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Bearded Collie

Bearded-Collie

A Boisterous & Joyful Herding Dog

Energetic, playful, vocal

Bearded Collies are responsive to training, easy to please, and intelligent, large dogs. This independent breed loves human companionship, and does well with children and small dogs but as herding dogs, they may try to herd smaller children when playing. They have a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with unfamiliar people or animals. Beardies make great companions for active individuals, singles, families with older children, and those who love the outdoors. This breed loves being outdoors and needs plenty of time to play and run outdoors every day.  

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:20-22 in. Weight:45-55 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Get used to carrying a towel around to keep their beard and paws dry. And that gorgeous coat doesn't brush itself. Keep the dog-safe sunscreen handy for their nose and ears.

Grooming: Plan on spending at least 15 minutes every day brushing out the coat. If you miss a day, double the time estimate for mat removal.

Dental: Bearded Collies generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Bearded Collies and the kids are like peanut butter and jelly. You’ll love watching them live up to the name, "Bouncing Beardies!"

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

  • Good with children, puppies, and smaller dogs

  • Eager to please and responsive to training

Negative Traits:

  • Needs to be brushed regularly to keep coat mat-free

  • Has a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with the unfamiliar

  • High likelihood of getting to know at least one veterinary specialist

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training



Whether you are considering adding a new Bearded Collie to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bearded Collie will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bearded Collie you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Bearded Collie could encounter:

  • Knee Ligament Tear

  • Autoimmune Skin Disease

  • Digestive Sensitivity

Bearded Collies are a dedicated and authoritative nanny. Their ancestors herded sheep on the Scottish Highlands, and they are happiest herding your flock of kids around. They tend to be a vibrant, happy, vigorously bouncy member of your family! That beautiful coat requires a serious commitment to grooming: by you daily, and by professionals monthly. Bearded Collies are vocal dogs, barking for happiness, doorbells, awakenings, arrivals, and just to pass the time. While they’re big barkers, Beardies don’t tend to be good watchdogs.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Bearded Collie shows signs of the following:

  • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Diarrhea

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

  • Care

    Routine Care: Get used to carrying a towel around to keep their beard and paws dry. And that gorgeous coat doesn't brush itself. Keep the dog-safe sunscreen handy for their nose and ears.

    Grooming: Plan on spending at least 15 minutes every day brushing out the coat. If you miss a day, double the time estimate for mat removal.

    Dental: Bearded Collies generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Bearded Collies and the kids are like peanut butter and jelly. You’ll love watching them live up to the name, "Bouncing Beardies!"

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

    • Good with children, puppies, and smaller dogs

    • Eager to please and responsive to training

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs to be brushed regularly to keep coat mat-free

    • Has a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with the unfamiliar

    • High likelihood of getting to know at least one veterinary specialist

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Bearded Collie to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bearded Collie will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bearded Collie you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Bearded Collie could encounter:

    • Knee Ligament Tear

    • Autoimmune Skin Disease

    • Digestive Sensitivity

  • History

    Bearded Collies are a dedicated and authoritative nanny. Their ancestors herded sheep on the Scottish Highlands, and they are happiest herding your flock of kids around. They tend to be a vibrant, happy, vigorously bouncy member of your family! That beautiful coat requires a serious commitment to grooming: by you daily, and by professionals monthly. Bearded Collies are vocal dogs, barking for happiness, doorbells, awakenings, arrivals, and just to pass the time. While they’re big barkers, Beardies don’t tend to be good watchdogs.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Bearded Collie shows signs of the following:

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Diarrhea

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

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