Local Bearded Collie heads to Westminster

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The 6-year-old Bearded Collie named Jamie fits all the characteristics of this breed. Energetic, kind, and an excellent mover, he's been winning ribbons since he was four months old.

But this year, he garnered enough points to make it to the prestigious Westminster Dog Show.

“Don't have great expectations, there are beautiful dogs out there,” says Karen Gutheil, Jamie’s owner. “I think he is up there at the top. It would be nice to be acknowledged. But the fun is getting there and enjoying what we are going to see," she says.

Karen says there's been an army of professionals behind Jamie's success.

His handler, groom, chiropractor, veterinarian to name just a few.

Back in New York, he'll compete against 18 other bearded collies from across the country.

If he places first, he'll move to herding breed group competition where he'll go up against the best German Shepard, Old English Sheep Dogs, Australian Shepard, and Corgi to name just a few.

From there it will be Best in Show.

The Bearded Collie's heritage goes back to the Scottish Highlands where shepherds prized the dog for its ability to herd sheep and goats.

Jamie has competed in those contests before, but he heads to Westminster for being a great example of the Bearded Collie standard.

Jamie heads to his handler’s home in California on Tuesday February 4, 2020.

From there, they go to New York.

The Westminster Dog Show begins Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Jamie will be judged on Sunday, February 9 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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