The Bearded Collie, also known as a Beardie, is a herding breed of dog that was originally mostly used by Scottish shepherds, but is now predominantly a well liked household pet.
The Bearded Collie is a lively and charming droving dog from Scotland. They can be stubborn but are always friendly because they were raised to be autonomous decision-makers. Beardies have a double coat that is shaggy from head to tail. Beardies are angular and slender under their coats. The extravagant facial hair shouldn’t mask the dog’s distinctive look, which is a dreamy, distant glance. Bearded Collies who are well-mannered will get along well with kids and other animals.
Males measure 21 to 22 inches in height, while females measure 20 to 21 inches. The usual weight range is 45 to 55 pounds.
The Beardie is a hardy breed, with the average life expectancy being 12 to 14 years.
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Bearded Collies, originally known by names like the Highland Collie and Mountain Collie, made their living for centuries as hardy herding dogs in Scotland’s Highlands, where shepherds valued their ability to work long days in the country’s arid environment and rocky terrain. According to a tale, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog’s ancestors were abandoned on the Scottish coast and later crossed with local herding dogs to produce the Bearded Collie. Another version of this tale claims that Kazimierz Grabski, a Polish trader, sent six Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to Scotland in 1514 to exchange a grain cargo for sheep. To create the Bearded Collie, indigenous Scottish dogs and Polish sheepdogs were crossed.
The first litter of U.S. Beardies was born in 1967. The breed entered the AKC Stud Book 10 years later, and it was a charter member of the AKC Herding Group, formed in 1983.