The Bearded Collie (nicknamed the “Beardie” or “Bouncing Beardie” and also called the “Highland Collie” or “Mountain Collie”) is a Scottish herding breed. They feature a distinctive shaggy coat which is usually black, brown, blue or fawn with white markings. Their extremely high level of energy that results in a characteristic “bounce” as well as their playful and devoted nature make the Bearded Collie a popular breed for owners or families looking for a dog to include in just about every activity they do.
Origins Of The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is known to have come from Scotland where they were bred for the intention of tirelessly herding sheep. They are said to have descended from Polish Lowland Sheepdogs that arrived in Scotland as items of trade during the early 1500s which were bred with local British herding breeds such as the Komondor.
Average Size Of The Bearded Collie
Bearded Collies are classed as a medium-sized dog. The suggested standard size for the Bearded Collie male is 21-22 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 50-60 pounds, whereas the recommended size for female Bearded Collies is 20-21 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 40-45 pounds.
Temperament Of The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is recognized for their lively, playful, energetic and devoted disposition as well as their “bounce”. They are generally accommodating with guests, which often means they are fairly unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Bearded Collie is also demonstrated to be quite intelligent – placing equal 34th in comparison with other dogs when taking into account their capability to be taught obedience directives.
They are known to be playful with children who they may try to herd without proper training – but even so they are often very suitable as a family pet. The Bearded Collie is usually quite companionable with other animals that they’re raised with.
Living Requirements Of The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie needs a large, well-fenced yard or even a farm to give them room to run around as well as prevent them from escaping, so they can be quite unsuitable for living in an apartment. They are built to withstand the cold and wet weather, but they are not entirely uncomfortable in warmer conditions either.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Bearded Collie
Similarly to many medium-sized dogs, the Bearded Collie is normally longer-lived with a life expectancy of 12-14 years. The main health problem for Bearded Collies is traditionally known to be cancer which is the leading cause of death after old age. They are also prone to conditions which include eye problems like cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), hypothyroidism, food allergies and concealed parasites due to the thickness of their coat.
Exercise Needs Of The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie enjoys pursuits like chasing after a frisbee or ball, taking part in agility, swimming, running alongside a bicycle and learning tricks. They have a very high level of energy and have a need for exercise every day in the form of long walks with occasional jogs to stop destructive behavior problems and keep them happy and healthy.