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Bearded Collie

 

The Brady Bunch made the Bearded Collie a household name when they welcomed Tiger into their split-level ranch. Folks often confuse “Beardies” (as their fans call them) with Old English Sheepdogs, but the tails give them away. Of the two, Bearded Collies are the ones with tails.

Originally from Scotland, this medium-sized and active breed can grow to between 45-55 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Herding group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Average Lifespan12-14 years
AKC Ranking101
Date of origin1800s
OriginAustralia
Area of originAustralia
Original function Sheep herding
Today's functionHerding trials
Average size of femaleHeight: 17-19 Weight: 35-45
Average size of male 20-21 Weight: 45-55
Breed groupHerding
Breed's original pastimeHerding
FamilyLivestock, herding

 

Affection level Very affectionate
Cold tolerance High tolerance
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs High
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Friendly
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
Other nameNone
Playfullness Very playful
Protection ability Not very protective

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A BEARDED COLLIE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Bearded Collies are cheerful, high energy, very playful, and very affectionate. If they've been well-socialized, these dogs are friendly with other dogs, pets, and children.

WHAT IS BEARDED COLLIE BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This bouncy breed loves children and families, but their tendency toward “ruff” play means you'll want to supervise them with little ones. Bearded Collies need room to spread out, both in- and out-of-doors, so they're best suited to suburban or rural families who have lots of time to play.

Vigilant and prone to barking, a Bearded Collie wants you to know what's on her mind. They're usually not particularly protective. This is a dog who wants to work, so find your furry friend a job or be prepared for mischief. Because Bearded Collies want nothing more than to play with you, leaving them on their own too much can also lead to destructive or aggressive behaviors.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BEARDED COLLIE?

Like many herders, Bearded Collies can be strong-willed and stubborn. Start while they're young and be patient and consistent with Beardies. Keep your training exercises engaging — these intelligent and independent dogs bore easily. You might consider agility, rally, or herding training to channel all that energy and intelligence.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO BEARDED COLLIES SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

All Bearded Collie puppies have dark coats, which often become greyer as these dogs age. Their coloration may not become permanent until they reach middle age. Their double coats are medium-length, harsh, and weatherproof.

Those coats need consistent care. Brush and comb them every day, and schedule a bath or a trip to the groomer's at least every other month. Bearded Collies are heavy, once yearly seasonal shedders.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BEARDED COLLIES HAVE?

Though generally healthy, some Beardies are prone to cancer and arthritis. Bearded Collies can also develop hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease) and hypothyroidism. Some suffer from eye disease and hip dysplasia, but these are rare.

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