Bearded Collie

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45-55 lbs
20-21"
Scotland
Mou’ed Collie, Mountain Collie, Highland Collie

Bearded Collies display shaggy hair and a sweet disposition and are independent, inquisitive, high energy and athletic. Each Bearded Collie differs in temperament, from laid back to lively. For the most part, Bearded Collies love to give kisses and wag their tails. Bearded Collies are smart and loyal with a loud bark who tend to be good with children (though they can be too active for small children). A medium sized dog at around 45 to 55 pounds, Bearded Collies have a strong, lean body with straight front legs and muscled hindquarters that are covered with shaggy hair. Bearded Collies enjoy being the center of attention along with spending time with their family. Overall, male Bearded Collies tend to be more outgoing than females.

Purpose
sheep herding
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
magyar komondor

Bearded Collie Health

Average Size
Height: 21-22 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Height: 20-21 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Pemphigus
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Follicular Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Bearded Collie Breed History

Most experts agree that the Bearded Collie is a descendant of the Magyar Komondor (lowland Polish sheepdog) of Central Europe. Documents confirm that two lowland Polish sheepdogs were brought to Scotland by Polish traders in 1514. Evidence of the breed is present in the early 1800’s in a published written description. A 1771 portrait of the Duke of Buccleuch includes one of the first known pictures of a Bearded Collie. The breed was able to herd sheep and drive off cattle for many miles in Scotland’s cold and rough terrain. The breed became popular as a show dog after the Victorian era. Two types of the Bearded Collie initially existed. The border, which displayed a brown and white slightly wavy coat and the highland, which had a gray and white coat. The two types were interbred and became one breed. The Bearded Collie was heading toward extinction by the early 20th century when Mrs. G.O. Willison, who was the owner of Bothkennar Kennels started to breed the Bearded Collie as a show dog. Mrs. Willison is considered to have saved the breed. She also started the Bearded Collie Club in Britain in 1955. In the late 1950’s the dog was brought to America, though none of the dogs were bred; the first litter was born in the United States in 1967, with the breed recognized by the American Kennel club in 1977. A successful and hard-working herder, the Bearded Collie is now popular as a show dog and competes in herding trials.

Bearded Collie Breed Appearance

The Bearded Collie has shaggy hair on its front legs and hindquarters that cover its powerful    muscled thighs. The feet of the breed are oval in shape with soles that have significant padding and arched toes. The dog’s head will be in proportion to the rest of his body with a full muzzle and a nose that is square in shape. Bearded Collies have large eyes that are the same tone as the coat, and arched brows help this breed appear affectionate. Medium sized ears hang loosely and are covered in long hair. Strong teeth come together in a scissors bite and dogs of the breed have a neck that is somewhat arched. Typically, Bearded Collies have a tail that is covered with hair that is set low in their body, curving upward at the end and often raised when active. The breed has a powerful gait.

Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Blue
Fawn
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bearded Collie Breed Maintenance

The Bearded Collie will shed regularly; brushing on a daily basis will help in reducing shedding as well as help keep the coat clean and soft. Brushing is also important to prevent the hair of a Bearded Collie from becoming matted; should you notice any mats developing you will want to brush them out prior to their become overwhelming.  A heavy shed can be expected once a year. It is recommended that the nails of a Bearded Collie be trimmed on a regular basis so that they do not become overgrown and start to crack. Having their ears checked on a regular basis is important to ensure that wax and debris don’t build up and lead to an infection. 

Brushes for Bearded Collie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Scissors
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bearded Collie Temperament

Bearded Collies are considered to be smart, athletic, playful and energetic, as well as obedient. The breed has a tendency to herd and in the majority of cases gets along well with other household pets. Bearded Collies are active and require daily exercise, to include long walks and intensive play. An average sized yard is recommended so that a dog of this breed can regularly run and play off of a leash. As dogs of this breed enjoy spending time with their family, he should not be left alone for long periods to time with nothing to do and should be allowed inside the house to spend time with his family. In general, male dogs tend to be more outgoing than female dogs.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bearded Collie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Bearded Collie Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 42 lbs

Top Bearded Collie Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Bearded Collie breeders of 2017.
Sebring Bearded Collies
Bakersfield, California
After Dark Beardies
Goodrich, Michigan
Ragtyme Beardies
Elizabeth, Colorado
Mik-Ren Kennels
Loveland, Colorado
Moonstone Beardies
Gainesville, Virginia
Travistar Bearded Collies
Mchenry, Illinois
Arlin Bearded Collies
Lake Villa, Illinois
Ragtyme
Elizabeth, Colorado
Tailwind Bearded Collies
Buckeye Lake, Ohio
Pawpaw Bearded Collies
Williamsville, New York

Bearded Collie Owner Experiences