Bearded Collie

FCI standard Nº 271

Origin
Great-Britain
Group
Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
Section
Section 1 Sheepdogs
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Wednesday 30 August 1967
Publication of the official valid standard
Monday 03 November 2014
Last update
Tuesday 12 May 2015
En français, cette race se dit
Bearded Collie
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Bearded Collie
En español, esta raza se dice
Collie Barbudo
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Bearded Collie

Usage

Sheepdog and companion.

General appearance

Lean, active dog. Though strongly made, should show plenty of daylight under body and should not look too heavy. Bright, enquiring expression is a distinctive feature.

Important proportions

Longer than it is high in an approximate proportion of 5 to 4 measured from point of chest to point of buttock. Bitches may be slightly longer. Distance between stop and occiput should be equal to width between orifices of ears.

Behaviour / temperament

Alert, lively, self-confident and active. Steady, intelligent working dog, with no signs of nervousness or aggression.

Head

Cranial region

Head
In proportion to size. Whole effect being that of a dog with strength of muzzle and plenty of brain room.
Skull
Broad, flat and square. 
Stop
Moderate.

Facial region

Nose
Large and square, generally black but normally following coat colour in blues and browns. Nose of solid colour without spots or patches.
Muzzle
Strong and equal in length to distance between stop and occiput.
Lips
Of solid colour without spots or patches. Pigmentation follows nose colour.
Jaws and teeth
Teeth large and white. Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite preferred, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Level bite tolerated but undesirable.
Eyes
Toning with coat colour, set widely apart and large, soft and affectionate, not protruding. Pigmentation of eye rims follows nose colour. Eyebrows arched up and forward but not so long as to obscure eyes.
Ears
Of medium size and drooping. When alert, ears lift at base, level with, but not above top of skull, increasing apparent breadth of skull.

Neck

Moderate length, muscular and slightly arched.

Body

Body
Length of back comes from length of rib cage and not that of loin.
Back
Level.
Loin
Strong.
Chest
Deep, giving plenty of heart and lung room.
Ribs
Ribs well sprung but not barrelled.

Tail

Set low, without kink or twist. and long enough for end of bone to reach at least point of hock.. Carried low with an upward swirl at tip whilst standing or walking, may be extended at speed. Never carried over back. Covered with abundant hair.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Legs straight and vertical with good bone, covered with shaggy hair all round.
Shoulders
Sloping well back.
Pastern
Flexible without weakness.
Forefeet
Oval with soles well padded. Toes arched and close together, well covered with hair, including between pads.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well muscled.
Lower thigh
Good.
Stifle
Well bent.
Metatarsus
Lower leg falls at right angle to ground and, in normal stance, is just behind a line vertically below point of buttock.
Hock
Low.
Hind feet
Oval with soles well padded. Toes arched and close together, well covered with hair, including between pads.

Gait and movement

Supple, smooth and long-reaching, covering ground with minimum of effort.

Coat

Hair
Double with soft, furry and close undercoat. Outer coat flat, harsh, strong and shaggy, free from woolliness and curl, though slight wave permissible. Length and density of hair sufficient to provide a protective coat and to enhance shape of dog, but not enough to obscure natural lines of body. Coat must not be trimmed in any way. Bridge of nose sparsely covered with hair slightly longer on side just to cover lips. From cheeks, lower lips and under chin, coat increases in length towards chest, forming typical beard.
Colour
Slate grey, reddish-fawn, black, blue, all shades of grey, brown and sandy with or without white markings. When white occurs it appears on foreface, as a blaze on skull, on tip of tail, on chest, legs and feet and, if round the collar, roots of white hair should not extend behind shoulder. White should not appear above hocks on outside of hindlegs. Slight tan markings are acceptable on eyebrows, inside ears, on cheeks, under root of tail and on legs where white joins main colour.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Ideal males 53 – 56 cm, females 51 – 53 cm. Overall quality and proportions should be considered before size but excessive variations from the ideal height should be discouraged.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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