Bearded Collie

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Bearded Collie History

The Bearded Collie is a medium-size herding and livestock guardian dog that originated in Australia. The Bearded Collie is a medium sized, muscular, athletic working dog, with a long, dense coat and beard, and a long, thick, tapering tail. The Beardie has a confident, alert temperament and is highly intelligent and willing to work. The male is 63-70 cm tall, and weighs 46-55 kg. The female is 59-65 cm tall, and weighs 38-46 kg. It has been said that the females that exhibit less of the ‘masculine’ traits of the males, and therefore obtain a more ‘feminine’ look, are more sought after. The Hair Sheep is a primitive sheep with a primitive coat. Like its cousins the Merino and Lincoln, the Hair Sheep is descended from the strain of the Middle Eastern wild goat, the Bezoar. The Hair sheep has a longer, more wooly coat of fur than its cousin the Lincoln, and is adapted to living in harsher climates where the temperature can drop to -30°C. The Coat of the Hair Sheep is variable. Some can be 10-12 inches long and of a soft, fine texture, while others are long and coarse. The Longer Soft Coats are, in fact, the hair of goats. The hairy tails of the Hair Sheep are decorated with 12-18 inches of long, soft hair. The Bearded Collie

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Bearded Collie Physical Characteristics

The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized to larger-sized herding breed that typically stands between 18 and 22 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 45 and 90 pounds. They have a rather long, lean body and a flat, double-layered coat that can be either straight or curly. They have a curved muzzle and a slightly pendulous nose. The eyes of the bearded collie are hazel or amber colored and they have wide set ears. They are active, energetic, alert, and diligent.

Eye Colors

Blue, Brown

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 21 – 22 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 21 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 45 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 45 – 55 lbs

Bearded Collie Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Bearded Collie Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Pemphigus, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Corneal Dystrophy

Bearded Collie Temperament and Behaviour

The Bearded Collie is a sweet and quiet animal that is great for first-time dog owners. They are highly intelligent and are eager to please, which can be evidenced by their ability to learn new tricks. They enjoy being around people and are very sociable. They can even be trained as guide or therapy dogs.

Bearded Collie Activity Requirements

Bearded Collies are a herding dog that originated in Scotland. Today, they are popular pets known for their loyalty and intelligence. Bearded Collies do best in a home with a large yard where they can run and romp. They are a very high-energy dog that requires lots of exercise and mental stimulation. If you are looking for a highly active dog, the Bearded Collie may be right for you. They are happiest when they have a job to do, whether that is learning a new trick, playing with the kids, or training to be a service dog.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Bearded Collie is part of the Herding group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Bearded Collie is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Bearded Collie is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Bearded Collie is part of the Herding group.

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