The Bearded Collie has been likened to a canine unicorn, a living breathing, whimsical fairy-tale creature.”
“Social dogs, Beardies are never happier than when in the midst of things. Yet, after a rowdy play session, they’re content to lie at your feet…’
Chris Walcowicz – ‘The Perfect Match’
What kind of temperament does the Bearded Collie have?
Personality: The Beardie is without a doubt one of the canine worlds’ biggest clowns and many seem to think they have pogo sticks in their legs, or at the very least were crossed with a grass hopper. Their bounce and charm are addictive and they are always joyous and affectionate.
A Playful personality and a tad cheeky, their tails are always wagging, they have a lovely sense of humour which, combined with their high energy levels make for some pretty funny episodes. Male Beardie temperaments tend to be more outgoing and bold, while females are calmer and more submissive.
Is the Bearded Collie an athlete or a couch potato?
Definitely an athlete : Beardie’s need LOTS of exercise! and this does not mean just running around the backyard. They need vigorous exercise every day and at a minimum should get an hour of rigorous (romping) exercise at least three or four times a week.
Beardies have no end to their energy both indoors and out. If left to their own devices, they will make up their own games to play and chew on whatever they can find or just jump the fence and take off.
Outside they will entertain themselves by digging holes. The goal is to stimulate both the mind and the body of your Beardie, to engage his limitless curiosity and high intelligence rather then allow him to develop bad habits.
Beardies are not ideally suited for apartment living or areas that restricts their ability to run and romp.
How well does The Bearded Collie get on with everyone else?
Children: The Bearded Collie’ temperament means they are very fond of children, this is a real family centred dog and a perfect playmate for children but may be too enthusiastic for toddlers. There are of course other great dog breeds for children that are worth considering.
Other Animals: This breed does well with other animals particularly if they were raised with them. Some can be bossy about possessions and hoard the toys in their den. Also being herding dogs, they will chase other animals if the chance presents itself.
Strangers: They love everyone! If you want a guard dog then look elsewhere. Bearded Collies are about as much use as a chocolate coffeepot when it comes to protecting hearth and home.
They will bark because they think the burglar has come to play with them, then they‘ll helpfully hold the door while the house is being cleared out and tell the burglars where all the best stuff is hidden, before hopping in the car to be stolen themselves.
What are the main health concerns that Bearded Collie owners should look out for?
Health: Generally quite a hardy breed, the Beardie does have some special medical conditions to be aware of: cataracts, hypothyroidism, Addison’s disease and Von Willebrands disease.
How easy is it to look after and care for your Bearded Collie?
Grooming:You need only look at the Bearded Collie pictures on this page to see that Beardies need lots of grooming. Either you will have to learn to groom like a pro, have them groomed by a pro, or clip all that shaggy hair short.
Grooming can take an average of one and a half to two hours or more per week and If you don’t maintain the grooming you will end up with a matted mess that can lead to skin and other health problems.
Long hair also means things you’d rather not have in the house being brought in with your Beardie; Leaves, sticks, mud and other grottiness your dog has either rolled in or rubbed up against, not to mention any crawlies that took a fancy to being buried in your dog’s coat.
Shedding: Heavy shedders but if groomed properly and regularly their shedding can be kept to a minimum.
The absolute worst time for shedding is when they lose the puppy coat (between 9 –
Training: Beardies are very strong willed so training needs to begin as early as possible and you will need to be persistant. These dogs are very busy and need a job, if you dont give them a job, they will find a job and its a certainty that you will not like the job that they find to do
What kind of person gets on best with a Beardie?
Ideal Bearded Collie owner’s are: Energetic, patient and gentle enough to give this playful beastie the exercise and grooming he requires. Not for being stuck in a backyard, fastidious perfectionist types, unrelenting obedience, groomo-
Bearded Collie Breed History
The Bearded Collie or “Beardy” is believed to date back to the 1700’s though hard evidence of the breed cannot be found until the following century’. Originating in Scotland, Bearded Collies were tireless herders of sheep and drovers of cattle operating in the rough terrain and cold mists of the Scottish Highlands.
After world War 1 They were very highly valued by their Highland communities which proved difficult for outsiders to acquire them. Eventually some breeders interested in showing Beardies were able to bring some dogs to England, and then to America. They were recognized by the AKC in 1977
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