Bearded collie Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Beardie
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Low/Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Walk and lots of running daily
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:45-55 lbs
  • Height:male: 21-22, female: 20-21 inches
  • Coat Colour:any shade of gray or chocolate. White may appear as a blaze, or on tail tip, feet, and chest. Tan points may also occur.

Bearded collie Coat

The Bearded Collie has a shaggy coat that covers the entire body, even under the chin. The weatherproof outer coat is long and dense. The under coat is soft and thick. Their coat colour changes several times over their life-span. The Bearded Collie puppies are generally born black, brown, blue, or fawn. The puppy coat then fades to cream or light gray. Once they reach maturity they darken again to their adult coat of brown, fawn, blue, or black. Bearded Collies are average shedders.

Bearded collie Character

The Bearded Collie is hardy and active. This unspoiled and natural breed has strength, is a hard worker, and makes a devoted companion. They possess self-confidence and are never shy or aggressive. The Bearded Collie is bouncy, bright, reliable, and trustworthy. They are suited equally for being a household pet, as well as working in any weather condition on any terrain.

Bearded collie Temperament

An enthusiastic, affectionate, and loving breed, the Bearded Collie thrives on family, fun, and being given a task to perform. They are sweet and easy-going, as well as bold and rowdy. This breed is excellent with children and other family pets. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time with nothing to do. Since they are herding dogs, this breed may attempt to perform the task with everyone and everything that moves. The Bearded Collie is not an excessive barker, but will bark to announce visitors, show their excitement, or if they are bored.

Bearded collie Care

The Bearded Collie requires daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats. The coat must be misted with a conditioning spray prior to brushing. Professional clipping can be done every two months. Dry shampooing or bathing should be done as needed. This breed is prone to allergies, hip dysplasia, eye problems, hypothyroidism, and auto-immune disease.

Bearded collie Activity

A highly active breed, the Bearded Collie requires an inordinate amount of exercise. They are not recommended for apartment dwelling, as they prefer to have free run. Fairly active indoors, they do best with a large yard or on a farm. Bearded Collies do not like to be confined and enjoy being outdoors with their family playing or performing a task.

Bearded collie Health and Life Expectancy

The Bearded Collie has a life expectancy of around 12-14 years. A range of health problems and issues are associated with this breed, and this includes thyroid problems, autoimmune problems, Addison's Disease, cataracts, epilepsy, HD, SAS, allergies, and skin problems. You should ensure that the parents of your Bearded Collie puppy have OFA and CERF certificates.