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Living With A Beardie

It is safe to say that once discovered, most owners will never be without a Beardie in their lives; their characteristics are almost human like and their intuition and uncanny. Indeed, sometimes, they really do know best! Notwithstanding this, they are not for everyone and it is advised that a prospective new owner consider the following:

Answer the following questions before you consider a Beardie:  

  • Am I prepared to have muddy feet through unrestricted areas of my house?
  • Do I want an indoor dog that will be intergrated as a family member?
  • Am I prepared to take a Beardie for basic obedience training and ensure that he is stimulated with regular exercise and play? 
  • Am I prepared for at least 1 hour a week of grooming, or at the very least a 10 minute a day tidy up? The breed is not low maintenance. The coat changes continually in both colour and texture up until about 3 and age determines the time needed to invest in grooming to ensure that the coat remains matt free. A Beardie should not be shaved to the skin at any age; the coat has a purpose, insulating the skin against harsh temperatures.

Buyer Guide To The Bearded Collie

Place of Origin: Scotland

Function: Sheepdog and drover of cattle

Availability: Not readily, a waiting period is generally required

Average Life Span: 13 years

Guard Dog: No, but will give a good bark

Family Dog: Yes

Other Pets: Generally very good

Grooming: High maintenance

Shedding: Minimal

Exercise: Needs exercise and stimulation or will become bored

Outside Dog: Beardies enjoy daytime exercise and play but are happiest when they are with their owners so need to sleep indoors

Townhouse Dog: Not unless there are daily walks, exercise and stimulation

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia; autoimmune diseases; Collie Eye Analomy (CEA)

Character Sketch: Clowns with big hearts