Bearded Collie Information

Country/Region of Origin: Scotland

Life span: 14 – 16 years

Weight: 39.7 – 59.5 pounds (18 – 27 kg)

Gestation:  61 - 65 days

Health issues in Bearded Collies:

  • Colic disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Epilepsy
  • von Willebrand’s disease
  • Auto-immune diseases such as Haemolytic anaemia and Thrombocytopaenia 

Interesting Facts on Bearded Collies:
The word “collie” is a Scottish word meaning “herding dog”. The Bearded Collie also has very long facial hair just like a beard, hence the name Bearded Collie.
The Bearded Collie was previously known by the names Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, Hairy Mountain Dog and Scottish Bearded Collie.
One of their nicknames is “Beardie”.
As they often herded in thick vegetation and had the tendency to bouncing up to see the sheep they also earned the nickname “Bouncing Beardie”.
They were bred for herding sheep and because of this inbred skill when playing children it may try to herd them.
There are no accurate records of where and when the Bearded Collie originated but it is believed that a merchant from Poland in the 16th century traded some goods for a pair of Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. These were possibly bred with the local collies resulting in the first “Bearded Collie”.
They were almost extinct during the Second World War.

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