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Bearded Collie


General Information - Bearded Collie


Group:
Working

Size:
Large

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
High

Grooming:
High

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
Low

Protection Ability:
Low

Area of Origin:
Scotland

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
None

Original Function:
Sheep herding




History

A true working dog, the Bearded Collie traces its roots back to 16th Century Scotland. The Captain of a Polish ship arrived in Scotland to buy sheep; a local shepherd, impressed with the Captain's Polish Lowland Shepherds, offered two ewes and a ram in exchange for one male and two female dogs. These three dogs were crossed with the local Highland Collies and the result was the present-day Beardie. However, because the owners of the Bearded Collies were more concerned with the breed's ability to work and herd, the dogs were rarely shown. It wasn't until 1912 that a breed club was formed and it wasn't until 1944 that the breed was officially recognised in England. The Beardie was first introduced into New Zealand in 1972 by Mrs. Elizabeth McConnell. Because the Beardie is such an active dog, it prefers its family to be an active, outdoors one.

Temperament

Described as exuberant, happy go lucky and affectionate, the Bearded Collie is a natural herder and sometimes a barker, but they do not make good watchdogs. Beardies should not be left alone with nothing to do. Male Beardies are more outgoing than females.

Upkeep

This active dog needs a good jog, a very long walk or a vigorous play session every day. It especially enjoys herding. The Beardie can live outside in cool climates, but it is happier when allowed access to the house with its family. Its long coat needs brushing or combing every other day.