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The Bearded Collie

Posted December 13, 2013 in Dog Breeds

Background
The Bearded Collie is one of Britain’s oldest breeds and originates in Central Europe with ties to the Komondor. Before being called Bearded Collie the breed was called Highland Collie because of all the time spent in Scotland as herding dogs. The name evolved to Bearded Collie because unlike other collie breeds, they have long facial hair that resembles a beard.

The Bearded Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 45 to 55 lbs.
  • Height: 20 to 22 inches
  • Coat: Double coat, shaggy and long
  • Color: Black, brown, fawn, or blue -- each color can include white markings.
  • Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years

What’s the Bearded Collie like?
The bouncy, loving, and active Bearded Collie can be an ideal family dog. He’s great around other pets and with children; however, you should always monitor him around youngsters as his energy may be too much for them. He requires regular exercise which could include a jog around the park or a good game of fetch.

When it comes to training, the Bearded Collie can be stubborn at times but if you’re consistent, firm, and use positive reinforcement he will respond and learn quickly. He’s generally social but in some cases he can be more reserved so you may need to put effort into early socialization if you want to be sure he makes friends.

Grooming your Beardie consists of brushing or combing about three times a week to prevent mats and tangles. Keep his coat looking beautiful and healthy.

Health
Conditions you may encounter with a Bearded Collie include the following:

Hip dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia

Autoimmune thyroiditis

Pemphigus foliaceus

Addison’s disease

Takeaway points

  • The Bearded Collie is more suitable for a family with older children
  • The Bearded Collie has a loud bark, making him a great watchdog
  • The Bearded Collie likes outdoor activities
  • The Bearded Collie doesn’t shed much

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.