Welcome to the website of the Bearded Collie Club.
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.
The 2021 Trophy Points Leader Board is now 'up-and-running'; nearly twenty shows having been held so far this year. You can find the leader board here.
CANCELLATION OF BEARDED COLLIE CLUB SHOW DECEMBER 2021
The BCC Committee has reluctantly decided to cancel the Championship show in December due to concerns about the increasing rates of the Covid virus and the health and safety of everyone especially those in the vulnerable category.
This decision wasn’t made lightly but we are mindful of increasingly unpredictable virus rates, recent news about boosters and ongoing effectiveness of the vaccine along with listening to feedback about shows held so far. As always our main consideration had to be ensuring the safety of Exhibitors and Committee at an indoor event at a venue that we would struggle to adapt to any social distancing requirements in place at that time.
We do appreciate that it feels early to make such a decision but as the schedule for the show is due to be prepared we couldn’t delay dealing with this for much longer before submitting it to Fosse Data to allow for adequate time for entries to be made. We also had to take into consideration the financial impact of lowers entries on the viability of the show but also of implications of cancelling last minute for both the Club and exhibitors e.g. accommodation and deposits. Finally, whilst this will be the second year the December Championship Show has been cancelled we do hope to arrange to reschedule this show outdoors in the summer of 2022 subject to permission of the Kennel Club. Please watch this space for further news!
The BCC 2022 Calendar is on sale!. After missing the 2021 edition because of the disruption caused by the COVID pandemic, we are pleased to announce the publication of our Club Calendar for 2022. Thank you to those members who submitted photographs for consideration and congratulations to those whose photo made it in the final selection.
The Calendar has been produced in the customary A4 format, one month per page, with a hook at the top edge to hang it by, and each day allows for notes or appointments to be written in. The Calendar costs £7.00 and you are urged to get your orders in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, so click here to purchase yours now!
Send us your autumn-themed Beardie images! We want as many as possible to showcase in our photo carousel (see left) so if you have some pics you would like displayed please email them to the website administrator.
The site continues to host historic photo galleries for your enjoyment. Initially these cover Crufts shows from 1981 - 1984. Put your thinking caps on, dust off your memory banks, dig around in old show catalogues and let us know who are featured in these archive images - both handlers and Beardies. You can immerse yourself in all that nostalgia here!
Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey.The 2020 Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey has been published and is now available to download here.
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 18.10.2021