The Bearded Collie (or Beardie) is one of Britain’s oldest breeds, showing up in paintings as far back as 1771. The breed was very popular in Scotland as both a working dog and a show dog, but owes its modern existence to local shepherds and drovers, who prized them for their ability to work well in Scotland’s cold, misty climate.
The Bearded Collie came to the United States in 1950 and has enjoyed living here as a companion dog ever since. He makes an excellent family dog, being both confident and intelligent. He is also a loving and loyal family member who enjoys close contact with his humans.
Standing between 20 and 22 inches tall at the shoulder, long-haired is an understatement when it comes to the Bearded Collie – their long, flat and shaggy coats nearly touch the ground. Owning a Beardie requires a large grooming commitment, as they will need daily brushing at the least. The good news is, his exercise requirements are average for a dog of his size.
Long coats aside, Bearded Collies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses which Beardies are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; eye conditions such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and corneal dystrophy; and skin problems such as pemphigus foliaceus.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bearded Collie inherits anything more than a long coat, you’re covered.