The Bearded Collie, also known as the Bearide, is an herding dog widely known for its stamina and intelligance. It is characterized by its shaggy coat all over (even under the chin, thus its name), broad head, short muzzle and its wagging tail that never flags. This breed is very agile and active, but is not massive, and is considered a robust, healthy dog.
The beardie has a double coat, with its undercoat furry, soft and close and the outercoat being weatherproof, harsh and shaggy. The density and length of their coat is sufficient enough to enhance their shape and to provide protective coating, but not profuse enough to obscure its natural lines.
Beardies can sleep either indoors or outdoors; they make great farm dogs. They are comfortable with all kinds of weather conditions. They don’t like being confined, so they would need lots of exercise and amply space to run off. They love being outdoors, but would also like his own place indoors. Dogs of this breed are popular for being escape artists, so they should be kept happy all the time.
Beardies are always playful, joyous and affectionate. Its tail is always wagging. His sense of humor, high energy levels and boldness makes them terrific with kids. This is one breed that needs to be with and around people. It needs constant human contact as they usually get into trouble when bored. They can be noisy barkers, but will not make a good watchdog. This dog also does well when it comes to mingling with other animals, especially those they were raised with.
As may be obvious considering their thick coat, Bearded Collies need lots of grooming.
You can get a pro to do this, but you will have to learn to groom them on your own. Grooming can take about an hour or two per week. Missing out on the grooming will let you end up with a mesh of hair that might lead to skin and even other health problems. They shed minimally when groomed properly. To groom, lay your dog on its side then mist with a good anti-tangle spray then perform line brushing. Make sure to check for ticks and the length of their toenails.
The Bearded Collie is a very smart dog, and they learn rather quickly. However, they tend to be independent thinkers and can become very stubborn. If you would like to do obedience training, make sure it is fun, fair and consistent. It is best to start early. One of the hardest things about this breed is that if you don’t stay mentally alert and ahead, your Beardie will end up training you instead!
The Bearded Collie is an intelligent, active and agile breed, all of which are characteristics of a real working dog. The Beardie is devoted, stable and self-confident, and shows no signs of aggression and shyness. This breed will make a great addition to the home, and would also make a great farm dog too.
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