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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.
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.
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.