Beardie Collie Training and Temperament
The exuberant Beardie is playful and lively with a constantly wagging tail. They are perfect children’s companions. The Beardie needs the company of people.
They are very trainable for many activities. Obedience training is a must as Beardies can be headstrong. As with all dogs, Beardie Collie training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
Resembles a smaller, thinner version of an Old English Sheepdog. Its arched eyebrows give it a quizzical expression.
The History Of The Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is also known as Beardie. They originated in Great Britain during the 1600's.
It is believed that Bearded Collies are descendants of Polish or Hungarian sheepdogs which were traded for Scottish sheep in the 1600's. These dogs were then crossed with Scottish stock and were unknown outside the area for centuries.
During the 1700's the Bearded Collies had become popular with both shepherds and the Scottish aristocracy.
Description Of The Bearded Collie
The tail is of medium length, low set and never altered. The hanging ears are not altered.
The breed averages 20 - 22 inches tall and weighs 40 - 60 pounds.
The Bearded Collie is a shaggy coated, medium sized, agile, herding dog. He is an ancestor of the Old English Sheepdog with an obvious family resemblance. The Beardie has a broad head and short muzzle. Its head and teeth are large, with wide set eyes. Ears lie close to the head and the tail is long and carried low.
Coat & Grooming
Daily brushing of the coat is important. Spray lightly with water before you begin. Tease out any matting and give extra attention when the dog is shedding. The coat can be professionally machine clipped every couple of months or so. Eyes, ears and paws should be checked daily. It is difficult to locate ticks in the thick undercoat, so make regular checks. This breed is an average shedder.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Bearded Collie is around 14-15 years.
Healthy overall but with a tendency to be fragile. Beware of hip dysplasia. Their dense coat may conceal external parasite infestation.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Bearded Collie is not really suited to apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and will be fine in an average-sized yard. Beardies can sleep outdoors and make excellent farm dogs. They are also suitable for windy, rugged or wet areas. They dislike being confined and should have a place to run off of its lead. The Beardie prefers to be outdoors.
This is an active dog that needs lots of free running exercise.
For More Information on the Bearded Collie
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A perfect children's pet.
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