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Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

Overview of Bearded Collie

Many people may think that they've never seen a Bearded Collie, but they are no secret in Hollywood: Tim Allen turns into one in The Shaggy Dog (2006), and in the Brady Bunch, the beloved family dog was a Bearded Collie named Tiger. Beardies, as they are affectionately called, are often mistaken with Old English Sheepdogs. The easiest way to tell the difference is that Bearded Collies have tails, whereas Sheepdogs have no tails! All Bearded Collie puppies are born with dark coats, and then they start grey out as they mature. Many believe that they are descended from several different European herding dogs. These medium-sized (45-55 lbs) working dogs come in black, brown, fawn or blue with white or tan markings. It may surprise you to know that many still herd today! Their warm, expressive eyes, 'beard' and soft, furry coat will make you fall in love with them!

Personality of Bearded Collie

Bearded Collies are known for their lively nature and quick wit. Bred to be hardy and reliable, Beardies are clever and active pooches that do well in herding, agility, and obedience sports. These are fun-loving bouncy dogs who love to play so be prepared to establish boundaries if you don't want your Bearded Collie jumping all over your guests! These pups are very high energy and would be happiest with lots of space to run and jump around in. Originally bred in Scotland to herd sheep and cattle, Beardies may try their hardest to herd you, your kids and other pets, so start training early! Their weatherproof coat requires daily grooming and brushing to keep tangles at bay. So if you want a loyal companion that loves to bounce around and be silly, a Bearded Collie may be your new favorite housemate!

Common Health Issues & Recommendations for Bearded Collie Dog

Addison’s Disease in Dogs: hypoadrenocorticism (also known as Addison's disease) is a disease that may be inherited by Bearded Collies, which happens when the adrenal glands do not produce enough hormones. Symptoms include depression, an irregular heartbeat and dehydration.

Recommendations for Addison’s Disease in Bearded Collie Dogs:


Autoimmune Disease in Dogs: one of the most common autoimmune diseases in dogs is a skin condition called pemphigus - a condition where blisters and pustules form on the skin and lead to dry, scaly skin and hair loss.

Recommendations for Autoimmune Disease in Bearded Collie Dogs:

  • Milk Thistle - Encourages gentle elimination of wastes from the liver and vital organs.
  • Turmeric - Beneficial aid for autoimmune disease, liver disorders and heart conditions due to its many healing properties.
  • Stimmune - A blend of plant extracts formulated to help re-balance immune function and encourage tissue repair.

Hypothyroidism: occurs when a dog’s thyroid gland does not produce adequate hormone levels to maintain their metabolism. Symptoms may include lethargy, excess weight gain, and skin/coat problems.

Recommendations for Hypothyroidism in Bearded Collie Dogs:

  • Hypothyroidism Kit - is a bundle of natural remedies to help support healthy thyroid function and metabolism, increase energy levels and promote healthy skin/coat.
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