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Border Collie OR Bearded Collie?
If a herding dog came out of Scotland, it was generally referred
to as being a "collie" dog (keeping in
mind that the word "collie" was spelled in many variations).
If a herding dog came from England, it was likely referred to as a
"sheepdog" or "sheep dog."
An example of confusion about a breed would be the below painting done by
William Huggins, who died in 1884. The date of this
painting is unknown, but since the artist was born in 1820, it
is likely that it was painted some time between 1840 and 1884.
This artist had a great love for animal paintings. The below painting was entitled
"Faithful Friends, a Border Collie and two Terriers in a
It is not known for certain if the artist named the painting.
Sometimes they are named by others long after an artist is deceased.
RED MERLE BEARDIES
Since many working dogs were bred to dogs of other
types, one can only assume there would be red merle Beardie-like
According to Vicki Cuerden, Woody is a red merle
male Beardie. He was one of three merles born in a litter bred on
September 15, 2000.
Woody and Taggie's dam was almost a Beardie in that
her sire was a Beardie and her dam 5/8 Beardie. She was white with
brown markings. Woody's sire was a red merle border collie bred by
In the images below, taken in 2005, Woodie is on
the left (owned by Chris Hack) with his female littermate, Taggie
(also a red merle) owned by Chris Mancini.
Woodie and Taggie in 2005
Woody on right 2009 with Dan, bred by
Lynne sharp and Owned by Vicki Cuerden