Shepherd dog by nature, the Bearded Collie puppy “comes as such”, be it for show, home or a sheep farm. Its hair falls on both sides of its body naturally, and is never trimmed or groomed.

The Bearded Collie is a cheerful, active dog that enjoys the rusticity and agility of a true work dog. It has a semi long coat of straight and rough hair, but never woolly or curly, falling on both sides on its own, accenting the body lines instead of hiding them. The undercoat is soft and short. The body is long and clean, not heavy: in an approximate proportion of 5 to 4, length with height. The ideal height to the withers is between 50 and 56 cm. For the FCI, males from 53 to 56 cm; females from 51 to 53. The head is well proportionate; the skull, wide and flat. The eyes are large and well separated, not round or bulgy. The nose is large and square; the muzzle is never pointy. The shoulders appear well sloped backwards; the legs, straight but not too heavy. The chest is deep and reaches at least the elbows; strong kidneys and a flat or sloped rump are serious flaws. The hind legs, well angles and the hocks low. The coat reflects naturality and is not trimmed or groomed. The adult Bearded Collie can be any gray tonality, from black to slate or silver (blue), or any golden tonality, from chocolate to sandy; or lighter or darker blue or fawn tonalities. The white is only found as a stripe over the face, over the heat, the tail tip, chest, limbs, feet and around the neck. Eye color corresponds to the coat, and lighter eyes in blue or fawn tonalities is correct.
An excellent domestic dog, the Bearded Collie loves children and its people. It doesn’t like to be alone, and will cry in your absence. It is vital that play and quality exercise time is provided, and the Bearded Collie is curious lad (like a two year old child. Time spent outdoors will make it a more balanced and cal animal inside the house. It has a good character and can’t stand rough handling or scolding. Be soft but firm. If you lean towards a charming and furry dog that will lick your face when you’re depressed, vote for a Bearded Collie!

The Bearded Collie will not fume; it is a loyal and fun partner. Keep it busy, give it outdoor time, and make it feel involved, that way you will have an educated company dog, which is priceless.
Choose a puppy for its cheerful temperament and glowing health. The show intended puppy should have a balanced build, with dark pigmentation.
They weigh when born varies considerably according to the size of the litter, which can also vary. The average weigh in a puppy is between 226 and 280 g. Puppies grow quickly and are usually a handful. The future owner should choose an extrovert personality that shows trust and obviously, good health. This breed brings an anomaly called adolescence trauma, especially in males. During this period the owner must avoid stressful situations for the dog. Breeders advise simply continuing good socialization and education. It is essential to provide it a lot of attention to avoid frustration and clear destructive tendencies. The Bearded Collie grows quickly. It grows as weed and can be very ugly. The adolescent can grow unevenly, especially on a skeletal/muscular level, and shedding can really leave it ugly. Often the color fades to the point of white practically during a year. It should be abundantly fed between the second and the sixth month to stimulate proper growth. If one or both testicles have not descended at the fifth month, they will probably be retained. Short hair cases have been reported, specimens that don’t develop the long external hair, which is visible by the eighth week. The Bearded Collie reaches its physical maturity towards the second year.
The Bearded Collie grows quickly but matures slowly. Adolescence is known as an “ugly” period, leggy, with uneven hair growth. 

The Bearded Collie is practically exempt of congenital and hereditary problems, and breeders truly deserve applause. However, there are cases of hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and persistent pupil membranes (persistent pigmented stripes over the pupil), although with low incidence. Perhaps the most significant problem (and not very commonly either) is the pigmentation loss around the eyes, lips and nose. This anomaly can be hereditary, or an allergic reaction. Note that the Bearded often has a very low pulse when at rest (60 beats per minute) and a body temperature between 39 and 39.5 C. Fur care, especially brushing, is essential. The Bearded Collie has sensitive skin and can be prone to patching. Flea control is essential for the Bearded’s health. The owner should program at least an hour long session per week for brushing the adult’s coat. Daily brushing will help a lot during the young dog’s shedding period. Alimentary habits can be problematic; we should ensure a healthy diet with quality food, and not addict your Bearded with food remains. Longevity is between 12 and 14 years.