Bearded Collie: dog food and breed portrait
The Bearded Collie is a medium sized dog from Great Britain. Like all Collies he was originally bred as a herding dog. The FCI therefore classes the Bearded Collie in group 1, section 1 (shepherds). Today, however, the Bearded Collie is primarily kept as a family dog and enjoys great popularity in Germany.
History of the Bearded Collie
The origins of the Bearded Collies lie in the Scottish Highlands. While its exact origin cannot be traced today, what is certain, is that the ancestors of Bearded Collies were already used as herding dogs by shepherds several hundred years ago.
Towards the end of the 19th century the Bearded Collie was first exhibited at dog shows. As a result, the breed quickly became known and popular. Even though it was initially still bred as a working dog, the Bearded Collie has now been kept as a pure companion dog for a good 100 years.
In Germany the Bearded Collie is also very popular. Despite declining numbers, more than 500 Bearded Collies are still born every year according to the puppy statistics of the VDH.
Features of the Bearded Collies
The average life expectancy of the Bearded Collies is 14 to 15 years. Male specimens reach a shoulder height of 53 to 56 centimetres and female Bearded Collies grow to about 51 to 53 centimetres.
With regard to body weight, the breed standard for the Bearded Collie does not specify any fixed values. In breeding, balanced proportions should be the primary consideration. The weight of the Bearded Collies usually ranges between 18 and 27 kilos.
The Bearded Collie has a strong build. At the same time it should not appear too heavy. He has a straight back with a strong loin and a deep chest.
His broad head is flat and square with a moderate stop. The Bearded Collie has a strong muzzle and strong jaws with a complete scissor bite. His large, gently looking eyes are matched to the colour of his coat and his medium sized ears hang down.
The coat of the Bearded Collie
The outer appearance of the Bearded Collies is determined to a large extent by its coat. Its coat consists of a soft, furry undercoat and hard, shaggy topcoat. It may be either smooth or slightly wavy. A curly coat is however undesirable in the Bearded Collie.
This also applies to too long hair. The length of the coat should offer the Bearded Collie sufficient protection without covering its natural build too much.
The breed standard allows the following colours with and without white markings:
- Reddish Fallen Colours
- Slate Grey
- Sand colours
Bearded Collie nature and character
The Bearded Collie is characterized by a very friendly nature. At the same time he is quite spirited, which is probably not least due to his original breeding purpose.
This also applies to his high urge to move, which owners should definitely consider when buying a Bearded Collie. Furthermore the Bearded Collie is attentive and eager to learn. He quickly understands new tasks and inspires with his pronounced eagerness to work.
Apart from that, the Bearded Collie is considered sensitive and reliable. He enjoys doing things together with his family very much, whereby he gets along well in a one-person household as well as in families with children.
Activities with the Bearded Collie
Today the Bearded Collie is rarely used as a herding dog. Nevertheless he is still suitable for use as a working dog. However, he is much more often kept as a family dog, where he knows how to convince with his playful and child-loving manner.
Since the Bearded Collie is a very active and active dog, prospective owners should not underestimate the time required to use this intelligent four-legged friend to its full potential.
As occupation possibilities different disciplines from the dog sport offer themselves. As an original herding dog, the Bearded Collie is naturally made for treibball. In this sport it is a matter of transporting gymnastic balls over a field into a goal.
In addition, the English Bearded Collie Club has developed a special working test in which the four-legged friend has to perform certain tasks. This is also a great way to keep the Bearded Collie occupied according to his type.
Bearded Collie diseases
In principle, the Bearded Collie is considered a robust breed, which is not known for an excessive tendency to certain diseases. In individual cases, however, the Bearded Collie may have problems with the eyes and ears.
Apart from that, the long coat of the Bearded Collie is associated with certain disadvantages. Occasionally, the luxuriant coat on the head can interfere with vision.
In addition, the coat of the Bearded Collie needs regular grooming. To avoid matting and reduce the risk of skin parasites, it must be brushed several times a week.
The right nutrition for the Bearded Collies
A balanced diet is very important for the well-being of the Bearded Collies. The breed is known to eat relatively little in relation to its size and weight. In addition, the Bearded Collie is one of the dogs that comparatively often develop a food allergy.
In order to guarantee an optimal supply of all nutrients, the quality of the Bearded Collie's food is of particular importance.
We therefore recommend feeding our hypoallergenic insect-based dog food. The food is very well tolerated by dogs with allergies and is also characterised by a very good digestibility of the proteins contained.
In addition, the following food supplements and care products for Bearded Collies can be useful:
- Bellfor Skin & Coat, to support the long coat of the Bearded Collies with additional nutrients
- Bellfor care products to counteract skin parasites such as ticks and mites in a natural way
With the special Bellfor nutritional concept you support the healthy development and well-being of your Bearded Collies from an early age.