In a shaggy double coat 20 to 22 inches over the shoulder and with a head covering, the beard bears a similar resemblance to another British favorite, the Old English Sheepdog. Under the coat, Beardies are both more lean and angular. The characteristic expression of gorgeous facial hair should not obscure: an imaginary, distant gaze.
These fantastic comics can be a handful – but mostly, Beardies have around 50 pounds of heart, energy and laughter. Will get along well with other animals and children with well social beards. They get bored easily, and training should keep them interesting. Families outside in search of a strong dog to share a flamboyant lifestyle will never find a more affectionate and entertaining sidekick.
Originally known as such names as Highland Collie and Mountain Collie, for centuries bearded collies earned their feed on the highlands of Scotland to feed on rugged shepherds and dogs prized for grazing. Used to feed, which was a difficult task in the raw climate and mountainous regions of Scotland. The bears were expected to help control the cattle in the pasture and bring the herd to market.
Origin stories vary. It was once believed that the beard is an ancient breed, dating back to the Roman conquest of Britain in the first century BCE. These days, the prevailing theory is that the Beardies are descended from Central European stock, notably the Polish Lonland Sheepdogs and Komondoroks, which were brought to Scotland in the 1500s. As with most of the breed, which is mostly used by farmers and shepherds of the distant past, no definitive record of the manufacture of beards has come to us.
We catch a glimpse of the breed in paintings from the 1700s, a golden age of British depiction. Owners such as Reynolds and Gainsborough identified the dogs as bears in portraits of well-heeled Scottish customers. It shows that somewhere a humble cowboy dog has become a fashionable ornament of high society.
By the early 1800s the form and appearance of the breed as we know it was set. In Victorian times they were popular on the Scottish show circuit, but World War I disruptions reduced the population of beards and other popular breeds. But you cannot keep a good breed low. Britain’s dedicated breeders rebuilt the beard population in the years between the two world wars. The first litter of American bears was born in 1967, the breed entered the AKC stud book 10 years later, and was a charter member of the AKC herring group formed in 1983.
The bearded collie is a medium-length coat of medium size, which follows the body’s natural lines and gives plenty of daylight under the body. The body is tall and lean, and, although strongly built, does not appear heavy. A bright interrogative expression is a distinguishing feature of the breed. The bearded collie should be shown in a natural stance.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days
The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
Bearded collie should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
The bearded coli is an energetic, boisterous breed that requires a fair amount of outdoor exercise. Unlike many of his bosses, Bairdys is happy to run and play whatever the weather is. They require some kind of activity every day, whether it is playing ball; A long walk, run, or hike; Or just playing with a companion, human or dog in a large, fenced-in yard or other area. And, of course, bred for herd sheep, Beardies like to participate in athletic events such as herring, rally, agility, and obedience competitions. A busy beard is a happy beard..
Beard is a strong breed, and responsible breeders screen their breeding stock for health conditions such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and eye problems. As with all breeds, beard ears should be regularly examined and teeth brushed daily to avoid foreign matter removal and a buildup of wax.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: