies are outgoing and friendly, intelligent, and have a lively sense of humor. Those qualities mean training will go better if it is not too repetitious. Like most long-haired breeds, Bearded Collies require a commitment to grooming. They need a few minutes of brushing or combing every day.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: Hardy and active, strong, devoted, and intelligent, with a bright, inquiring expression.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: Height--males, 21 to 22 inches at withers; females, 20 to 21 inches.
Bearded Collies have been so well loved through the centuries that they have even been included in portrait paintings. One is by the famous artist Gainsborough, who in 1771 painted the Duke of Buccleigh with his Beardie. A year later, the painter Reynolds included his Beardies in a portrait of his wife and daughter.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.