The Bearded Collie Club aims to cater for ALL Beardie owners and is intent on maintaining our breed's enviable reputation and our website supports this aim by providing information on all Beardie issues and activities.
If you should spot errors or omissions or find links that don't work properly inform the Web Administrator by email. Please do not direct web site queries to the Secretary.
Cancellation of the Bearded Collie Club Championship Show December 2020
It is with great sadness that the Committee have regretfully decided that there is no alternative but to cancel the December 2020 Championship Show for health and safety reasons in view of the increasing rates of Covid infection and the difficulty in meeting the social distancing requirements at the venue. We appreciate that this will be very disappointing but the health and safety of everyone is our first priority.
Our judges, the Kennel Club, the venue and our sponsors have been advised.
We hope to run our shows as normal in 2021 and thank everyone for their continuing support.
Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey. At a time when very little else can be reported, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey has been published and is now available to download from here.
The 'Making Memories' video, filmed during the very enjoyable Q&A session held at Inkberrow in June 2019 and featuring six very influential and long-established Bearded Collie breeders can be purchased through the website either as a DVD or on a USB memory stick. Click here to purchase a copy of the video.
The Kennel Club have published their latest (2019) Breed Health and Conservation Plan for the Bearded Collie. This is based to a large extent on the recent work and findings of the Joint Breed Liaison Committee from the Breed Health surveys to which many members contributed. The complete document can be viewed or downloaded from here
The Bearded Collie Club were delighted to accept a kind donation of £650 to be put towards the BCC Rescue & Welfare fund dedicated to Bearded Collies within the BCC Scottish Branch area. The cheque was presented to the Club at Crufts by Ailsa Gill on behalf of her Daughter Cara Gill from money given in memory of her loving partner Kevin Hooker after his passing in November 2019. Kevin suffered various serious health problems throughout his life but always had a positive outlook to life and raised money for various charities over the last few years. The couple had previously welcomed two rescue Beardies into their lives and more recently one of Ailsa's own breeding - all of whom were Kevin's very much loved companions as he spent much of his time at home. So Cara felt that donating money given in his memory was a fitting tribute, which the Club was honoured to accept and use in his memory.
The AHT DNA Databank - REMINDER to keep your records updated
We are reminding members who have submitted DNA samples for the Animal Health Trust study to keep their records updated. Click here to view this topic on the News page.
Announcing the Bearded Collie 'Buddy' Scheme - Another initiative forming part of the Bearded Collie Breed Strategy, the 'Buddy' Scheme aims to encourage and support new and repeat Bearded Collie owners - see the JBLC Bearded Collie 'Buddy' Scheme page for details, including how to find a Buddy and how to become one.
Bearded Collie Breed Strategy
Exchange of health information between breeders and stud dog owners when planning a mating
As part of the Breed Strategy and following the request from breeders to produce a checklist with guidance for the exchange of health information between breeders and stud dog owners when planning a mating, the JBLC has produced a checklist as to the type of questions that breeders can ask potential stud dog owners, and a longer article which expands on the checklist and covers other points to consider when choosing a stud dog - see the JBLC Breed Strategy page.
Bearded Collie Breed Strategy: Popular Sire Usage
An analysis of sire usage has been done to show what effect the recommended annual limit of 2 litters per year would have had, if it had been in place during the period 2011 - 2016. You can find the analysis here.
Website updates: Long-term Breed Health page
New links added to the following items:
Bearded Collie Health - Useful Websites for Information: a downloadable list provided by our Breed Health Co-ordinator Liz Ayrton.
Maintaining and Improving Breeds: an article on genetic diversity covering many of the issues raised in the recent workshops and the Breed Strategy event. The article is written by Dr Jerry Bell, who has also recently completed a study on genetic diversity in AKC-registered Bearded Collies.
Spot any errors? Please contact the Website Administrator Site last updated 14.09.2020