Bearded Collie

These dogs are fun loving pals in a good home, and are ideal for active individuals, people who love the outdoors and families with older children.

History and Health :

  • History :

A story perhaps true, perhaps not is that in 1514, a merchant in Scotland bought six Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, along with sheep and grain. These Sheepdogs were bred with bred with native Scottish dogs, and soon producing the Bearded Collie. Records of Bearded Collies have been traced to the 18th century.

More accepted is the fact that a woman by the name of Mrs. G. Olive Willison who had a dog who may or may not have been a Shetland Sheepdog in 1944. Mrs. Willison met a man who was leaving Scotland, and became the owner of his dog. Her two dogs were bred, soon producing the Bearded Collie. It is from this family line that the Bearded Collie is recognized and under which dogs are registered. In 1967, the first Bearded Collie puppies appeared in the United States.

  • Health :

Bearded Collies in different locations are subject to, or prone to different medical conditions. In the United Kingdom, they tend to suffer from arthritis, cruciate ligament rupture (CLR), colitis, diarrhea and urologic diseases. In the United States and Canada, common health issues include hypothyroidism, cancer, arthritis, skin problems, and Addison’s disease.


These dogs in the United Kingdom die from old age (one out of four), cancer (one out of five), cerebrovascular disease (one out of twelve), and chronic kidney failure (one out of twelve). In the United States and Canada, the causes are old age (about one out of five), cancer (one out of six), kidney failure (one out of twelve) and cerebrovascular disease (one out of twenty-five).

Temperament & Personality :

  • Personality :

They are often described as active, intelligent, confident, alert, lively, hardy as well as resourceful, independent, and with a bouncy, bubbly personality

  • Activity Requirements :

Although they may not appear to be so, they are extremely active and require long, daily walks. It is also very good if they have a safe, enclosed area (such as a yard, in which to roam, run and play.

  • Trainability :

Because of their high intelligence, they are very easy to train. At the same time, they can easily become bored if they are not challenged physically and mentally.

  • Behavioral Traits :

They are wonderful around children, and seem to exhibit a sense of humor. They are natural herders of not only animals but also people. They may bark a lot, but are not necessarily good at being watchdogs.

Appearance & Grooming :

  • Appearance :

This collie is a strong working dog who is medium in size. They are long and lean. The head is large and broad; the muzzle is shorter but strong; the ears are medium-sized and covered with long hair. Their coat is shaggy (sometimes making them look like a mop), waterproof and being a double coat that appears even at the chin (which is why they are called “Beardie”)

  • Size and Weight :

Male dogs are 21 to 22 inches (53-56 cm), while females are 1 inch (2.5 cm) shorter in height, and all of these dogs are generally 40 to 60 lbs (18-27 kg) in weight.

  • Coat & Color :

They have developed a strong, shaggy, flat and harsh outercoat with a soft and furry inner coat to protect them from the extremes of weather in Scotland. They are colored black, brown, fawn or blue, with or without white markings at birth. As they grow older, the colors can change. For example, the dogs who are born brown will change from chocolate to sandy.

  • Grooming :

Because of the long and shaggy coat, daily brushing is a must, and it is difficult to detect fleas and ticks. As an alternative, the coat can be cut by a professional groomer every two months.

  • Body Type :

The body type is that of the Medium Sized breed of dogs.

Characteristics :

  • Bearded Collies are above average with children.
  • They are above average when they are around cats.
  • They are also above average when around other dogs.
  • They are extremely easy to train.
  • They are above average in shedding.
  • They can be good as watchdogs, although they are usually not recognized for this.
  • They are far above average in intelligence.
  • Because of their long coats, they can be a chore to groom properly.
  • They are above average in popularity.
  • They are extremely adaptable, although they ought to have a place to run or walk.
  • They are not hypoallergenic.

Tasty Tidbits :

When they have puppies, then they have a larger than average amount of seven, and there can be as many as twelve in the litter. Puppies that are ideal are the ones who are curious, playful, willing to approach people and to be held by them.

Care :

Again, it is very important that they be kept very active, so if you live in an apartment then they may not be appropriate. Training is important so that they can get along well with cats or other dogs, which can also be accomplished by having them raised together.

Feeding :

It is recommended that they be fed twice a day, for a total of 1.5 to 2 cups of food each day. Puppies will need to eat 3 to 4 cups of food each day for their energy needs.

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Information and Facts of Bearded Collie :

  1. The name for this dog is Bearded Collie
  2. It is also referred to as Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Hairy Mou’ed Collie, Argle Bargle, Beardie
  3. These dogs originated in Scotland
  4. They are of the Medium Dog breed
  5. Kennel Clubs classify them as Herding, Working or Pastoral dogs
  6. They can live 12 to 15 years, and usually on the high end of the range
  7. Male dogs are 21 to 22 inches (53-56 cm), while females are 1 inch (2.5 cm) shorter in height
  8. All these dogs are generally 40 to 60 lbs (18-27 kg) in weight
  9. The recognized colors are fawn, black, brown, black and brown, blue, and tri-color
  10. In the U.S., puppies are $1000-1500; in the U.K. they are £70-480 ($118-809)
  11. They need just a moderate amount of sleep
  12. They seem to have descended from Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.