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The Bearded Collie ranks 104 out of 155 breeds in popularity in the United States, according to the
American Kennel Club's yearly breed ranking. A Bearded Collie is best obtained from a reputable breeder
or a dog rescue. Bearded Collies make excellent pets for those willing to accommodate their high energy
level and grooming requirements. Weekly brushing is mandatory for keeping their long hair mat-free.
Some Bearded Collie owners opt to keep their pets in a "puppy cut" haircut, which reduces (but does not
eliminate) the need for brushing. Bearded Collies are an energetic breed, originally intended to work in the
Scottish Highlands herding sheep; they also excel at dog agility trials. A loyal and family-friendly dog, the
Beardie can add years of pet-ownership enjoyment to the home. They have keen problem-solving abilities,
and are entertaining to watch. Female Beardies are often more outgoing and headstrong than males. In
training, males are more likely to follow instructions and females are more independent. Females often
become the alpha dog if there is a male and female Beardie in the household. Regardless of the Beardie's
sex, they are a very active breed. One of the most common problems for new Beardie owners is the
breed's advanced age of maturity; standard puppy issues last longer, and Beardies frequently fail "puppy
school" if entered at the same age as other breeds.
Adopting a Beardie should be done through an authorised breeder. The pup's parents should have
pedigree papers. There are Beardie rescue associations, such as Beardie Collie Rescue and "Rescue
Me". These organisations attempt to place unwanted puppies and dogs into appropriate, loving homes.
The Bearded Collie, known to his admiring flock as the “Beardie,” acquired his name from his well-furred muzzle;
certainly his shaggy coat, which protects from the elements, gives him an irresistible, lovable charm. Known for
centuries in Scotland and Northern England, the Bearded Collie has a happy temperament, a nice medium size
and an irrepressible willingness to participate in activities with his family, whether on the farm, on the beach or
just in the back yard with the kids. This is a fun-loving, adaptable and hardy dog for any owner seeking a
bouncy pal to spend time with. Few breeds can compete with the Beardie’s unique combination of loyalty,
intelligence and sheer fun!
This new Special Limited Edition provides everything a new owner needs to know about caring for and training a
Bearded Collie. Author Bryony Harcourt-Brown, a long-time Beardie breeder from England, has written an
insightful chapter on the breed’s origins in its homeland, and guest author Christine Walkowicz has provided an
insider’s view of the breed’s development in the US. This colorful handbook also covers the breed’s
characteristics and breed standard as well as helpful information about selecting and rearing a puppy, behavior
and specific health concerns. With an emphasis on positive-training methods, the chapters on training cover
everything from socialization and preventing puppy problems to house-training and obedience lessons.
The well-illustrated chapter on preventive healthcare, written by popular author and veterinarian Dr. Lowell
Ackerman, discusses all aspects of canine health including selecting a qualified vet, inoculations, parasite
control and more. Every owner of a Beardie will welcome this comprehensive and entertaining new guide as a
valuable addition to his home library.
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