The harsh, weatherproof coat requires vigilant brushing to prevent mats and tangles.
Active, outgoing and affectionate, the Beardie makes a wonderful family pet. Like most long-haired breeds, Bearded Collies require a commitment to grooming. They need a few minutes of brushing or combing every day. This breed also needs exercise, but will make a wonderful addition to many homes.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Bearded Collie is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
With long flowing double coats that do shed they will require daily to weekly brushing to prevent mats, so plan to spend a part of every day grooming your Bearded Collie. This breed has a heavy shed once a year so more frequent grooming during that period can be expected. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
These rambunctious comics with the sweet expression can be exasperating: Like other herders, bred to be independent decision-makers, they can be willful and stubborn. But mostly, for the right owners, Beardies are approximately 50 pounds of heart, energy, and laughter. Well-socialized Beardies will get on nicely with other animals and kids. Clever and high-spirited, they bore easily and training must be kept interesting. Outdoorsy families looking for a sturdy dog to share an up-tempo lifestyle will never find a more affectionate and amusing sidekick.
Bearded Collie &HEALTH
Some health issues include hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Bearded Collies are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Bearded Collie can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.