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 BCC website has been upgraded. The website had remained basically unchanged in appearance for a couple of years. The main aim was to make the web pages display better on high resolution monitors, that is, to take advantage of the increased screen width available. This upgrade must be applied to every page on the site so it took a while to complete the improvements but now complete the website should display properly on all devices from smart-phones through to the highest definition monitors. We hope you will find the new appearance and styling to be an improvement.
So we are inviting you to take part in a short survey to get your views on the website. It will take just a couple of minutes to complete and we shall very much welcome your opinions which we shall use to develop new web pages and hone the existing pages further. You can complete the survey here.
Back in April we loaded a new carousel of Beardie photos for your enjoyment. In the next few weeks we shall be looking for summer shots so if you have some particularly summer- or holiday-themed pics you would like displayed please email them to the website administrator. We have taken the opportunity of displaying photos sent in by members for consideration as BCC calendar material where these were submitted in portrait format. The preference for inclusion in the club calendar is for landscape format images. However, portrait format is ideal for displaying in this homepage carousel, therefore we will be using any portrait-format submissions received for this alternative purpose.
The 2021 Show Calendar has filled up following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions! We are pleased to have re-launched the Show Calendar page. The show schedule is much changed as a result of the lockdown in the first quarter of this year, with many shows 'out of sync' with their usual positions in the show calendar. Show societies are naturally very cautious with regard to the publication of entry forms and schedules and whether a show will ultimately take place. We shall keep you abreast of the situation with weekly updates. If you are considering entering shows, why not use the download links from within the show calendar?
We are delighted to launch new photo gallery pages on this site. 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!
We are extremely pleased to announce that we have now been able to arrange to move our 2020 Championship Show to Saturday 10th July 2021 in conjunction with the East of England Championship Show with very grateful thanks to their Show Secretary, Mrs Pat Dufty, for all her help and assistance with this.
As planned for our 2020 December show Glenda O'Connell (Atherleigh) will judge the Dog classes, Liz Jay (Talraz) will judge the Bitch classes and Janet Steel (Spinningdale) will be referee. We are extremely grateful to our judges for accepting these new arrangements and especially Liz Jay for rearranging another commitment in order to judge on our new date.
We have been allocated two large rings all day on Saturday 10th July near the main show and caravan area. Alan Hards is Show Manager for East of England and I am sure we will be well looked after. Pastoral Day at East of England Show will be on Sunday 11th July 2021 where the judge is Steve Hall (Shenedene).
Our July show may not be the great social event we have had in the past as it will very much depend on the virus and social distancing rules at the time. But we will do our best to make the show as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone. Let's keep our fingers crossed all goes well with the proposed vaccines.
The show on 10th July 2021 will be in addition to our normal annual Championship Dog Show booked to be held on 4 December 2021 at the Sports Connexion in Coventry. We have also booked our Open Show for Saturday 10th April 2021 and AGM for Sunday 21st March 2021. Keep your fingers crossed the COVID-19 situation will allow these events in the Spring to go ahead.
In the meantime, take care everyone and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in 2021.
Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey.We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey has been published and is now available to download here.
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 Animal Health Trust's DNA Databank Very sadly the AHT closed in July. The AHT was a Charitable Trust and tragically ran out of funding to continue its important work. We have been informed that no DNA samples have been lost and they have been transferred to Cambridge Veterinary School. We hope to have more updates in due course.
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 03.05.2021