Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs. Life Span: 12-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Good With Kids: Yes
Exercise Needs: Moderate
The bearded collie probably originated in Scotland and northern England in the 16th century. Originally used for herding sheep, it has become increasingly popular as a family pet. The Old English sheepdog and the Border collie are both descendants of the bearded collie. Bearded collies are loving, affectionate, eager to please, and do well in obedience classes. They enjoy being around people, including children (whom they may try to herd) and other animals. They may bark when visitors arrive but are not known for protecting property. Beardies can live happily in rural, urban, and suburban settings as long as they get enough exercise, playtime, and mental stimulation. The bearded collie’s outer coat is medium-length, straight, and harsh in texture; the undercoat is soft. Coat color is black, blue, brown, or fawn with white markings. The bearded collie needs to be brushed and combed at least once a week to avoid matting. This playful, energetic dog needs long, vigorous walks and daily playtime.