The Northwest Bearded Collie Club of Puget Sound

Bearded Collie

The Northwest Bearded Collie Club of Puget Sound (NWBCCPS) is composed of members in and around Washington and Oregon. Here on our website, you can find information about all things Beardie: conformation, agility, herding, grooming, the BCCA breed standard, litter listings, and a Northwest news and events calendar.

The NWBCCPS was formed by a group of Bearded Collie Fanciers in the early 1980s. Since that time, the club has grown in size and scope. The NWBCCPS has an active annual schedule, which includes diverse events that appeal to a broad range of interests. All NWBCCPS events are open to the public, and attending an event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the breed.

The club’s mission is to promote and protect the Bearded Collie, and to that end, the club is the major underwriter of Beardie Rescue in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a visible and active entity promoting education, responsible ownership and mentoring to the public.

Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie is a medium sized dog that weighs between 40-58 lbs. They’re 20″ to 22″ in height. Their abundant hair gives the impression that they’re bigger than they really are. They’ve a happy, friendly character and aren’t watch dogs at all as they are friendly with all they meet.

Inspired by the AKC, the acceptable coat colours for the Bearded Collie are black, white, gray, tan, brown or fawn with a few white markings. When they are dogs, they may or may not have white markings. As they grow, their coat colour either fades or changes. The most common colours are black with gray or white with white. Their long, harsh, straight and shaggy outer coat and short, soft, thick undercoat require a daily brushing to prevent tangles. Their nickname is”beardie” due to their long, shaggy hair beneath their chin.

This vibrant, loving, happy-go-lucky breed makes a great family pet. They’re people dogs and love to be with their loved ones. They’re wonderful for homes with kids and other dogs and can do well with other non-canine pets provided they have early socialization. They’re enthusiastic, outgoing, and playful and need loads of exercise and play time. They want a yard to run and roam. Having toys available is a fantastic idea if you’re going to be gone for a long time period. Early training is recommended because they have a stubborn tendency occasionally. They are easy to train.

Bearded Collie
Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie originated in Scotland

Dating back over 500 years, the Bearded Collie originated in Scotland. They’re considered to be descendants of the Polish sheepdog. They have been bred to herd sheep and cows, thus explaining their collie name that means herding dog in Scotland. They also have been used for monitoring. They continue to be used as sheep herding dogs in certain areas.

Friendly to strangers and family alike, the Bearded Collie will greet all he meets with excitement. Since they need regular outdoor exercise and perform, they’re best with busy families that will give them the action they need. Homes along with other dogs and kids can feel confident in adding a Bearded Collie for their loved ones.

Old Scottish sheepdog breed

The Bearded Collie is an old Scottish sheepdog breed, whose history can be traced back to around 1540. There is a document from 1514 that mentions three dogs that came with a Polish ship. The dogs did an excellent job, and the local shepherds were impressed by them. That is how they were exchanged for some Scottish sheep. Probably, with the use of these dogs, the breed originated, from which our Bearded Collies descend. On the other hand, there are also old images that, according to researchers, prove that the breed was already present in Scotland during the Roman raids. In these old images the average enthusiast will hardly recognize the current Bearded Collie.

After the Second World War it is the great achievement of the English Miss G.O. Willison (kennel Bothkennar), to make the breed more famous. The Bearded Collie is a slender dog, taller than tall, in a 5: 4 ratio. Despite its sturdy build, the dog should not show too heavy. One of the characteristic features of the breed is its investigative expression. The height at the withers of a male is between 53 and 56 cm, and that of the bitches between 51 and 53 cm. They have a double coat: a dense, soft and woolly undercoat and a straight, hard outer coat. It should not curl, although a little blow is allowed. The coat is long, but should not obscure the dog’s natural lines. Sufficient light must also be able to get under the dog.

Bearded collie
Bearded collie

Four colors

The Bearded Collie comes in four colors: black, brown, blue and fawn (sand colored). In addition, there is also the so-called tri-color. The colors of the puppies are much more pronounced and often completely different from those of the adult dog. All these colors may appear with or without white markings. These markings may only appear on the muzzle, as a blaze, on the neck, but not behind the shoulder, on the outside of the hind legs and above the heels.

Very characteristic is the beard of the Bearded Collie, from which it owes its name. The color of the eyes should harmonize with the color of the coat. The tail is set low, without hook or curl.

How is his character in outline?

  • friendly to humans and animals
  • playful until old age
  • stubborn
  • insightful
  • affectionate
  • energetic

What can he definitely not tolerate?

  • being locked up all day because the owner and the female are working
  • not enough attention
  • too little movement
  • owners who comfortably comfort him when he is startled by something
    (such a pat means after all an approval; then he really gets scared)

Who should not take a beardie?

  • who is very fond of neat clothes and a neat house
  • who has no time for, or does not feel like a long walk
  • who thinks you can make a lot of money by breeding beardies

What are the pros?

  • its friendly nature
  • his playfulness into old age
  • his intelligence that allows him to learn things quickly
  • his tolerance towards other dogs
  • his tireless joy

What are its negatives?

  • the mess he takes inside
  • its sensitivity to loud sounds
  • his intelligence, which means he sometimes manages to manage your household
  • the maintenance of the coat (brushing!)
  • his hard bark

What does the Bearded Collie require from his boss?

  • the willingness to walk a lot
  • the willingness to give him a weekly brushing
  • the willingness to give him attention without making him an “extra child”
  • the willingness to accept that sand and tufts of hair lie on the floor in the house
  • good consistent education
  • a sense of humor
  • a home for the rest of his life
Wet Bearded Collie
Wet Bearded Collie

Purchase puppy – How did you get a puppy?

    • Events
    • Visit to breeders
    • The health of the breed
    • The puppy
    • What can you expect from a puppy purchased from a recognized breeder

How did you get a puppy?

You have deliberately caught your eye on a Bearded Collie. Then you are faced with the question of how you can get a puppy. With the information on this page we hope to help you in choosing your breeder and the puppy you want to purchase.


At events you as a prospective buyer can meet adult dogs, have conversations and meet the owners of the dogs. You will receive information about the ups and downs and the problems that the owners have had with their dog. You will hear how any problems have been solved by the owners. You will also hear enthusiastic stories about the roommate and companion that the dog is to many. Here you can see what the average dog looks like. Exhibitions often give a distorted picture in that respect.

Visit to breeders

We cannot and should not answer the frequently asked question: “What is a good breeder?”
Visit members / breeders that appear on the page: breeders to look at the adult dogs there.

The list includes the members / breeders who endorse the association’s health policy.
They are aware and cooperate in health surveys.
They endorse the code of conduct for members / breeders and work with a purchase contract.
They are prepared to take the dog back for good reasons.
If possible, go to ALL breeders and form an opinion about the breeder you want to continue with, what you trust and where you would like to buy a puppy.
When purchasing a puppy it is very important to know why you want to buy a dog and what you want to use it for.
For example, are you looking for:

  • house dog
  • breeding dog; do you plan to breed?
  • show dog

Report this to the breeder you come into contact with. It is important to also include this in the purchase contract.
A breeder can, if he sees reason to do so, refuse you a puppy. This can happen when it is unsure whether the puppy is getting the housing, education and care he / she needs.
Pay attention to how the breeder handles his parents, how they are housed and what information do you get about the education of your puppy. Be put on the waiting list by the breeder and do not immediately buy a puppy from a litter that happens to be present!
As a future owner, you are also responsible for the purchase that you intend to make. Take the opportunity and think it over carefully.

The health of the breed

A number of varieties are not immune from health problems. Fortunately, this does not apply to the Bearded Collie.
Health surveys are held in consultation with the breed club to gain insight into the health problems of a variety. The results of these surveys lead to advice to breeders / members and the breed club such as:

  • no longer using a breeding dog male / female if a hereditary defect has occurred in more than 2 combinations
  • not using a breeding bitch more than 5 times
  • reporting all known cases of hereditary defects
  • to broaden the breeding base also use dogs that are not Dutch Champion. The dog at home without serious hereditary defects can make a valuable contribution to the health and preservation of the breed.

The breeder is responsible for his breeding products, he is aware of the / not healthy breeding combinations within his population. In addition, the breeder will answer your questions about the health of the parents. Have this written down.

When buying a puppy, do not rely on beautiful cups and championships that the breeding dogs have achieved. Cups and championships are no guarantee of health !!!!

The puppy

  • What do you pay attention to when you have decided on a puppy in consultation with the breeder?
  • A puppy must be at least 7 weeks old on delivery. The dog is chipped between the 6th and 7th week. Before you take your new acquisition home, you should pay attention to the following:
    the puppy should have clear, non-inflamed eyes
  • he must have a clean wet nose without shedding
  • the ears should be clean and smell fresh
  • the skin should be shiny, loose and without blemishes
  • the body exits (anus / vulva or penis) must be clean without secretions
  • also check whether the other puppies present do not show any signs of illness.
  • Check with a breeder for a young male whether two descended testicles are present (may still come to about 8 months).
    You will receive the vaccination booklet from the breeder. Take your puppy to your vet within 7 days to have the dog checked. Any good breeder will advise you.

What can you expect from a puppy that you have purchased from a recognized breeder?


The puppies are aged at 10 days before they can be be wormed and repeated every two weeks until about 8 weeks of age. If you have earned the puppy at home, it is recommended to deworm the puppy one more time.
It is wise to repeat this after six months. After this simply preventive once or twice a year. The most convenient is to do this with a paste that you can spray into the mouth.


The puppies receive their first vaccination at 6 weeks and are examined by the vet.

If you have the puppy you should go to the vet for his second vaccination at 9 weeks.
He will receive the third and final vaccination at 12 weeks. After this, the puppy will receive an annual vaccination against various dog diseases.


When you pick up the puppy you will also receive a European passport, which includes all vaccinations that are necessary. It also includes a veterinarian’s health certificate. The puppy also receives an official FCI pedigree, on which the dog is registered with the a Kennel Club  You will also receive a DNA profile which was taken when you chipped your puppy.

Code of conduct

Furthermore, the breeder where you purchased the dog has signed the Bearded Collie Holland rules of conduct. With this he subscribes to the policy that is observed by the breed club with regard to breeding. In case of problems with the dog, you can always contact the breeder. If, for whatever reason, there is a need for your dog to be replaced, the breeder will also mediate in this.