“The Bearded Collie most likely descended from the shaggy-haired herding dogs of Europe and the theory has been advanced that they may have resulted from mixing Polish Lowland Sheepdogs imported into Scotland with local farm dogs. They were quite popular as herders and drovers by the end of the Victorian era but seemed to disappear into the Highland mists after that. It remained for Mrs. G.O. Willison of England to spearhead a drive to revive the breed after World War II. By 1959, The Kennel Club (England) allowed the breed to become eligible to compete for championships.
Bright, bouncy, intelligent and outgoing, the Beardie is a fun-loving dog that is an excellent family companion. He gets along well with other dogs and family pets.
Though they may have their quiet moments, Beardies delight in enjoyable activities. Whether it’s agility, obedience, herding or just a good romping run, Beardies need to expend some of their exuberance on a regular basis.
Ideally, Beardies should measure 20-22 in (51-56 cm) at the shoulder. A lean, active dog in good body will weigh 35-55 lb (16-25 kg), depending on height.
A harsh, fairly long, weather-resistant coat protects the Beardie from the elements. Beneath this outer coat, a short, soft undercoat provides insulation.
Beardies are born black, blue, brown or fawn, with or without white markings that may appear on the feet, legs, chest, tip of tail, collar, beard and blaze on the skull. Occasionally they may also have tan markings on the cheeks, eyebrows, legs and ‘sit-me-downs.’ Beardies are born with pure colours but as they reach maturity, grey hairs may be lightly interspersed. Colours may also change so that a born black may be grey or silver and a born brown may turn sandy or any of a variety of shades of that colour.”
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)