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Bearded Collie

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

Bearded Collies are known for their outgoing, friendly, playful, loving personality, and they also have a high herding drive. Could the Bearded Collie be your next dog?

A Bearded Collie was famously known for playing a character in the 2006 Walt Disney movie, The Shaggy Dog! This breed, which is considered rare in the United States, originated from Scotland and is considered one of Great Britain's oldest breeds. In 1967, the first litter was born in the U.S.

Herding Is Their First Desire

The Bearded Collie's working trait is herding. They thrive in an environment that is able to provide them with what they love. Therefore, rural living is the best scenario for this breed. However, when properly exercised, they do fine in a suburban neighborhood.

The Bearded Collie will need to be taught not to herd children or other small animals. This is a high energy breed, which will require two to three walks a day and would make an excellent hiking partner (don't forget to put a backpack on them). This breed is perfect for an active family that wants to include their dog.

LOVES Kids and Overly Playful

The Bearded Collie is the perfect family dog and are known for their wonderful temperament around children. Early socialization around children is important to help maintain the Bearded Collie's joyful personality around kids.

The Bearded Collie is extremely playful and rambunctious. Because they are a medium- to large-sized breed, they should be monitored around small children so that they don't accidentally knock them over.

Young at Heart

They are a very intelligent breed and can quickly learn commands. However, they are also known to be very immature in adulthood, making training challenging at times. Training should start as early as 8 weeks.

They are active, good-natured, and loyal, which are perfect attributes for families with children, but they are not made for apartment/condo living. They can be a bit on the barky side, so early training to keep this in check is extremely important.

The Bearded Collie needs mental and physical stimulation so that behavioral issues aren't developed due to boredom. If left untrained, unexercised, or unsocialized, the Bearded Collie can become neurotic, destructive, and out-of-control. Doggy Daycare is a great option to consider for this breed.

The Fu Manchu Has Nothing on This Beard

Guess how this breed got their name! With a long beard on their mouth and chin area, no wonder they are called the Bearded Collie! They are average shedders, and they need daily brushings, as well as professional grooming every 6-10 weeks. Their long mane is gorgeous but requires a lot of upkeep and is known to hide external parasites (ticks and fleas) that like to hitch rides. Therefore, daily skin checks may be required. Nail trimmings should be done every 8-12 weeks.

Health Concerns

The Bearded Collie has been known to develop some health issues, including cancer, cerebrovascular disease, kidney failure, Addison's disease, and Hip Dysplasia. Their average life span is approximately 12-14 years.

Adopt First

As you begin looking for a Bearded Collie, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!

References:

Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe

Dog Breed Info - Bearded Collie

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