The Bearded Collie is a lively medium-sized dog with a long coat. The body is trim and athletic. The long, double coat lightens as the dog ages, and keeps the dog comfortable in many weather conditions. It is sometimes confused with the Old English Sheepdog, but the Bearded Collie is from Scotland, is smaller, has more coat color varieties, and has a much longer lifespan.
The Bearded Collie is an old dog breed originating in Scotland and developed to herd sheep and cattle, with a long coat that protects the dog against adverse weather conditions. The breed is considered to be rare and is also known as the "Highland Collie," the "Highland Sheepdog" and the "Hairy Moved Collie." The name "Bearded" comes from the long hair that resembles a beard, and the name "Collie," which is the Scottish word for a herding dog.
The Bearded Collie is very playful and is a comic. They are intelligent and trainable, but have been bred to be independent thinkers, a necessary trait in handling livestock. This can make training a bit of a challenge, but if the trainer understands that play is a high motivator for this breed, they will find success. Beardies are slow to mature. Make sure that they are adequately exercised before leaving them alone to prevent unauthorized forms of self entertainment.
Breed Club Links: Bearded Collie Club of America
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Bearded Collie photo courtesy of Blake Handley.