A bearded collie is one of the oldest breeds in the UK. These dogs have been known to people since very ancient times, which is confirmed by many documentary evidence. One of the first images of dogs such as bearded collies is presented in a portrait painted by Gainsborough in 1771, and in a portrait of Reynolds in 1772. Also, a description of the breed was published in 1818 in the issue of the Live Stock Journal. But, in fact, the breed has more ancient roots, although there are no earlier images of these dogs.
They were also called Highland Collie, Mountain Collie or Hairy Collie. Such shaggy, long-haired dogs for centuries helped in farms, being universal and very useful animals. The lack of earlier evidence is explained very simply – farmers in the Middle Ages did not know how to read and write, respectively, they could not keep any records. But dogs were bred solely on the basis of their useful qualities. Continue reading