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