Bearded Collie


Developed in Scotland, the Bearded Collie may trace its ancestors to the Komondor, British Isles herding dogs, and the Poland Lowland Sheepdog. In Scotland, the energetic Beardies were tireless sheepherders and later gained popularity as show dogs. The AKC recognized the breed in 1977. The Bearded Collie has loads of fans who enjoy the breed as a companion who likes plenty of activity, whether in the form of agility, Frisbee, or herding a backyard full of children.


Medium; females 20 to 21 inches, 40 to 45 pounds; males 21 to 22 inches, 50 to 60 pounds.


Black, brown, blue, or fawn, usually with white markings.


Lively, playful, and enthusiastic; devoted, intelligent, and self-confident. Exuberant with kids; may try to herd young children while playing.

Energy level:

Medium to high.

Best owner:

Active owner or family with post-toddler children.


Family bonding, vigorous daily exercise, fenced yard, weekly brushing and combing sessions.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.