Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 18 – 27kg (40 – 60lbs).
Female – 18 – 27kg (40 – 60lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 53 – 56cm (21 – 22in).
Female – 51 – 53cm (20 – 21in).

Coat:
Double coat – flat, harsh, shaggy outer coat and soft, close under coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
6 – 8 puppies.

Bearded Collie Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
The Bearded Collie is something of a conundrum – they are great family pets but can be a handful to train.  Originally bred to herd and protect sheep, these Collies needed to be work without guidance and make independent decisions.  It is these traits which still exist today, making them both stubborn and responsive depending on their mood.  Despite this, the breed is generally responsive during training, especially if they can see it is of benefit to them.  You can do this by offering treats or showing that it pleases you, as they in turn like to please their owner.  What is essential when training a Bearded Collie is to never think you are done, as they can quickly undo all your hard work.

Despite these apparent Bearded Collie problems, these dogs are a fantastic pet.  They have a great personality and will always light up a room when they enter.  It is often said that this breed is never down and always has a cheerful demeanour.  The Beardie shares this with their family as they love to involved and around their owners.  In fact, if they are left alone for too long they will become easily bored; it is this that can make them unsuitable for people who leave their dog alone while at work.  However, if well exercised and stimulated, a Bearded Collie is still a viable option for many.

As the Bearded Collie is a former working dog, it comes as no surprise that they love to exercise.  Any outdoor activity you give your pet will be more than appreciated, especially long walks in the countryside.  Due to their history, this breed is happy in any weather and will stay by your side no matter how long you go on.  A downside to this may be the amount of grooming that is required afterwards.  Due to their profuse coat, these Collies need regular brushing to prevent any matting and this may be more pressing after a walk in the mud and rain.  What is especially important is to trim the coat away from the eyes, mouth and ears to prevent any Bearded Collie health issues occurring.

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