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Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie or "Beardie" is a hardy, medium-sized, agile, active dog with a wagging tail and an aura of strength characteristic of a herding dog. He is a shaggy companian that never meets a stranger. He is very intelligence and resourceful and gets bored easily and must be kept busy or he will develop bad habits. It is believed that the Beardie originated in Scotland and is a mixture of the Polski Owczarek Nizinny dog and Highland Collies. In the early years they were used to drive cattle to market and have a strong herding instinct.

The Bearded Collie has a dense, weatherproof shaggy outer coat that can be slightly wavy but not curly with a soft, thick, furry undercoat. The color can be black, brown, blue, or fawn. A Beardie can change dramatically in color from birth to adult.

The Beardie's bouncy and lovable personality and appearance makes him an ideal companion and family dog. They like to stay outdoors and make great farm dogs. They are fairly rare in the United States.

A medium-sized dog, most Bearded Collies weigh 40 to 60 pounds and are 20-22 inches at the withers.


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