© Isselee (Eric Isselée) |

Bearded Collie

Nickname: Beardie

Breed origin: Britain
Original purpose: Companion and sheepdog.

AKC recognized: 1976
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 21 to 22 inches; females 20 to 21 inches
© Born (Vladimir Hroch) |
Color: All Bearded Collies are born either black, blue, brown or fawn, with or without white markings. With maturity, the coat color may lighten, so that a born black may become any shade of gray from black to slate to silver, a born brown from chocolate to sandy. Blues and fawns also show shades from dark to light.

Life span: 10 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: Bearded Collies are intelligent, hardy, active, curious, strong, bouncy and agile. They are stable and self-confident, and make devoted members of the family. They have very high energy levels and excel at agility trials. They make excellent pets for those able to accomodate their energy level and grooming requirements.

© Jess |
Good watchdog? Yes

© Roughcollie (Karen Arnold) |
Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: agility, therapy

Grooming requirement: Weekly brushing to keep their long hair from matting. The long hair is also very difficult to wash. Some owners keep their Bearded Collie's coat short in a "puppy cut" to reduce the need for frequent brushing and to make it easier to bath. If kept properly groomed, they will shed very little. However, when they lose their puppy coat, usually between 9 and 18 months, they will shed heavily for about 2 to 3 months.

Known health problems: Hypothyroidism, cancer, Addison's disease, arthritis, skin problems, allergies.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Bearded Collie (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Bryony Harcourt-Brown and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
158 pages

Bearded Collie (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Carol Gold
Published in 1999
93 pages

Bearded Collie
By Brenda White
Published in 2000
80 pages

Beardie Basics (Beginner's Guide to Bearded Collies)
By Barbara Hagen Rieseberg, Betty Jo McKinney, and Jo Parker
Published in 1997
120 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Bearded Collie Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Bearded Collie Club of America Rescue

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