Herding Group

The Bearded Collie Dog

300px-Bearded_Collie_600Quick Stats for the Bearded Collie Dog

  • Height (at the shoulders): 20 – 22 inches (51 – 56 cm)
  • Weight: 40 – 60 pounds (18 – 27 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: 13 – 15 years
  • AKC Group: Herding Group – AKC recognized in 1976
  • Shedding: average shedder
  • Living Conditions: not recommended for apartments; fairly active indoors; best with average sized yard

Personality of the Bearded Collie Dog

Bearded Collies are very playful, can be overly enthusiastic, and have high levels of energy. They are affectionate and love to be the center of attention, but tend to be quite independent. Extremely intelligent, they are great at obedience training as well as other activities such as agility competitions.

They are great family pets and just adore children. Although they may be a bit to rough for smaller kids.

History of the Bearded Collie Dog

The exact origin of the Bearded Collie, or Beardies as they are often called, is not known for certain. It is believed that the breed probably descended from one of two dog breeds – the Lowland Polish Sheepdog, or the Magyar Komondor.

As far back as the 18th Century, paintings and other artwork depicted dogs that closely resembled the Bearded Collie. However, actual evidence of the breed did not show up until sometime during the early 19th Century.

Bearded Collies were hard working dogs that were used to herd sheep and drive cattle across rough terrain. They appeared to be very tough and had high endurance during these long and hard journeys. In Scotland, they were known for being dependable and hard working for quite a long time. Then sometime after the Victorian era, they started to become more popular as a show dog.

After World War I, the Bearded Collie was once again favored for its great herding ability.  Eventually, breeders with an interest in the breed as show dogs, took them to England and America where the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976.

The Bearded Collie Dog Care and Grooming

The Bearded Collie can live outdoors in cool weather, and it can tolerate warm weather. They can actually sleep outdoors.

Since these dogs have such high energy levels they need sufficient amounts of daily exercise. A good jog or several long brisk walks should be fine. This breed would definitely enjoy the freedom of a safe enclosed are to play and run.

Grooming their long, shaggy coat is an important part of their care. To make it a little easier, mist their coat before you begin grooming. Pay special attention to any matted fur before it becomes a problem. Give them a bath only when necessary. Check them regularly for fleas and ticks, since these can be a problem for their thick undercoat. You can use a good flea comb.

These dogs are average shedders.

Health Problems of the Bearded Collie Dog

The average life expectancy of the Bearded Collie dog is about thirteen to fifteen years.

There are no major health concerns for this breed.

Minor health issues include:

  • Addison’s disease
  • CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia)
  • pemphigus
  • colonic disease
  • epilepsy
  • may be prone to external parasites