Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie Dog Facts

Type:
Pastoral
Energy:
High energy
Exercise Requirement:
High
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Not very protective
Size:
Medium
Grooming Maintenance:
High
Temperature Preference:
Cold - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
12-14 years

About the Bearded Collie Breed

The Bearded Collie, or 'Beardie' is a medium sized dog which is lean and strongly built, but its big, shaggy coat can disguise this. As a result, although it might not look like much of a mover, it has a supple gait and is very good at suddenly stopping or changing direction, something that is crucial for a good herding dog. It has a good level of stamina, and can carry on working for a long time in all kinds of weather.

The coat of the Beardie is somewhat iconic, and it can make it attractive to some owners, as can its bright and inquisitive expression. It is usually white and black/grey, but can also have brown or tan patches. The outer coat is flat and coarser than the fluffy undercoat, and together they help to protect the Bearded Collie from all sorts of weather. However, the sheer amount of fur the dog has can make it intolerant of warm weather and requires a lot of grooming.

It is boisterous, lively and playful, although it may be too boisterous for small children. The Beardie will usually be happy to play with children, but may end up trying to herd them.

The origin of the Beardie is ambiguous, but it is thought to have a heritage that came over from mid-Europe or Poland. There are artworks depicting similar looking dogs as far back as the 18th century, but hard evidence doesn't make an appearance until the late 19th century.

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