20-25 kg (approx)
10-14 years (approx)
Lean active dog with a bright enquiring expression is a distinctive feature of the breed. The Bearded Collie is born one of 4 colours, brown, fawn, black or blue, all of which can change in shade as the dog grows older. There may be white markings on the foreface, a blaze on the head, & a white tip on the tail. Some Beardies also have tan markings where the white joins the main colour.
The Bearded Collie, or “Beardie” as the breed is commonly known, is one of Britain’s oldest breeds. He originally came to prominence in Peebleshire, in Scotland, where he was highly prized for his sheep-herding and cattle droving ability. A lean active dog whose job required a hardy construction, intelligence, initiative, strength, stamina and speed, it remains to this day a very natural and unspoiled breed. The Beardie is nowadays primarily a much loved companion and pet, however we must not forget their working heritage. They should have the opportunity for good hard exercise. The Beardie enjoys obedience training and has done very well in Obedience Trials and Agility.
The Beardie should be alert, active and self confident. They enjoy the company of their family and love to socialise with other dogs. They are good with children and love meeting new people. Beardies can have a very bouncy personality
The Bearded Collie has a long, flat, harsh coat with a fluffy undercoat which will require brushing right through at least once a week; ears will need to have excess hair plucked from the ear canal and checked for grass seeds; feet will have to be checked daily if grass seeds are present, (between the toes and pads) as seeds will penetrate and cause nasty abscesses .