Bearded Collie

Dog Breed Profile
Bearded Collie

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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Moderately easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• High grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• High tolerance to cold


The Bearded Collie is known for its beautiful long fur and friendly personality, making it a great family pet but also a popular competitor as a show dog. Like many herding breeds, this dog is friendly and very playful, and often tries to herd children.

Once trained, they make wonderful companions, and require regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy. They are also known for their inquisitive nature and sense of humor, and prefer to be socialized within the family as opposed to being left to live outdoors.

Their name describes them perfectly, as this breed’s happy and playful face is framed with a long and soft furry beard.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors, even though they can handle the temperature
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include cardiac, hip dysplasia and eye issues
  • Grooming needs include every-other-day brushing.
  • Became a registered AKD breed in 1977
  • The Bearded Collie is a friendly, loving animal that can be easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 45 to 55lbs and 21 to 22 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 45 to 55lbs and 20 to 21 inches tall

Care & Health:

Bearded Collies make great pets, but they require regular exercise, whether it is a long walk every day or a good, long play in the backyard. They may have coats that are suited to the outdoors, but their loving and friendly nature makes them happiest when they can be an everyday member of the family.

They need to be brushed every-other-day to keep their long coats clean and free of tangles.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–CHD (Canine Hip Displasia), epilepsy, colonic disease, pemphigus and occasionally aortic stenosis, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), vWD (Von Willebrand Disease), PPM (Persistent Pupillary Membranes)

Test for:

– cardiac, hips and eyes

Life Span:

– 12 to 14 years

Breed History:

It’s thought that the Bearded Collie was brought to Scotland in the 1500s, but there is no real documentation of the breed before the 1800s. These dogs were used for herding sheep, and they were very effective in working in rough terrain and for long distances.

In the 19th century they became very popular as show dogs. Their friendly expressions and good nature made them increasingly popular as pets as well. Today this breed is still used as a sheep herding dog, but nowhere near as much as throughout its history. They are a prized show dog in today’s society and make wonderful pets throughout various parts of the world.

  • Family history is livestock and herding
  • Originally from Scotland
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was herding sheep
  • Today they are used for herding trials and pets