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.
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!
It's time to ring the changes for our home-page photo carousel. In the next few weeks we shall be looking for autumn-themed images so if you have some pics you would like displayed please email them to the website administrator.
The 2021 Show Calendar has now filled up following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. 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 to 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 have included historic 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!
Bearded Collie Annual Health Survey.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 2020. 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 23.08.2021