Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Beardie; Highland Collie; Mountain Collie; Hairy Mou'ed Collie
The Bearded Collie is an appealing herding group dog with lots of energy. One of the oldest breeds in Britain, they became wildly popular with the working class owing to their ability to work in Scottish conditions of mist, rain, and cold on a rocky terrain. The shaggy coat wasn't just beautiful. It actually served a practical purpose. Today, this energetic breed still makes an eye-catching show or competition dog, as well as a superb companion for the active family that likes to get outdoors.
Like the other collies, this dog possesses an exceptional intelligence and will be at its best if it can use its mind to interact with its people and/or get involved in worthwhile activities. A bored, neglected Bearded Collie could become timid or lose its bounce.
Appearance / health:
The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog, solidly built for its size. These dogs have a broad head, short muzzle, large nose, and large, expressive eyes. Also known as Beardies, they have an inquiring look on their face. Their brown eyes are set far apart. The body is covered with long hair. Their legs are short and straight while their feet are large and oval with padded feet.
The Bearded Collie is an average shedder. Though it sheds less than many other breeds, the long hair might be problematic. Hence, the dogs must be groomed thoroughly on a regular basis. It is important to brush the coat daily to remove dead hair. These dogs need to be checked for fleas. Their eyes, ears, and nose, must be examined regularly. Bathing and shampooing is done when necessary.
Bearded Collies need some exercise every day in the form of a short walk or jog. They are excellent companions for a trek, picnic, or a trip to a lake.
The Bearded Collie is a relatively healthy breed. However, few dogs may suffer from hip dysplasia, a condition marked by badly formed hips causing lameness. They can also suffer from thyroid problems, allergies, and some eye problems.
Behavior / temperament:
Bearded Collies have been bred for working abilities and companionship. Full of strength and agility, these dogs make excellent working dogs, especially as herders of animals. They love to please their owners. Bearded Collies are highly bold and intelligent with a mischievous streak in them. Some Collies are known to open drawers and boxes. Their energy levels are high, and they love to wrestle, jog, play games, or swim.
They may be difficult to train owing to their headstrong natures. Early training that is patient, consistent, and firm is necessary. They have a high learning rate. Negative training can be detrimental to the dog.
They bark often. Most bark when they see a stranger. Some may just bark because they are bored or want the owner's attention.
children, healthy dogs, sweetest, loyal guard dog, perfect temper, active family
regular grooming, Bathing, times weekly brushing, barking, dread locks
coat change color, naturally outdoors dog, great sleeping companions, herd sheep
The Bearded Collie
Aspen, a Bearded Collie, is probably the all around best dog that my wife and I have had. She was simply beautiful after she had been professionally groomed. Bearded Collies bounce as they jog so they have been called a Bouncing Beardie. Aspen and my wife were best of friends. They were almost inseparable. My wife would often take Aspen on hikes in the forest as we lived near a national forest. Aspen would always stay right with my wife even without a leash.
Aspen was very easy to train. As I stated above, my wife would often take Aspen for walks without a leash and she would stay right with her. We could also take her out into the yard while we did yard work and she would stay right there with us even if someone was walking by. Even if another dog came nearby she would stay right with us. She might have barked at them but she would not leave the yard.
The one downside to a Bearded Collie is that they require almost constant attention to their grooming. If they are not groomed on almost a daily basis they will get mats in their hair which are impossible to get out if left unattended. Also, bearded collies shed quite a bit. If you don’t like dog hair laying around then a Bearded Collie is not for you.
I believe that the Bearded Collie is an excellent family pet even though it appears they gravitate to one person in the family. Of course, this is probably due to the fact that that person is the one that feeds them and cares for them most of the time. I would highly recommend a Bearded Collie as a family pet..
From skingery314 Jan 22 2015 11:32AM
Important for every dog, extremly important for dogs with osteoarthritis
Best way to prevent, or at least prolong the time before your old dog becomes arthritic is to keep them lean and strong. This is also important for longevity and overall health, so it should be your main goal if you want to keep your dog alive and well for as long as possible. I can't stress the importance of keeping your dog fit and strong if it has osteoarthritis. If your dog is overweight joints have to bear more weight, and if it's muscles aren't strong joints bear even more weight then they should, which leads to increased friction and damage of the joints. If your dog is in perfect physical condition (body condition score 4-5 on 9 point scale) joints bear minimum amount of weight they have to, and if it's muscles, tendons and ligaments are strong they reduce weight bearing of the joints even more. This is important for overall health, as well as in cases of osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. So keep your dog fit and strong. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 126 days ago
amigo the dog
Amigo was a very challenging dog to own, both in a very small house and in a very large house. In the small house he would jump the fence often, and we had to keep building higher boundaries with chicken wires. He did not get along with cats and would chase them out of the house for days. He ran away often in the big house and was particularly challenging, because since he was a shepherd dog he would try to heard the cars in the neighborhood, like sheep. This became a dangerous hobby of his. He required extreme exercise, otherwise he would trash he house. He particularly liked eating designer shoes. He was sent to many trainers but would forget his training about two weeks after returning. However, he was the friendliest dog. He was GREAT with children. He hardly frightened any of them, even though he was quite large. He loved to be around people and engage in activities, whatever they may be. He was protective of children and never bit or barked at them. Overall, he was a great dog with a lot of upkeep. Probably better fit in an open and rural setting..
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