Enthusiasm is the second name of this breed who lives life merrily and lightens up your day. Despite its hairy looks, this breed was a working dog equipped with great energy and swiftness that today can be invested in a variety of fun doggy sports.
This breed was selectively bred in Scotland for the purpose of herding sheep and cattle regardless of weather or terrain. They often worked alone making decisions on their own. When working in thick underbrush, this breed would bounce up to get a better view so they can locate the sheep and when dealing with stubborn sheep they’ll bark and bounce to encourage them to move. When dealing with a stubborn animal, they’ll bark and bounce on their forelegs.
We’re talking about one of the most ancient breeds of Britain, with a history that’s a bit obscure due to the fact that farmers back then didn’t keep records. There’s belief that a Polish merchant who visited Scotland back in the 1500s’ traded a shipment of grain for sheep so he took along his Polish lowland sheepdogs to move them. A Scottish shepherd was impressed by these dogs so he traded some sheep in exchange for the dogs.Throughout the years those sheepdogs bred with the local sheepdogs of that time giving life to what is known today as the bearded collie. The earliest portraits of dogs resembling bearded collies can be seen in paintings by Gainsborough and Reynolds. The first beardies was seen in the USA in the late 1950s. AKC accepted the breed in 1977 and today they’re registered under the herding group.
This is an exuberant, active dog that loves life and want to live it at the fullest. This happy-go-lucky breed is always happily bouncing around with a wagging tail. His bubbly personalty makes him a joy to live with. However, they come with their own little different personalities with some being more exuberant, and others being more on the quieter side. These dogs love to jump into your face to greet you, but make sure to curb this behavior early or he’ll want to lick the faces of all your guests.
The Ideal Household
The beardie is not a breed for everyone. These are very intelligent, sometimes even stubborn dogs that need an owner willing to keep up with the high energy and this breed’s grooming needs. Expect cleaning up puddles as well as every time this dog drinks, it’s beard will create messes. If you’re a fastidious housekeeper, this breed may not be for you. The ideal owner is also willing to spend time with his beardie; left alone and bored, a beardie will become destructive. Give him at least an hour of exercise a day and lots of mental stimulation during those idle times of the day.
With children, this active breed enjoys romping around with them, but at times they can be quite boisterous and rough, something to consider especially if you have young kids. Always supervise all interaction between children and dogs. These dogs may get along well with other pets from a young age, but they may like to chase the neighbor cat. Beardies in general enjoy the company of other dogs regardless of their size. They can be possessive at times over toys.
These dogs do best in a home with a nice fenced yard and some acreage, but they don’t like to be confined there alone for periods of time. These dogs make good watch dogs, alerting you about anything unusual, but their barks are more often than not, welcoming barks. However, they may engage in nuisance barking either to get attention or because they feel bored. Make sure you have a sturdy fence; bored beardies will try to escape out!
This breed can be confused with the old English sheep dog. One big difference is the tail, bearded collies have tails. For a good reason they’re called beardies; these dogs are shaggy and have a beard. These dogs stand between 21 and 22 inches and weigh between 45 to 55 pounds. To endure in the Scottish weather, this breed has a medium-length coat that has a warm, soft undercoat and a harsh, shaggy top coat. The coat falls naturally to either side.The most distinctive facial feature is the long hair protruding from the cheeks, lower lips, and chin. While puppies are born with as black, blue, brown, or fawn coats, some specimens have a gene that causes the coat to fade as the dog grows.
Simply looking at this dog gives you an idea of what to expect in the grooming department. As lovers of this breed claim, be prepared to deal with Shaggy dog syndrome. You’ll do lots of brushing, wiping paws from mud and cleaning after them after they eat and drink. And yes, grooming often includes cleaning fecal matter off those long hairs by his rump. Commit to routine daily brushing weekly brushing sessions to keep the coat flowing and free of mats and stray hairs.. On average, this breed will shed a lot for two-to-four weeks. Brushing more during this time will reduce the amount of stray hairs around the house.
This breed is active, but also has a stubborn, independent streak. You’ll have greater success by using positive-based techniques than harsh methods. Make sure you make training fun and upbeat. This versatile breed will be happy to engage in any doggy sport from agility to rally obedience. Start training and socialization from an early age to get a good head-start. Make sure you curb jumping and face licking before it becomes an ingrained habit. Also, consider providing alternate outlets to the well-known chasing and nipping at things that move as seen in many herders. Make sure you get this breed conditioned to love being groomed from an early age.
These dogs are generally healthy, but may be prone to some conditions such as Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, cruciate ligament rupture, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Persistent Pupillary Membrane snd Addison’s disease. The average lifespan ranges between 12 to 14 years. As with other collies, this breed may be sensitive to heartworm medication.
Where to find one:
This breed is not very common, so expect to be put on waiting lists and breeders may be asking a hefty price.
Bearded Collie Club of America Rescue
B.O.N.E. Bearded Collie Rescue
Northern California Bearded Collie Fanciers
National Capitol Bearded Collie Club
Bearded Collie Club of Central Florida
Chicagoland Bearded Collie Club Rescue
Great Lakes Bearded Collie Club Rescue
Carolinas Bearded Collie Club Rescue
Texas Beardie Rescue
Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc.
You may never stumbled upon a bearded collie yet, but you sure must have seen them on TV.
The Brady Bunch feature a bearded collie that went by the name of Tiger
Facts: this breed is known for its “Beardie Bounce”
The role of Nana in Peter Pan was played by a bearded collie.