We can trace the origin of this breed
for more than 400 years in the past. They probably developed
at the end of 15th and during the 16th century by mating
Polish lowland sheepdogs with Scottish sheepdogs. From
that period until the 20th century, there is very little
information on the breed.
The first club was established in 1912
in Edinburgh. After that, the number of dogs rapidly
decreases and during the Second World War the breed
came near extinction.
for breed resurrection goes to Mrs. G. O. Willison from
Great Britain, who in 1944 by pure chance obtained a
brown female Jeannie of Bothkennar (left).
In 1949 she also manages to acquire a male - Bailie
of Bothkennar - using this couple to completely renew
In 1959 Jeannie’s granddaughter
Beauty Queen of Bothkennar becomes the first Bearded
Collie to win the CC candidature for the English champion
A new standard was established in 1964,
and "beardies" become increasingly popular
when a female Potterdale Classic of Moonhill won Best
in Show at Cruft’s.
Bearded collie breeding in Croatia
The first Bearded Collie in Croatia
was a male called Extra Light de la Fontaine Aux Elfes,
owned by Draenka Matkovic. He was born in 1989
and had no offspring.
year later, Vilma Polz-ivkovic imports a dog from
Germany - Black Imperial v. Karthäuser Hain (right),
at home called Timo. This dog marks the beginning of
Bearded Collie breeding in the region.
Timo won several championships and will
be remembered as the father of the first Bearded Collie
litter in Croatia, whelped on June 15th 1994 by Neuma
z Brda, a female imported from Slovenia.
elimir Harapin, breeder of that
litter, did not register the name of his kennel.
Black Imperial v. Karthäuser Hain
Ch. Black Imperial v. Karthäuser Hain, "Timo"
The first officially registered kennel
was Ratkay’s, owned by Zrinka Ratkajec. She bred
only one litter, born in 1996. Dam was Bounty Brown
Hneda, female imported from the Czech Republic, and
sire was again Black Imperial v. Karthäuser Hain.
January 1997, Jasmina Dasovic founded a kennel under
the name Vatea, with a female Black Lace whelped in
1994 in the first litter. Today, Vatea is the oldest
active Croatian Bearded Collie kennel.
Black Lace was mated with an outstanding
male imported to Hungary from France - Ch. Initiale
de Chester (left). The most successful
Bearded Collie of all times from Croatian breeding -
a brown female Vatea’s Haidee Sweet Dream - comes
from this litter.
Later in the same year, Tajana and Draena
Ormo established a kennel called Sagena with a
female Double Scotch Blue Forget-Me-Not, imported from
Hungary. Except for Vatea, this is the only still active
kennel and is currently leading in the number of litters.
In 2003 T. & D. Ormo import
a black male, Potterdale Miami Star (right),
from a leading European kennel. This young dog already
has prominent results at shows as well as winning descendants.
From the beginning until today, there
were approximately twenty Bearded Collies imported to
Croatia, and over a hundred puppies bred.