The Bearded Collie is a well-known working dog in Scotland. Also called Beardie, the Bearded Collie is mostly recognized by its long, beard-like fur.
The breed’s long double coat make it an ideal working dog as it is more resistant to Scotland’s cold weather and harsh terrain. But today, the breed has become more popular as a family pet. Do you think this long-haired fur ball has the traits you want in a companion? Find out more in this post.
Bearded Collie Dogs and Puppies
What is a Bearded Collie?
The Bearded Collie is known to be agile and athletic, and it does well in dog shows and dog sports. See if this sweet, energetic, and carefree breed suits to what you’re looking for in a pet.
Where does the Bearded Collie come from?
Beardie-type dogs are considered one of the oldest breeds in Britain. For centuries, they worked for farmers as herding dogs to both sheep and cattle. Although the Beardie-type dogs have existed for quite some time, how they came to be the Bearded Collies they are today is a bit obscure.
It is believed Bearded Collies came from a mix between the Polish Lowland Sheepdog and the local sheepdogs in Scotland. In the 1500s, a Polish merchant came to Scotland along with a few pairs of the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. He traded a pair of his dogs for sheep. This pair may have bred with the local sheepdogs; hence, the development of the Bearded Collie.
The Bearded Collie Club in Britain was established in the mid-1900s, and since then, the breed has become more popular. In the 1960s, the Bearded Collie was bred in the U.S.
What does a Bearded Collie look like?
Bearded Collies are called ‘bearded’ for a reason. They have long hair under their chins, lips, and cheeks. Their long fur protects them from more extreme weathers.
They actually have a double coat. The outer coat is long, harsh, and shaggy, which helps in repelling rain and snow. Meanwhile, the inner coat is short, soft, and fluffy. Their hair is generally straight, maybe a little wavy but not curly, and falls to either side of their body. It comes in these colors: black, blue, fawn, and brown, with a bit of white, or a tri-color pattern.
As puppies, they’re born with darker colors. The intensity of the color fades as they grow older—it changes a few more times until it settles to a final color when the Beardies are a year old. There are some that don’t have the fading gene, and the colors they’re born with stay the same until they’re adults.
Beardies are mid-sized, weighing about 18 to 27 kg, and standing 10 inches tall at the shoulder.
What are Bearded Collies like?
Bearded Collies have a positive and happy-go-lucky temperament. They can be bouncy when they’re cheerful. They’re generally sociable and can get along with other people and pets. Because they’re playful and highly energetic, they can be good playmates for children.
Beardies are smart and independent and have the tendency to be willful when trained. Because they’re energetic and love to be outdoors, they require long and regular exercise outside their owners’ homes. If they can’t vent their energy, they have the tendency to be destructive. They also have the potential to compete in dog sports because of their good agility skills and enthusiasm.
They’re good barkers, and would often use barking to get your attention. However, this doesn’t mean they make excellent watchdogs.
Do Bearded Collies like to swim?
Beardies are generally playful. Each dog has different ‘personalities’—others may like swimming, some don’t. There are many Bearded Collies that like to swim, while others simply splash around and play in the water.
Does a Bearded Collie shed?
Yes, Bearded Collies shed. In fact, they have a shedding season. In a year, they shed heavily (more than usual) for two to four weeks.
They need to be groomed often because of their coat. When they reach adulthood, owners can brush their Beardies’ hair at least once a week, for thirty minutes to an hour. But as puppies, they need to have their hair brushed two to three times in a week.
To reduce the need for brushing, some owners choose to have a puppy cut hairstyle for their Beardies.
How can you groom a Bearded Collie?
Owners must have a pin brush or bristle brush to effectively brush away mats and tangles from Bearded Collies. Before brushing their hair, it needs to be sprayed with a conditioning mist. All areas must be brushed, so it’s better if owners spend a specific time for each part of the body.
Basically, the aim is to remove tangles. Once there are no more major tangles, the next thing to be done is to make sure the hair does run smoothly.
For detailed tips on Bearded Collie Grooming, check out these two videos:
How much are Bearded Collie Puppies?
According to the Bearded Collie Club of America, Beardie puppies cost around $1500 – $2500.
Prices vary, depending on the breeder, and on the buyers’ location.
Where can you buy Bearded Collies?
Before buying a Bearded Collie, or any other breed for that matter, prospect owners must do tons of research to ensure the line of their breed is healthy. You can start looking here.
Want to know more about Bearded Collies? Watch this video from Animal Planet:
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