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Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie
Breed Organization
Bearded Collie Club of America
Native Country
Other Names
Highland Collie, Beardie, Mountain Collie, Hairy Mou'ed Collie
Life Expectancy
Approximately 14-15 Years
Litter Size
Average 7 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Herding
Breed Appearance
The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog with long, shaggy hair. Its body is longer than tall. As an adult, Beardies may be black (from black to slate), blue (from steel blue, to silver), brown (from dark or milk chocolate to gingery red), or fawn (cinnamon to champagne), usually with white markings to a greater or lesser degree.

Breed Description
Head: Wide and flat. Strong muzzle. Moderate stop. Large, squarish nose.
Ears: Medium size, hanging close to the head.
Eyes: Large and wide-set. Color varies according to coat color. Eyebrows arched to the sides, framing the head.
Body: Long. Deep chest. Ribs well sprung. Strong loin. Straight back. Underline fairly high off the ground.
Tail: Set low and covered with abundant hair. Not kinked or twisted. Carried low and curving up slightly at the tip.
Hair: Long, flat, harsh, b, and shaggy. Sometimes wavy. Coat increases in length at the cheeks and chin, forming the characteristic beard.
Coat: Slate, dark fawn, black, blue, any shade of gray, with or without white markings. Coat does not take on its definitive color until the age of three, lightening and darkening several times over the first three years.
Size: Dog: 53 to 56 cm.Bitch: 51 to 53 cm.
Weight: 20 to 30 kg.

The Bearded Collie, affectionately called the Beardie, was developed in Scotland as a herding dog. Its ancestors likely included herding dogs from the European continent, such as the Poland Lowland Sheepdog (Polski Owzcarek Nizinny) and the Komondor, blended with the sheep herding dogs of the British Isles. It was developed as an independent worker, able to make decisions concerning the welfare and safety of its charges without depending on the shepherd, who might be miles away. The Beardie is still used as a shepherd’s helpmate — not only in its native Scotland, but all over the world.

This well-balanced, lively dog is neither shy nor aggressive. He is self-confident, affectionate, and always ready to play. The Bearded Collie, which becomes very attached to his owner and adores children, does not like to be left alone. Though he barks a lot, he does not make a very good guard dog. His good sense of smell is put to use searching for truffles. Early, firm (though not harsh) training is required.

Prone to hip dysplasia. Their dense coat may conceal external parasite infestation.

The Bearded Collie can adapt to being a house dog if he has many opportunities to go out and is not left alone. Regular brushing, at least twice per week, is required to keep his coat tangle-free. Otherwise, it will be impossible to brush out all of the knots.

Herding, Pet.

Horse Herd