Bearded Collie

With shaggy coats and natural side parts, the Bearded Collie's beard is as hip as they come. They are lean, energetic dogs with a sweet nature and a love for human contact.

 

Other Names
Beardie
Country of Origin
Scotland
Colour
Black, brown, fawn, blue grey with some white markings as well. Puppies are normally born dark and begin to develop their adult colours around 9 to 18 months.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Beardies normally measure 51 - 56cms and weigh between 18 - 28kgs.
Health
Beardies are known to suffer from Hip Dysplasia and allergies, both of which should be discussed with the breeder before bringing a puppy home. They are also at risk of eye issues, Addison’s Disease and Eczema.
Life Span
15-17 years
Intelligence
If you can convince your Beardie that they want to do what they are being trained to do, you should have no problems. However, they are independent and intelligent and can easily become defiant. A gentle but consistent approach when training is best.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

In their puppy months this breed will need extra nutrition otherwise a normal diet can be followed. Overfeeding or over-supplementation can at times lead to bone issues.

 

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Beardies love to exercise and need it often. With very active personalities, afternoon games in the park are a must. They are known to enjoy agility, tracking and obedience classes.
Ailments
Beardies are known to suffer from Hip Dysplasia and allergies, both of which should be discussed with the breeder before bringing a puppy home. They are also at risk of eye issues, Addison’s Disease and Eczema.
Hair Shed
Heavy
Grooming

This furry friend needs a thorough grooming of their top and under coat at least once a week, preferably with a pin brush to prevent hair matting. During the early growth stage between 9–18 months the grooming will have to be increased to 2-3 times a week to cater for matting and moulting. Hair between toe pads will also need to be trimmed and ears cleaned regularly.

Grooming Frequency
At least once a week if not more often
Trimming
Occasionally between toe pads
Beardies call Scotland home. Developed from Old English Sheepdogs, Poland Lowland Sheepdogs and the Komondor, this breed is a sturdy mix. The breed was first shown in the ring at the Edinburgh show in 1897 and the Bearded Collie Club was later formed in 1955. Beardies began to become know worldwide from the 1960s and was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1976.


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