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Bearded Collie

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Bearded Collie Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Miss Samantha Templeton
Phone: 0412 864 768
Email: shaggydogz@bigpond.com
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About the Bearded Collie

 

Background The Bearded Collie has evolved over hundreds of years to perform specialised tasks in the service of humans. For centuries, the Beardie was bred by sheep farmers to work the rugged mountain areas of the Scottish Highlands. Here their lithe but strong build endowed them with the agility, stamina and hardiness to perform their exacting work, while their thick, shaggy coat kept them warm and dry in the harsh winters. As the working ability of the dogs was all that mattered, there was no concern for accurately recording their history. It is possible that the very early origins of the Bearded Collie may be found in the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, although this connection is not documented.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.  Bearded Collies live from between 11 to 15 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Bearded Collies are happy, lively, energetic and affectionate family dogs. Visit a Beardie at home and you may well find it curled up on a couch or helping out in the kitchen. These dogs love to be where the action is and adapt easily to almost any situation. Most of all, Beardies love company, and are not happy if locked outside and ignored. Typically the breed is extremely affectionate and expects a lot of loving attention. These are very sensitive dogs and do not respond well to harsh treatment. Some Beardies are easily excited, while others can be extremely placid. Generally speaking, do not expect a Bearded Collie to be much of a guard dog. They may bark at the doorbell but will probably welcome burglars as if they were your best friends.  These dogs have a very strong will and soon take advantage of you unless you set rules clearly. Some are very slow to come to maturity and continue with juvenile behaviour well past one year of age. Most Beardie owners find this part of the charm of the breed - but it can be exasperating at times.

Activities Beardies in Victoria have successfully participated in conformation, obedience, agility, endurance and herding.

Compatibility with other pets Excellent.

Care Requirements Let us start with the most obvious attribute of the Beardie first - its beautiful coat. Most people ask whether it takes a lot of work to keep this coat looking glamorous. The answer to this question is both yes and no. Compared with a smooth coated dog, a Beardie certainly does need consistent and frequent grooming, however unlike some long coated breeds, a thorough brush and comb through once a week will keep an adult Beardie in pretty good condition. Brushing removes most dirt and dust from the coat. Some people like to bath their dogs regularly and this does not harm the coat, even on a weekly basis. Make sure that you keep your dog flea free, groom it regularly, keep it happy and in good health and your Beardie will bloom.

Please Take Note Unless your dog is to be a member of your family, the Bearded Collie is probably not the dog for you.

Ideal Owner/s Ideal owners are those who understand their need for regular coat maintenance and have time to spend with their canine companions. Many dogs demonstrate the combination of beauty and brains for which this breed is renowned by competing successfully in obedience and agility competitions. This is an enjoyable option for owners who do not necessarily want to show their dogs but would like to be actively involved in some other way.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Bearded Collie and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs.  They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

Searching for a Bearded Collie Puppy Be sure your puppy comes with ANKC registration paper and pedigree. When visiting the premises ask to see the mother of the litter and all litter mates. Also ask to see the father if possible. Ask to see all vaccination and other veterinary records. Look for puppies and adult dogs that are happy and well-groomed. Look for general cleanliness of the kennel and no signs of loose faeces. Beardies with excessive white markings or white patches on the body should be avoided, especially if you intend to show. Avoid shy or fearful Beardies.

 

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