Bearded Collie

Herding Group

Three Bearded Collies sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 20-21 in, Males 21-22 in

Weight

45-55 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Bearded Collie's origin is a bit unclear, as is common for many dogs used primarily by peasants and shepherds. Most believe that they descended from Central European breeds such as Polish Lowland Sheepdogs and Komondorok that were brought to Scotland in the 1500s where they were bred to local Scottish dogs.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bearded Collies will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

Intelligence

★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Outgoing, friendly, affectionate, and clownish  

Independent and can be very headstrong and stubborn, making training a bit challenging

Very alert and love to bark- they will always let you know if a person or animal is close by

Smart, resourceful, and confident

If bored, left alone for long, or confined, they may bark constantly or try to escape (which they are quite talented at doing)