“ Animal Species: Dogs „
What to say about Bearded collies.
Well from day 1 they are crazy and that puppy energy lasts there lifetime. There hair draped faces with that little pink tongue sticking out and there lovely bouncy walk they have. We got Skye just 6months ago and allready the house has been turned upside down the moment you come through the door she is by your side just wanting some company and whenever you want company there she is for you. So soft and loveable yet allways willing to play with you. Obviously there is grooming to be dealt with the endless brusing and tying there hair back and washing them when they get muddy. But that all comes with the joy and happiness your life will be filled with. As long as your prepared to walk your beardie with everybody smiling and staring at your dog whilst your walk past...your walk will take twice as long with you having to stop every two yards to talk to excitable children (and there parents actually) then you and a beardie would be well suited.
If you want a dog that is loyal, caring, energetic, warming, dependable, cute and of course allways happy then a beardie is surely for you.
If you have time to spare and the patience of a saint and want to get a dog - get a Bearded Collie! For all those downsides, you will own a dog of outstanding and incredulous intelligence, with the energy of a puppy until about 10 years old and all the fun and laughs dog-ownership can bring. Do you want to walk your dog through town on a busy Saturday and see smiles on people's faces as they spot him and be ready for the over enthusiastic child that rushes up and throws their arms round his neck and shouts "Ooh a Dulux dog!" They are so cute and extremely loving! We got Douglas just over 2 years ago and life changed considerably. Gone was a tidy house and clean carpets, but what arrived was a constant shadow saying what game shall we play next! "Go get spiky ball" and off he would go up the garden and sure enough arrive 2 nanoseconds later with a blue spiky ball in his mouth! Yes, you have to groom everyday if you can and yes, there is'nt a walk long enough for them, but what a rewarding breed to own. Best thing we ever did!
We unfortunately lost our Bearded Collie about 4 years ago when he was 15 years of age. It was like losing a much loved but delinquent teenage child. His name was Maximillian – “Max” for short and, of course, he soon became known by friends, family and neighbours as “Mad Max” (he was rather more handsome and appealing than ….. though!! At quite a young age, Max decided that my husband was the ‘leader of the pack’. He would always look at my husband for confirmation whenever asked by anyone else (including me) to do anything he didn’t fancy!! He loved every one of his squeaky toys, never broke them and knew the name of each one. If asked for squeaky ball or squeaky book, etc., he always found the relevant toy – I believe that it quite an achievement for any dog (though I expect some of you know better!) Anyway, I thought I would write this as a tribute to the Beardie – they are extremely clever and know their own mind. They definitely have an imagination, despite what the so-called experts say. They are quickly trained to know what you want them to do BUT they will not necessarily follow orders if it doesn’t suit them. They are too bright to do just as you say all the time and are extremely independent. When our cat joined the family, Max decided that it did not exist and to his dying day completely ignored her (even when she snuggled up to him, he didn’t stop her but took absolutely no notice!) To own a Beardie is a delight but takes no end of patience, a good sense of humour, lots of energy (walking and grooming) and a tremendous love of dogs. I honesty don’t thing they are suitable for a first time dog owner.
We have a 3 year old Bearded collie (not an old english sheep dog) which he is always being mistaken for. The best way to describe him is the puppet dog that was on "Fraggle rock" Bearded collies were bread to be sheepdogs in colder climates in essence a border collie with a very long coat. For clarity the old english sheepdogs were used as cattle dogs and not as its name suggests (a sheepdog) Our dog "Bailey" is typical of the breed, that is being very intellegent but having a very short attention span. They are working dogs and therefore require plenty of excersize due to their boundless engery, however this needs to be combined with stimulating tasks, ie agility/working trials. They are very good house dogs, and during the day he generally sleeps, concerving his energy for his morning and evening excersize sessions. Beardies make very good family pets and they enjoy playing with children and other dogs (generally) They are not an agressive breed, and will not instigate a fight, however they will defend themselves where necessary. Obviously with a long coat they do require a lot of care, grooming and bathing is a regular occurance, particularly when they have been swimming in the sea !!! Which is a trait of their breed.