Get to know the Bearded Collie
All you need to know about the breed
The medium-sized Bearded Collie has bundles of energy, a friendly disposition and an intelligent, if sometimes determined, approach to life. Originally bred to herd sheep, they are industrious but certainly not averse to fun and often play canine class clown. No surprise that they’re a much loved dog, right, with all that personality?
If you can handle their size and enthusiastic personality, then you’re in for a real treat. With the right training, the Bearded Collie is fantastic with children, cats and dogs of all sizes. (Supervision is always necessary, due to their size and bounciness.) Bearded Collies are not generally dominant by nature but they may try to herd smaller household members up, which could be helpful at bedtime.
This loyal canine is often confused with his English doppelganger, the Old English Sheepdog, who actually weighs a bit more (but shhh!). Nonetheless, the Bearded Collie is a lot of dog. And all that time staying active outdoors means that their shaggy double coat attracts a lot of mud. So a willingness to play hairdresser on a daily basis is essential to keep your Bearded Collie clean and resplendent!
If you hadn’t already guessed it, the Bearded Collie is not the dog for everyone. They need someone who can keep up with them, both mentally and physically, and really don’t like to be left out of any family activity. Sound like you? You’ll be rewarded with heaps of canine affection and pleasure in return.
2 facts about Bearded Collies
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Bearded Collie