The Bearded Collie!
The Bearded Collie or Beardie is shaggy-coated all over, and even has hair
under its chin, which explains the name. It has a short muzzle, a broad skull,
and large teeth. It carries its long tail down low and wags it high when its
excited. This breed developed from the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. Some lines
of this breed are known for their coat that fades in the first year from birth
then turns back to the color that’s almost as dark as the color they’re
Some Quick Facts:
Higher than average.
Good farm dog. Needs wide open spaces to run.
Brisk walk, run or yard play.
20 to 22 inches
40 to 60 pounds
Standard Hair Colors:
Blue, brown, fawn or black
National breed club:
Bearded Collie Club of America
Bearded Collie Skills
Around the 18th century, the breed was used to drive cattle and herd sheep. It then slowly gained popularity in the show ring after the Victorian period, though became strictly work dog again after the First World War. The Bearded Collie eventually found its way to England and America, where it became a favored show dog, and better trained for herding trials, though it still remains a skilled herding dog.
Bearded Collie Personality
The Beardie is a feisty, enthusiastic breed, that is also funny, intelligent, biddable, and yet a little independent. It is an ideal pet for children who can keep up with its boisterous ways. It is highly trainable, though it must not be left by itself with nothing to do, as it needs a lot of human interaction, as well as consistent training to improve its obedience. This breed will also try to round up people and other animals by nipping at their heels.
This breed will be happy and well exercised with a herding job. Otherwise, it needs a good daily workout, possibly a rotation between extended walks, boisterous play sessions, and brisk jogging trips.
The Bearded Collie prefers to live outdoors in temperate to cool climates, as it is amenable to going out in any weather condition. It does well as a farm dog, since it does not like to be tied down all the time and needs an open area for running off leash. However, as a pet, it will also need to spend time indoors with its owners.
The Beardie’s coat tends to mat or get tangled, thus thorough daily or at least thrice-weekly brushing (more when shedding) is essential. Note that the tangles are easier to smooth out when damp. The undercoat should be checked regularly for ticks.
Bearded Collies are healthy in general, though hip dysplasia, cataracts and epilepsy have been observed previously in this breed.
If you liked this dog…
The Shetland sheepdog, also a herding dog of Scotland, is just as loyal and affectionate to its owners as the Bearded Collie. This smaller breed is also highly trainable, though a better watchdog than the Beardie.