Bearded Collie

Description

A shaggy coat with an extended amount of fur under its chin is how the Bearded Collie is usually characterized. The unique appearance of the breed is attributed to its breeding for both herding and show competition. Characteristics of physical prowess, which are typically associated with herding dogs are not apparent in the Beardie. Its body is longer than it is tall and medium in size. It has strong legs that are straight and completely covered with fur. The lengthy coat makes the facial features ambiguous, except for the large eyes that tend to be animated. Most of the time the ears lie loosely against the sides of the large head.

Temperament

The Bearded Collie is an easy-going breed that is a fun household pet. It will play games and entertain young children with its sometimes goofy antics. However, supervision is recommended when they are with younger children since its energetic tendency may cause them to accidentally cause harm. It loves attention and loves being in the company of family members. Early training is necessary to teach the stubborn Beardie, as it is often called, proper behavior. Some types may exhibit herding ways, including nipping the heels of people or other household pets.

Height and Weight

Male height: 20-22 inchesMale weight: 46-60 poundsFemale height: 20-21 inchesFemale weight: 45-55

Health Problems

There are no major health conditions associated with the Bearded Collie. Some types may develop hip dysplasia and cataracts. Its coat is thick and it can easily develop skin infections.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Bearded Collie is bred for outdoor farm living, but it can adapt to just about any environment. It needs both a large space for running around and close contact with its family. An ideal scenario is to place it in a large yard and plan daily family activities with it.

Exercise

Working Bearded Collies will obtain sufficient exercise. If it is kept indoors as a pet it will definitely need to get a major workout outdoors. It needs more than a short walk around the block. Jogs and long brisk walks are more in line with the Bearded ColliesтАЩ energy level.

Life Expectancy

An average of 12-14 years life expectancy

Litter Size

An average of 7 puppies

Grooming

The coat of the Bearded Collie requires regular attention since it can easily become tangled and matted. Tangles are easily removed with brushing and a little water. Depending on how close to the skin the fur is, it may be necessary to have a professional pet groomer shave it down. Brushing is normally necessary only a few times during the week. When the dogтАЩs coat is shedding, more brushing is recommended.

Origin

The Bearded Collie’s origin isn’t completely known.

Group

Herding

Color

The coat of the Bearded Collie is different in puppyhood and adulthood. At birth the coat is fawn, blue, brown, or black. White markings may or may not exist. As it reaches adulthood the coat color, with the exception of white, becomes lighter.