Bearded Collie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bearded Collie so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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OriginScotland flagScotland
Other Names
What other names does the Bearded Collie have?
Argle BargleBeardieMountain CollieHighland Collie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Bearded Collie Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Bearded Collie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is {name_prefix}?
$1200-$1400
If you choose to purchase the Bearded Collie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bearded Collie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bearded Collie gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Bearded Collie? How many Bearded Collie are there in the world?
Frequent: The Bearded Collie is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Bearded Collie Size

Size
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How big do Bearded Collie get?

Large Medium
Weight
How much does the Bearded Collie weigh? How much should the Bearded Collie breed weight?
40-60 pounds (18-27 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of {name_prefix}?
50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bearded Collie? Bearded Collie height:
20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Average Height
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21 inches (53.5 cm)

Bearded Collie Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bearded Collie have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bearded Collie's coat?
BrownBlue FawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bearded Collie and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Bearded Collie requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Bearded Collie is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Bearded Collie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Argle Bargle?
Bearded Collies shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Bearded Collie breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bearded Collie need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bearded Collie every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Bearded Collie Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bearded Collie have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveLivelyAlertIntelligentAssertiveConfident
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bearded Collie? Is the Bearded Collie breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Bearded Collie's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. The Bearded Collie is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.
Trainability
Are Bearded Collie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bearded Collies are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Bearded Collie is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bearded Collie sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bearded Collies don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is {name_prefix} a good family dog?
High: Bearded Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Argle Bargle need? Bearded Collie social needs:
Bearded Collies are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Bearded Collie dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Argle Bargle bark?
Average to High: The Bearded Collie is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bearded Collie good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bearded Collies are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Bearded Collies will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bearded Collie dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bearded Collies are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Bearded Collie can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bearded Collie will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Bearded Collie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Argle Bargle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bearded Collie? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Bearded Collie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bearded Collie has a hard bite? What is the bite force of {name_prefix}?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bearded Collie bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Bearded Collie, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bearded Collie do?
Bearded Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bearded Collies need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bearded Collie to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bearded Collie roam?
Bearded Collies have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bearded Collie have high prey drive?
Bearded Collies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bearded Collie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Bearded Collie breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Bearded Collie indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bearded Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can you leave the Bearded Collie alone?
Bearded Collies do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Bearded Collie Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bearded Collie temperament with other people:
Bearded Collies are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bearded Collie dogs get along with other pets? Are Bearded Collie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bearded Collies are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Bearded Collie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bearded Collie temperament with children:
Bearded Collies are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bearded Collie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Bearded Collie breed live with a cat?
Bearded Collies are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bearded Collie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bearded Collie dogs get along with other dogs?
Bearded Collies are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bearded Collie can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bearded Collie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Bearded Collie breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Bearded Collies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bearded Collies good office dogs? Do Bearded Collies make good office friendly dogs? Can Bearded Collies be office dogs?
No
Bearded Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bearded Collie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Argle Bargle temperament with senior people? Are Bearded Collie dogs good for elderly owners?
Bearded Collies are usually recommended for elderly people.

Bearded Collie Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bearded Collie dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Bearded Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bearded Collie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bearded Collie breed? Most common health risks of Bearded Collie:
Addison's DiseaseAllergiesArthritisCancerEye DiseasesHip DysplasiaHypothyroidism
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bearded Collie breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bearded Collie see the vet?
Average
The Bearded Collie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bearded Collie dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bearded Collie be? What is the age limit of the Bearded Collie? How many years can the oldest Bearded Collie live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Bearded Collie: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bearded Collie breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bearded Collies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bearded Collie have? What is the activity level of the Bearded Collie?
Bearded Collies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
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Bearded Collies have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Bearded Collie breed need?
Bearded Collies are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does {name_prefix} need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does {name_prefix} breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Bearded Collie? How much food should I feed my Bearded Collie?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bearded Collie risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bearded Collie's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bearded Collie's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Bearded Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Bearded Collie has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bearded Collie drool?
The Bearded Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bearded Collie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Bearded Collie. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bearded Collie As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bearded Collie be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bearded Collie is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bearded Collie be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bearded Collie be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bearded Collie is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bearded Collie be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bearded Collie is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bearded Collie be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Bearded Collie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bearded Collie be a boat dog?

Not really

Bearded Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bearded Collie be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bearded Collie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bearded Collie dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bearded Collie Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is {name_prefix} pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Bearded Collie breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bearded Collie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bearded Collie have in a litter? How many puppies can the Bearded Collie breed have for the first time? How many puppies does {name_prefix} have?
4-12 puppies

Bearded Collie Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bearded Collie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1976 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Bearded Collie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.

Bearded Collie Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Bearded Collie's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Bearded Collies are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Bearded Collie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Bearded Collie has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bearded Collies are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Bearded Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Bearded Collies are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Bearded Collies are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bearded Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bearded Collies are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bearded Collies are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Bearded Collies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Bearded Collie breed in the home.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Bearded Collies shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bearded Collie's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Bearded Collies have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bearded Collies do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Bearded Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Bearded Collie Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Sean Angus

    Jan 21, 2021, 1:42:57 AM: