“Should you, while wandering in the wild sheep land, happen on the moor or in the market upon a very gentle knight, clothed in dark grey habit, splashed here and there with rays of the moon; free by right divine of the guild of gentleman, strenuous as a prince, lithe as a rowan, graceful as a girl, with high king carriage, motions and manners of a fairy queen, should have a noble breadth of brow, and air of still strength born of right confidence, all unassuming; last and most unfailing test for all, should you look into two snow clad eyes, calm, wistful, inscrutable, their soft depths clothed on with eternal sadness — yearning, as is to be said, for the soul that is not theirs — know then that you look upon one of the line of the most illustrious sheepdogs of the North.”
— Alfred Ollivant, Owd Bob
The Bearded Collie, affectionately called the Beardie, was developed in Scotland as a herding dog. Its ancestors likely included herding dogs from the European continent, such as the Poland Lowland Sheepdog (Polski Owzcarek Nizinny) and the Komondor, blended with the sheep herding dogs of the British Isles. It was developed as an independent worker, able to make decisions concerning the welfare and safety of its charges without depending on the shepherd, who might be miles away. The Beardie is still used as a shepherd’s helpmate — not only in its native Scotland, but all over the world.
The mission of the Bearded Collie Club of America is to protect the long-term welfare and integrity of the breed by providing a variety of opportunities for Beardie owners, breeders and the public to learn, connect, and compete, while supporting research into breed-specific health issues and rescue of Beardies in need.
2015 National Specialty Conformation Judges
2015 National Specialty Herding Judges
Per SR 8.4.1, the membership is invited to submit nominations for the 2015 national specialty herding trial, test and instinct judges to the committee chair, Elsa Sell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is April 15, 2014. Information should include:
- the reason(s) you recommend the judge, and
- the highest herding title any of your dogs has earned
The herding committee will review the nominations and forward a final list of judges to the trial herding chair by April 30, 2014.
Nominations for BCCA Member of the Year
This award recognizes a member (or group of members) who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the BCCA or the bearded collie. Any member in good standing is entitled to make a nomination, which should include a statement justifying the award for that particular nominee (seated officers and board members are not eligible,) and be sent to Linda Taylor, the Recording Recretary, no later than March 21st. The entire board will select the recipient, who will be announced at the National Specialty Awards Banquet.