The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog breed with a long, athletic, low lying frame, and medium-length coat that follows the natural lines of the body. Bearded Collie has a proportionate head with a body that is long and lean and does not appear heavy. Their head is slightly square in appearance and large eyes are not protruding with medium-sized ears that covered with hair. They have short but strong legs with a low set tail. They are known for their natural stance.
Country of Origin: Scotland
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 127 of 196
AKC Classification: Herding group
UKC Classification: Herding Dog
Exercise Requirements: >40 minutes/day
Height: Female: 20 inches; Male: 22 inches
Weight: Female: 40-60 lbs.; Male: 40-60 lbs.
Physical traits: Medium-sized, Long, Athletic
Coat: Length: Length: Long
Characteristics: Double coat, straight
Colors: Any shade of grey or chocolate. May have white blaze, feet, chest, tail tip; may have tan points
Overall Grooming Needs: High
Personality traits/Temperament: Smart, Bouncy, Charismatic
Energy Level: Very energetic
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
The Beardie is a healthy breed. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. They are a sturdy breed, which needs to be screen before breeding for certain health conditions like hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and eye problems like retinal atrophy. Check your Beardie’s ears regularly to remove foreign matter and avoid a build-up of wax, as well as their teeth, need to be brushed regularly. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential.
The Bearded Collie should do well on high-quality dog food, whether manufactured commercially or home-made. Add a high quality multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. A different diet should be given at different stages of dogs (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight which needs to check. Over-treats may result obesity in a certain age. Dogs that have been spayed/neutered, or that are older, may need slightly fewer calories. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.
Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended for Bearded Collies. Gently exposing the puppy to a wide variety of people, places, and situations between the ages of 7 weeks and 4 months will help him develop into a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult. Puppy training classes avert certain undesired behaviors that may be developing. The Beardie was bred to work out in the field on his own without any direction from people. This independent and stubborn behavior can make training a challenge.
The Bearded Collie is an energetic, active breed that requires a moderate amount of indoor and outdoor exercise. They are happy to run and play outside no matter what the weather. They need some sort of activity every day, such as a long walk, run, hike, or playing with a ball. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. And, of course, being bred to herd sheep, Beardies love to participate in athletic events such as herding, rally, agility, and obedience competitions.
Bearded Collies have been seen in several movies and television shows including “The Shaggy Dog”.
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