Bearded Collie​ - Medium Sized Dogs

Bearded Collie

Breed Group: Herding Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: Scotland

Height: 21”-22” (male) 20”-21” (female)

Weight: 45-55 lbs

Color: Black, Blue, Brown, Fawn with or without White markings, White & tan markings

Lifespan12-14 years

Temperament: Loving, energetic, independent, protective



Bearded Collies are the embodiment of love and friendship. These exuberant pups will steal your heart and guard it all the days of their lives. They have boundless energy that when paired with the right family, who can keep up with their grooming, can be an excellent match. Beardies were bred to be independent thinkers out in the field, so training these adorable pups can be a challenge but certainly worth it.

Beardies’ coat colors are almost impossible to predict as they are born dark, then lighten, then darken and may continue to darken for several years.

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Bearded collies have graced the silver screen in “First Kid”, “Hotel of Dogs”, “Flight of the Navigator” and a 2005 “Lassie” remake. Can I have your pawtograph, please?


Beardies are generally healthy pups. Some health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, pemphigus, epilepsy, corneal dystrophy, follicular dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, Addison’s disease.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Brushing your adult dog once a week will greatly help minimize the hair that can accumulate around your home. Regular grooming also helps remove any tangles and matts that can cause skin irritation or hair loss. Spritz your dog’s hair with water or detangler before you begin brushing. Once a year your Beardie will shed more aggressively, daily brushing will help to contain the hair. 

When your pup is between 9-18 months old, he will lose his puppy coat and his adult coat will grow in. This period of growth sees a lot of matting and tangling. Daily or every other day brushing is recommended to help the new coat come in properly. It is common to introduce grooming to your pup with sessions that are only a few minutes long in the beginning. As they age, they will acclimate to the process.

Trim your pup’s nails regularly. Keep his eyes and ears clean and clear of debris. Brush his teeth several times per week.


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Plan on spending between 1-2 hours in activity with your pup. Like all herding dogs, they need room to roam. They enjoy brisk walks, runs, hikes, bike rides, games of fetch. Beardies just love to be outside, so anything in the great outdoors will keep your pup happy.


Your full-sized Beardie will eat around 2.5 cups of food per day. The exact amount of food your dog will need will vary depending on age and activity level.


We’ve taken a look at some premium dog foods, high in nutrition here.

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As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other dogs is essential. Beardies were bred to be independent thinkers able to solve problems that arose in large herding fields. They are incredibly smart and can get bored if training is too repetitive. They respond best to positive reinforcement training that is kept fresh and mentally stimulating. Having lots of treats on hand will give you the easiest results.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.

Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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