Bearded Collie: Bearded collie is medium-sized, hardy, agile, active, and a whirlwind of energy. They are good with children and family and can be trained very easily.
Bearded Collies make excellent pets for those willing to accommodate their high energy level and grooming requirements. Weekly brushing is mandatory for keeping their long hair mat-free. Some Bearded Collie owners opt to keep their pets in a “puppy cut” haircut, reducing (but does not eliminate) the need for brushing. Bearded Collies are an energetic breed originally intended to work in the Scottish Highlands herding sheep; they also excel at dog agility and Obedience trials.
It’s possible the Bearded Collie came from cross-breeding with the Polish Lowland Sheepdog. Some records show the dogs brought to Britain in the 15th and 16th centuries. Another view is that a Polish merchant, Kazimierz Grabski, in 1514 traded for some sheep and bought some Polish Lowland Sheepdogs to help with the sheep. The theory is that other sheepdogs got mixed in and eventually evolved into the Bearded Collie.
According to the American Kennel Club’s yearly breed ranking, the Bearded Collie ranks 117 out of 175 breeds in popularity in the United States. A Bearded Collie is best obtained from a reputable breeder or a dog rescue. Beardie rescue associations, such as Beardie Collie Rescue and “Rescue Me.” attempt to place unwanted puppies and dogs into appropriate, loving homes. Most Bearded Collie breeders take great care in breeding, raising, and placing their puppies.
The Bearded Collie is used to herd both sheep and cattle. It is essentially a working dog, bred to be hardy and reliable, standing up to the harshest conditions and the toughest sheep.
The working Bearded Collie has become less common in the last few decades and might have died out; however, thanks to the efforts of a few shepherds like Tom Muirhead and Peter Wood (and breeders like Brian Plummer), the “working Beardie” has survived and is becoming more popular.
The Bearded Collie was introduced as a pet in the United States in the the1950s. The United States the American Kennel Club reported the Bearded Collie as ranking 104 out of 155 breeds in popularity in the United States as shown in Wikipedia.
Grooming: The Bearded Collie dog breed is, as it would seem, high in maintenance. Daily grooming is needed. It is best to mist the coat area you are working on before starting, as this will help the hairs slide rather than be broken. Tease out mats before they get worse. Check the dog’s armpits and areas that are high wear formats as you work over their coat. Have your dog professionally machine clipped if you wish. Check ears and eyes daily and clean as needed.
Bearded Collie owners in the UK reported that the most common health issues among living dogs were musculoskeletal—mostly arthritis and cruciate ligament rupture (CLR)—gastrointestinal (primary colitis) diarrhea), and urologic diseases. Beardie owners in the US and Canada reported that the most common health problems were hypothyroidism, cancer, Addison’s disease, arthritis, and skin problems. Morbidity in the two studies is not easily compared. However, the UK report grouped diseases, while the USA/Canada report ranked more specific conditions.