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
Alleviate the Itchiness Without a Pill
Allergic dermatitis can cause severe itchiness (pruritis) in pets and can be a nuisance for owners. Pruritis can occur for many reasons, however, and it is important to rule out other options before concluding the diagnosis of allergies. The categories of rule outs are skin infections (bacterial, yeast, and dermatophytes), parasites (fleas, mites, lice), and then allergies ( flea allergy dermatitis, food allergy, and canine atopic dermatitis). The pruritic effect of atopic dermatitis is primarily mediated by molecules called cytokines, with the principle cytokine being interleukin- 31 (IL-31). IL-31 binds to receptors on cells which then causes an intracellular cascade of events, leading to pruritis. Cytopoint (lokivetmab) is an antibody that works by binding to IL-31 before it even reaches the receptors on the cells. Cytopoint is very effective and safe for dogs. It is convenient, especially for owners who do not want to “pill” their dog every day as it is an injection that can last for several weeks at a time. It can also be used for dogs under the age of 12 months, unlike a similar medication, Apoquel. It is also a great option for owners that are looking for a “non-drug” option..
From Melodie 443 days ago
Clicker train your dog to go on command!
The best uses for clicker training, when you are house training, are teaching your dog to do his business on command, and teaching him to alert you that he needs to go outside.
To teach a dog to eliminate on command, it's as simple as clicking when they begin to squat and rewarding them (calmly and quietly; dogs don't really like to be startled in the middle of doing that). When you get to where you can tell they are about to squat, you add the cue by saying "Potty" or "Bathroom" or whatever word you want to use right before they squat, then clicking and rewarding when they do it.
To teach a dog to alert you to his needs, you can hang a bell on the door. Click whenever he touches it and let him outside (in this case, the reward is opening the door).
Clicker training is great for so many things, including house training!.
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