Breed Organization Bearded Collie Club of America Website: http://www.bcca.us Native Country Scotland Other Names Bearded Collie, Highland Collie, 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.
History 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.
Behavior 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.
Health Prone to hip dysplasia. Their dense coat may
conceal external parasite infestation.
Advice 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.