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Welcome to the website of the Subessen Beardies

Subessen is the affix of Sue and Claire Bowden who are breeders of a beautiful breed of dogs – 
Bearded Collies

The affix is derived from the following - Su      from Sue
                                                            be      from Bertie
                                                            ss     from Jess
                                                                        en    from Bowden      

At present we share our home with five beardies – , Blaze, Amba, Buddy, Grace and Sally who all live in the house.

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In 1993 we decided the time was right to add a four-legged friend to our family. After much searching we decided on a Bearded Collie and were put in touch with Caroline Nicholson who in turn put us in touch with Lynn Adams whose bitch Eby had recently had a litter. As luck would have it there were some dog puppies available. The whole family, hubby (Malcolm) sons (Keith, Mark) daughter (Claire) and myself set off for Kent and promptly fell in love with all the pups, but one in particular who kept following the boys around. So it was that two weeks later we went back to collect Bertie, our very own beardie.

Bertie however sadly passed away on 19th June 2009 and he will always be missed by all.

Jambalaya Snow Plough
(Ch Brenriga Double Take/Diotima Grace Darling)

Although Bertie only dabbled in ‘showing’ I decided I would like to ‘have a go’ and was lucky enough to bring home Jess from the Bendale household.

When Claire finished her A-levels she wanted to spend the summer in America and Anne Wilding put us in contact with a ‘beardie’ family in California. She fell in love with Toby (Am Ch.Bendale Smooth Operator) so it seemed only natural that we would ask Anne if we could have a ‘Bendale puppy’ and as luck would have it, Ginny (Ch Bendale Love Me Do JW) was in whelp and produced five lovely bitches. On September 7th 2003 Jess came to live with us in Horsham. She is definitely a ‘mummy’s girl’ but is always delighted to see her ‘first mum’, ‘auntie Sue’ and other friends, both two and four-legged!!’


Bendale Love Me Tender at Subessen
(Ch Otterswish O’Connor/Ch Bendale Love Me Do)

In April 2006 Jess had a litter of 9 pups and from these we added Blaze to our household.


Subessen Land of Grace
(Ch Mungo’s Over the Moon at Zoesta/Bendale Love Me Tender at Subessen)

In July 2009 Jess had her second litter - four beautiful puppies and we couldn't resist keeping a little girl who became known as Amba.


Subessen Bit of a Cheek
(Ch Potterdale Pisces/Bendale Love Me Tender at Subessen)

In March 2010 we were delighted to annouce that Blaze had whelped a litter of seven puppies. This time we decided to keep a boy, so Buddy joined the Subessen household


Subessen Echoes of Power
(Ch Moonhill Power of Dreamz/Subessen Land of Grace)

We loved Blaze's first litter so decided to repeat the mating.  In June 2014 Blaze whelped a litter of 4 gorgeous puppies and we couldn't resist keeping one, Grace (named after her mum), so the beardie household rose to 5!!



Subessen Blaze of Fire
(Ch Moonhill Power of Dreamz/Subessen Land of Grace)

In February 2019 Grace whelped a lovely litter of 7 puppies.  They were born on 14th February so had to be named  Heart of .......  We decided to keep a little girl - Heart of Hearts - to be known as Sally