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Bearded Collie


Bearded Collie




The Bearded Collie was originally bred in Scotland as a sheep drover, although has also been utilised as a butcher's dog and a herder of dairy cattle.  Sadly the breed almost disappeared towards the end of World War 2 but was revived in later years by a small band of enthusiasts who carefully commenced re-breeding by using dogs found to be still prized as workers in their native home.



These dogs are not recommended as making good guard dogs, however they compensate for that by being affectionate, active, lively, alert and fantastic family pets.  They can become highly excitable when greeting and meeting a new person but will settle down.  Taking two to three years to mature you will have to be prepared for typical puppy activity during this time.



Height:   51-56cm  (20-22in)

Weight:   18-27kg  (40-60lb)

Group: Working Dogs

The Bearded Collie is a medium sized, shaggy dog, with a distinctive beard and a long, lean body covered with long coarse hair and a soft dense undercoat. Often mistaken for Old English Sheepdogs, they are smaller and thinner. As adults, they range in colour from black, grey, blue, brown to reddish fawn, with or without white markings. Puppies take about three years to develop a full coat, which usually lighten with maturity.



The adult Bearded Collie has a harsh, long coat which requires brushing for around 20 minutes to an hour once per week ensuring care is taken to remove all the tangles.  It is recommended that any matts be removed before bathing as the water will only make them worse and should only be bathed when dirty.  At times their feet and face may require extra attention more often than the rest of him. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.

Life Expectancy

12-15 Years


Health Concerns

The Bearded Collie is one of those breeds which is relatively free from inherited diseases. It is recommended to take extra care to keep their ears clean and free from hairs as they may be prone to infection if not checked regularly.



This breed is at its most happiest when given the ability to live indoors with the family, however as they tend to shed hair all year round, be prepared to be continually cleaning dog hair from the floors and furniture. Not recommended for apartment living unless the owner is very committed to exercising their dogs with long daily walks.   The Bearded Collie really requires a very devoted owner who will be prepared to spend the necessary time grooming and exercising their dog with long walks and ball games.  Not happy being left on their own for long periods of time, these sensitive dogs may become frustrated and entertain themselves by digging, barking or even jumping over high fences.

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Working Dogs: This group  includes more breeds than any other. These dogs were bred to do a variety of work from guarding, herding, pulling sleds and rescue for example. A few in this group include Border Collie, Boxer and Bullmastiff to mention a few.


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