The Bearded Collie is medium-sized breed with a long coat. Intelligent, easy to train and vivacious; it also gets on well with children.
The Bearded Collie originated in Scotland, and its appearance dates back around the 16th century. For a long time it has been known in Scotland and the north of England, where it was bred to shepherd. About five hundred years ago, these dogs were also said to be the predecessors of Polish lowland Sheepdog and had been abandoned on the coast of Scotland, and then crossed with native sheepdogs. Even though it is similar to the Polish Lowland, the Bearded Collie, as we currently know it, is mostly due to G. Olive Willison, who in the decade of 1940 acquired a Canario puppy named Jeannie. After searching he found a companion for Jeannie, a dog named Bailey, and his kennel Bothkennar molded what is today the Bearded Collie.
Height bitch: 51~53 cm / Height male: 53~56 cm
Weight bitch: 18~27 kg / Weight male: 18~27 kg
The bearded Collie has a nice and pleasant appearance; it shows no signs of anxiety or aggressiveness.
It is medium-sized; the height to the withers is 51/53 cm. in the case of females, and 53/56 cm. for males. It must be robust without being heavy; its adult weight ranges between 20 and 25 kg.
It is a sheepdog, and as such, it can perfectly live outdoors but sometimes it may prefer to stay calm and rest in the comfort of its home.
The bearded Collie is a self-confident dog which does not doubt about its charm and knows how to use it very well when he wants to be forgiven for any mischief it has done. It’s affectionate, quiet, funny and intelligent. Since puppy, it knows how to be clean and is very responsive when it comes to learning. Masters should prevent the dogs from getting bad manners, because as they have very good memory, then it would be hard for them to understand why you want to correct them.
It is not made to be a watchdog, it does not show aggressiveness with strangers. It is an ideal companion dog which looks for a friendship with its owner.
They are special with children as they bring out their sheepdog instinct; they will treat them carefully and seek, besides playing, protect them from any danger.
It is recommended to comb and brush the dog’s coat once or twice a week to remove dead hair and prevent it from getting tangled. While they are puppies is the age when these dogs most like to exercise, and it is suggested for them to be in a garden. If the dog goes for a walk in the field, his long, furry ears may accumulate dirt. After such an excursion they would have to be checked deeply.
The life expectancy of a Bearded Collie is from 12 to 13 years old and they always seem younger than they really are since they are usually quite active.
It is a breed which does not have characteristic or typical diseases of it, but in some cases it may appear the hip dysplasia, as in any breed. It is recommended for breeding to do it with specimens that do not have this condition to keep the disease controlled and reduced to the minimum expression.
You can download the FCI (International Cinological Federation) standard at the following link: http://www.fci.be/Nomenclature/Standards/271g01-en.pdf