The Bearded Collie comes from humble beginnings as a resilient
herding and droving dog in the Scottish Highlands. The ultimate shaggy dog with
a thick double coat was well equipped for the raw climate and hilly terrain of
Scotland. Known to be intelligent and self-confident, Beardies were valued by
shepherds for their ability to put in a long work day controlling cattle or
driving the herd to market. You may have heard this charismatic herding dog
referred to as a Highland Collie or a Mountain Collie but they are one in the
The first litter of
U.S. Beardies was born in 1967 and entered the AKC stud book in 1977. Bearded
Collies were charter members of AKC’s herding group which was established in
1983. Today’s enthusiastic Bearded Collies use a bark and bounce clownish
approach to get stubborn sheep to move. The Beardie is ready for anything with
boundless energy to compete in obedience, rally, agility and other dog sports.
Outdoorsy families with a peppy lifestyle will find the Bearded Collie to be an
affectionate and energetic addition to the family.