Bearded Collie

Overview

The beardie is a medium-sized dog with a long, slender, ardently created body, which provides the impression of the endurance and strength. Its gait is supple and strong, with great reach and drive. The capacity to produce sharp turns, fast starts and sudden stops is vital in a sheep-herding strain, along with the beardie needs to have the ability to maintain up this activity for a very long time period under most conditions. Its coat is double with a soft, furry undercoat. The outer coating is flat, harsh and quite right; it is enough to guard the puppy but not so far as to obscure your puppy’s lines. The beardie’s saying is bright and asking.

The boisterous beardie is lively and lively, full of energy and enthusiasm. It’s smart and obedient, however it’s an independent thinker with a clownish sense of comedy. It enjoys children, but it could be too rambunctious for smaller children and might attempt to herd them when playing.

AKC RANKING 101
FAMILY livestock, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Scotland
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION sheep herding
TODAY’S FUNCTION herding trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 21-22 Weight: 45-55
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 20-22 Weight: 45-55
OTHER NAME none
This busy dog requires either a great jog, a lengthy walk or a vigorous play session daily. It particularly enjoys herding. Even the beardie can live out in cool environments, but it’s happier when permitted entry into the home with its loved ones. Its long coat requires brushing or combing each other moment.
  • Energy levelHigh energy
  • Exercise needsHigh
  • PlayfullnessVery playful
  • Affection levelVery affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsHigh maintenance
  • Cold toleranceHigh tolerance
  • Heat toleranceMedium tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: CHD, epilepsy, colonic disease, pemphigus
• Occasionally seen: CHD, aortic stenosis, PRA, PPM, cataract, vWD
• Suggested tests: hip, (eye), (cardiac)
• Life span: 12 – 14 years
The bearded collie likely originated in the central European Magyar komondor or lowland Polish sheepdog. In reality, records show that in 1514 two lowland Polish sheepdogs were attracted to Scotland from Polish traders. Although puppies strongly respecting bearded collies are portrayed in artwork dating from the 18th century, challenging evidence of this strain can’t be discovered before the early-19th century, once the first breed description has been printed. These puppies were tireless herders of sheep and drovers of cows over rough terrain from the chilly Scottish mists. Long popular as a herding dog in Scotland, following the Victorian age the strain also gained favor for a show puppy. Two breeds, the boundary breed, which was white and brown with a slightly wavy coat, along with the Highland breed, that had a grey and gray coat, have since been interbred and merged to one strain. Following World War I, the “beardie” was once more bred exclusively for work. Their worth as inventory dogs made it hard for outsiders to obtain one in their shepherd owners. Finally, though, a couple breeders interested in revealing beardies could attract a few dogs into England and then to America. The AKC recognized the breed in 1977. It’s since become a prominent display dog and proceeds as a competent herder, though it’s more popular as a rival in herding trials than as a real working dog.

 

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