Also referred to as the beardie, the bearded collie is an intelligent, curious, and fun-loving dog that is great with children. Originally used as a herder, the beardie is now mostly bred for shows. However, it still makes a great pet and an amazing family companion.
The bearded collie is among the oldest herding breeds. It is believed to come from Polish lowland sheepdogs that were left in Scotland in the 1500s. Throughout the years, the dogs crossbred with the local breeds and this gave rise to this herding breed. From the beginning, bearded collies have served as all-around farm dogs. The earliest picture of a beardie appeared in 1771 when a dog that resembles this breed was in the Duke of Buccleuch's portrait.
A detailed description of this breed was published later in 1818's Livestock Journal edition. Established in the US in the late 1950s, the dog had a club by 1969, and by 1983, it was given a full status of AKC's Herding Group.
A male beardie is 21 to22 inches tall at the shoulder. The females are between 20 and 21 inches at their shoulder. Most fall between 45 and 55 pounds but can get heavier or lighter depending on their environment.
The bearded collies have a specific appearance that some people link to terriers. A beardie is confident, resourceful and quite smart. The dog has a bouncy personality and this is what makes him a fun pet to be around.
When it comes to training, the dog is smart and may tend to have his own way. Temperament is affected by a number of factors. These factors include socialization, training, and hereditary elements. Pups with a nice temperament are playful, curious and will mostly approach people and love being held. At times it can get boisterous with kids but it unlikely to get aggressive intentionally. Though most are quiet and sweet, some are enthusiastic and can get loud and this will boil down to what you want in your pet.
Bearded collies are medium-sized dogs with agile movements and long bodies. Living in a comfortable home, they have a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years. Their lifespan will mostly depend on the environment they live in.
Bearded collies shed, however, most of the shed hair will get stuck in their wavy coat rather than fall on your floor or furniture. Some people prefer cutting this coat short and this gives the shed hair a chance to fall. Beardies are moderate shedders and this means you will not be dealing with a ton of dog hair.
The dog can comfortably live outside in cool climates but most will prefer being indoors with the family. To keep the dog in his optimum form, it's important to schedule playing and walking session. The long wavy coat should be brushed and combed regularly to keep it tangle free and lustrous.
With good temperament and an above average lifespan, a bearded collie is one of the best pets a family can have. All the dog needs are good care, training, playtime and it will be a valuable member of the family.
|Breed Group:||Herding (AKC:1976 & UKC)|
|Life span:||12-14 years|
|Height:||20-22 inches (51-56 cm)|
|Weight:||40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)|
|Litter Size:||4-12 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $1200 - $1400 USD|