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Bearded Collie: An Intelligent and Enthusiastic Herding Dog

The Bearded Collie, or Beardie, is a breed of herding dog that originated in Scotland, where it was used by shepherds to herd sheep and cattle. Today, the Beardie exists mainly as a companion dog and is known for its charismatic and friendly disposition.

Bearded Collie At a Glance

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Bearded Collie At a Glance

  • Size: 20"-22", 40-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Flat and shaggy outer coat with a soft undercoat
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Herding
  • Common Nicknames: Beardie, Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Hairy Mou'ed Collie

Bearded Collie Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Bearded Collie is full of energy and enthusiasm. They are known to be intelligent and eager to please, but many Beardies have an independent streak. Bearded Collies typically get along great with kids, although they may be too rambunctious for small children.

  • Health

    Responsible breeders will perform a hip evaluation, eye tests, and a thyroid evaluation to clear Bearded Collies of common disorders.

  • Activity Level

    Bearded Collies are very active dogs who love to run and play outside. Beardies need some sort of exercise every day, whether it's a long walk, hike, jog, or running around in a fenced-in yard. Because of their history as a herding dog, Bearded Collies are content being outside in just about any type of weather.

  • Grooming

    The Bearded Collie's double coat requires daily maintenance to stay healthy and prevent tangling. Their coat should be brushed daily to remove tangles and loose dirt, and raked weekly to remove dead hair.

  • Shedding

    They shed an average amount year round, and heavier in the spring and fall when they blow their undercoat.

  • Appearance

    The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog with a lean, rectangular body. These dogs have a long, shaggy coat that requires a good bit of maintenance. Beardie's coats can be black, brown, blue, or fawn and usually have white markings.

  • History

    The Bearded Collie was first used in Scotland as a herding dog. They are built for a hard days work, and their double-coat protects them from the harsh Scottish climate. Bearded Collies as we see them today were developed in the 1800s, but the breed almost became extinct during WW1. Devoted breeders rebuilt the population, and the first litter of US born Beardies was born in 1967.