A Very Entertaining Family Dog!
The Bearded Collie was once known as the Hairy Mountain dog, and later as the Scottish Bearded or Highland Collie. His genealogy is somewhat cloudy, but it is speculated that he is from the same stock as the Old English Sheepdog and the Polish Lowland Sheepdog.
And although he bears a strong resemblance to the Old English, he is slightly
smaller and thinner and has a body length greater than his height.
The Beardie, as he is popularly called, is a breed of some vintage, being known for his herding and droving skills in the Scottish highlands since the 16th century. He is a hardy dog possessing both considerable power and agility.
The BC has a fun,
inquisitive, and shaggy looking appearance, which may account for his popularity in the entertainment media.
His stardom includes roles in the Disney film The Shaggy Dog Story, the Agent Cody Banks movie, the television series
Please Don't Eat The Daisies, as well as being featured in the Land's End Catalog in 2001.
The Beardie may have also been the dog seen in The Brady Bunch sitcom.
Appearance and Care
: 20-22 inches
: 40-60 pounds
: Black, brown, blue, and fawn, with or without white markings.
The Beardie has a flowing and abundant double coat that is weatherproof. Regular brushing is needed to maintain
this beautiful coat, as well as keep it free of mats and tangles.
Neglecting this type of coat could turn into your
Personality and Traits
If you're looking for an ideal family pet, this breed would be an excellent choice.
He is charming, sociable, exuberant,
affectionate and playful. He is also very entertaining and responsive to people, while at the
same time he is an independent thinker - heck, he didn't get to be a world class herder
without being able to make decisions!
An owner does need to establish a strong leadership
role with this breed, otherwise he can become manipulative and dominant. On the plus side, a
dog this intelligent is very trainable.
One of the best ways to approach training with
a Beardie, or for that matter any dog who has a strong independent streak, is through praise.
Get the praise going with small stuff and go from there. They are very smart and given enough
praise, will really amaze you with what they can learn.
Be forewarned, Bearded Collies need a considerable amount of exercise. They are naturally active dogs.
In addition to the miniumum daily walk, an opportunity to run off leash would be ideal. A big back yard for play
times would serve them well and be enjoyed.
Does best in home with a good size yard. This breed loves the outdoors, no matter what the
weather. Remember they thrived in Scotland!
He is very adaptable to sleeping in an outside doghouse if that is your choice.
The Beardie With Children
A herding breed has the innate instinct to round them up and go after the ones that get out
of line! So the Bearded Collie is probably better off with older children who can respect his
As with any breed of dog, it pays to err on the side of smart and have an adult
around when pets and children are interacting.
Senior Or Sedentary Families
While this collie does very well with almost everyone, elderly owners or sedentary families, need to take into
consideration the exercise needs which are very important and have to be maintained.
The ideal is to have a yard or large fenced play area available, plus someone available for daily walks.
Bearded Collie Book Recommendations
An up-to-date reference guide including expert information on
selecting a puppy, behavior and health concerns, positive-training methods, socialization
and avoiding puppy problems, house-training, obedience, and comprehensive healthcare.
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to
Natural Health For Dogs And Cats
A highly recommended resource for every pet owner!
Read This Excellent Book
In Paperback Or
Resource: The Bearded Collie Club of the US
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