photo by: Sannse
FCI-Standard N° 271 / 24. 08.
1988 (Dutch / Ned. standaard)
ORIGIN : Great Britain.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
UTILIZATION : Sheepdog.
CLASSIFICATION FCI :
Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss
Section 1 Sheepdogs.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
A lean active dog, 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. The breed, though strongly made,
should show plenty of daylight under the body and
should not look too heavy. A bright, enquiring expression
is a distinctive feature of the breed.
The Bearded Collie should be alert, lively, self-confident
and active. The temperament should be that of a
steady intelligent working dog, with no signs of
nervousness or aggression.
Steady, intelligent working dog, with no signs of
nervousness or aggression.
HEAD AND SKULL: The head should be in proportion
to the size of the dog. The skull broad and flat
and square, the distance between stop and occiput
being equal to the width between the orifices of
the ears. The muzzle strong and equal in length
to the distance between the stop and the occiput,
the whole effect being that of a dog with strength
of muzzle and plenty of brain room. The stop should
be moderate. The nose large and square, generally
black but normally following the coat colour in
blues and browns. The nose and lips should be of
solid colour without spots or patches. Pigmentation
of lips and eyerims should follow nose colour.
EYES: The eyes should tone
with coat in colour, be set widely apart and be
large, soft and affectionate, but not protruding.
The eyebrows arched up and forward but not so long
as to obscure the eyes.
EARS: The ears of medium size
and drooping. When the dog is alert, the ears should
lift at the base level with, but not above, the
top of the skull, increasing the apparent breadth
of the skull.
MOUTH: The teeth large and
white, the incisors of the lower jaw fitting tightly
behind those of the upper jaw. However, a pincer
bite is acceptable.
NECK: Moderate length, muscular
and slightly arched.
BODY: The length of the back
should come from the length of the ribcage and not
that of the loin. The back level and ribs well-sprung
but not barrelled. The loins should be strong and
the chest deep, giving plenty of heart and lung
TAIL: Set low, without kink
or twist, and long enough for the end of the bone
to reach at least the point of the hock. Carried
low with an upward swirl at the tip whilst standing
or walking, but may be extended at speed. Never
carried over the back. Covered with abundant hair.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulders
should slope well back: a line drawn through the
centre of the shoulder blade should form a right
angle (90 degrees) with the humerus. The shoulder
blades at the withers should be separated only by
the vertebrae but should slope outwards from there
sufficiently to accommodate the desired spring of
rib. Legs straight and vertical, with good bone
and covered with shaggy hair all round. Pasterns
flexible without weakness.
with good second thighs, well-bent stifles and low
hocks. The lower leg should fall at a right angle
to the ground and, in normal stance, should be just
behind a line vertically below the point of the
FEET: Oval in shape with the
soles well-padded. The toes arched and close together,
well covered with hair, including between the pads.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Movement should
be supple, smooth and long reaching, covering the
ground with the minimum of effort.
HAIR : Double with the undercoat
soft, furry and close. Outercoat flat, harsh, strong
and shaggy, free from woolliness and curl, though
a slight wave is permissible. Length and density
of the hair should be sufficient to provide a protective
coat and to enhance the shape of the dog, but not
enough to obscure the natural lines of the body.
The coat must not be trimmed in any way. On the
head, the bridge of the nose should be sparsely
covered with hair which is slightly longer on the
side just to cover the lips. From the cheeks, the
lower lips and under the chin, the coat should increase
in length towards the chest, forming the typical
COLOUR : Slate grey, reddish
fawn, black, blue, all shades of grey, brown and
sandy, with or without white markings. Where white
occurs it should appear on the foreface, as a blaze
on the skull, on the tip of the tail, on the chest,
legs and feet and, if round the collar, the roots
of the white hair should not extend behind the shoulder.
White should not appear above the hocks on the outside
of the hind legs. Slight tan markings are acceptable
on the eyebrows, inside the ears, on the cheeks,
under the root of the tail, and on the legs where
white joins the main colour.
SIZE : Ideal height at the
shoulder: Dogs 53-56 cm (21-22 in). Bitches 51-53
cm (20-21 in).
Overall quality and proportions
should be considered before size but excessive variation
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 is regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree.
NOTE : Male animals should
have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.