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The Bearded Collie, a dog with a beautiful long coat

The experts speak of "a fabulous breed". It must be said that in addition to its magnificent long coat, the Bearded Collie also called Bearded Collie or Beardie shows an exemplary character which makes it very endearing. Sociable, intelligent, clever, this 100% British breed is the perfect family companion.

Characteristics of the Bearded Collie

In addition to its muscular silhouette and inscribable in a rectangle, the Bearded Collie is a balanced, active and robust dog without heaviness. It is of medium size and measures between 53 and 56 cm for the males with a weight of 25 to 30 kg and from 51 to 53 cm for the females with a weight of 22 to 27 kg. The Beardie develops a head proportional to the body with a square, flat and wide skull, a strong muzzle, a slightly marked stop and a large black nose. It reveals beautiful eyes with an expression of softness and affection that have a color in harmony with the coat. They are also large and well spaced between them. The ears are medium-sized and hanging, but they are raised slightly when the dog is alert. The Bearded Collie owes its beauty to its long, smooth, rough coat, which can be of different colors: black, reddish fawn, gray, sandy, brown, with the possibility of markings on the head, feet, tail, chest or belly.

History of the Bearded Collie breed

The Beardie originated in the north of England and Scotland. There is still some uncertainty about the crossbreeding that took place to create the breed and when it first appeared. It is likely that the dog is a descendant of the Collie and the Bobtail. In any case, we speak of him since the 16th century. Its introduction would have been carried out during the Middle Ages during the trade with the Poles. This dog was essentially used to guard livestock. It was asked to watch and protect the herds, a task in which it excelled. Around the 20th century, the extinction of the breed was imminent without the intervention of Mrs. Willison, a passionate Englishwoman who revived the breed in the 1950s.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Bearded Collie

Protective, intelligent, sociable and open, the Beardie has many qualities. He is the ideal companion for children, whom he will watch over and protect as he would for a herd. It is a clever, playful, dynamic dog and very pleasant to live with. He also needs to spend time being a great sportsman. This is why he prefers to live in a house with a garden. As for education, even if he is a little stubborn, the Beardie learns quickly thanks to his intelligence.

Diet and health problems of the Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie is predisposed to certain diseases such as pemphigus, which affects the skin, and Addison's disease, which is manifested by a cortisone deficiency. This dog can also suffer from hip dysplasia and cataracts when it gets old. In addition, certain autoimmune diseases are to be monitored.

To ensure the longevity of the dog, a rich and balanced diet is required. It can be homemade or industrial, the dog is not difficult at this level.