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Breed Profile: Bearded Collie

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Herding

History:

The Bearded Collie is one of Britain's oldest dog breeds and has also been called the Highland Collie, the Mountain Collie, or the Hairy Mou'ed Collie. Most likely a descendant of the Poland Lowland Sheepdog and the Komondor, the Bearded Collie was developed in Scotland as a herding dog.

The Bearded Collie arrived in the United States towards the late 1950s, but breeding in the US did not actually happen until the late 60s. Soon after, the Bearded Collie Club of America was formed. The breed was admitted into the AKC herding group in 1983.

Size:

Weight: 45 to 55 pounds
Height: 20 to 22 inches at the shoulder

Colors:

Black, blue, tan or fawn (all with or without white markings)

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

About the Breed:

The Bearded Collie, affectionately called the Beardie, is a medium-sized herding dog. Energetic, playful and often goofy, Beardies are easy to get along with and make excellent family companions. The breed is also still used for herding today, and is considered a hard worker and independent thinker.

The Beardie's medium-long shaggy coat and long facial hair are some memorable features of this breed. A commitment to routine grooming is absolutely essential for this breed. Extra care must be taken to prevent matting of the coat. Expect to groom your Bearded on a weekly basis, spending 30 to 60 minutes at a time. Fortunately, shedding is minimal with proper grooming (with the exception of the one-time shedding of the puppy coat, which lasts two to three months and starts between the ages of 9-18 months).

The Beardie is an active but not hyper dog that requires an average amount of daily exercise. A fenced-in yard is beneficial, but play sessions and walks are still very important. As with any breed, training is essential. Beardies are independent thinkers and can be stubborn, so consistency is key.

If you are looking for a lovable, loyal and affectionate dog breed that is full of life, and you don't mind the extra coat attention, the Bearded Collie might be right for you. Its medium size makes the breed a great option for many types of households. Beardies typically get along beautifully with children and can make excellent family dogs with proper training and socialization. In fact, Beardies are dogs that bond very closely with their families and should be treated as family members.

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