The Bearded Collie has a long and shaggy outer coat with a soft and furry undercoat. This coat naturally parts to the side and reaches down the lengths of its feet. The long hair on their cheeks, lower lip, and chin form the beard for which they are known and named for. Bearded Collies are enthusiastic, active, and eager which should begin to give you an idea of what their bright personalities are like. Strangers will often be greeted excitedly with lots of barking and jumping which may be slightly overwhelming for them. Beardies are quite entertaining to watch and will happily bounce through life with a wagging tail and upbeat attitude.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Beardie owners must enjoy brushing long hair and be willing to deal with a beard of hair that drips water and food. Additionally, their hairy feet often collect mud and debris during outdoor activity. They live long lives with lots of outdoor play and exercise. These dogs are not suited to apartment living as they require a yard to run and release their energy. Obedience training is a must in order to introduce discipline into their lives. They are excellent with children although due to their exuberance, small children should always be monitored with them.
Common Health Issues
Bearded Collies are prone to: Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Persistent Pupillary Membrane.