B earded Collie

/ he Bearded Collie is one of England's oldest breeds. In the past, the breed was also known as the Highland Collie or Mountain Collie; it is said to be an ancestor of the Australian Cattle Dog as well as other hard-working herding breeds.

The Beardie stands 20 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 60 pounds. She has a broad skull, large dark eyes, and dropped ears. The body is strong but not heavy. The tail is long. The Beardie's coat is her crowning glory; the outer coat is long, flat, and follows the line of the body. The undercoat is soft and close. All Beardies are born black, blue, brown, or fawn, and as the Beardie grows, the coat lightens.

This lovely coat does need some care to keep it looking its best. It needs be brushed and combed at least every other day—daily if the dog runs and plays outside and gets wet or dirty. In the spring and fall when shedding is at its worst, daily brushing is needed. Many pet owners have the coat trimmed to a shorter length for ease of care.

Beardies are active, playful, and often silly dogs. They need time to run, play, and exercise. Although walks are enjoyable, they are not enough to use up this breed's excess energy. Games of fetch and hide-and-seek are good, as is a daily run alongside a bicycle. Beardies also enjoy canine sports, including agility, herding, and flyball.

Early training can help teach this boisterous dog what behavior is acceptable and what isn't. Although Beardies are bright and intelligent, they are also freethinkers. Training should be structured yet fun.

The Beardie can be a good watchdog, but she's too social to be overly protective. She does best in an active household where people enjoy doing things with her. She is good with kids, but as a puppy, she may be too boisterous for young children. She can be good with small pets but may try to herd the family cat. Health concerns include eye problems, hip dysplasia, and Addison's disease.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Herder Size: 20 to 22 in tall; 40 to 60 lbs

Longevity: 13 to 15 years Exercise: Active and playful Training: Easy to train; hard to keep focused Grooming: Difficult


he Beauceron is a herding dog from France with a documented history going back to the 1500s. The breed was used to herd both sheep and cattle and to protect livestock from predators and thieves. An intelligent, bold, and trainable breed, she has also been used extensively by the military and law enforcement agencies.

The Beauceron stands 24.5 to 27.5 inches tall and weighs 80 to 110 pounds, with females smaller than males. The head is carried proudly, with either natural dropped ears or cropped upright ears. The double coat is short and coarse and is usually black and red, although there is also a harlequin (gray, black, and tan). This breed's coat requires brushing twice a week, except during spring and fall when shedding is heavier.

The Beauceron does not tolerate a quiet, calm lifestyle well. She needs activity, exercise, and a job to do. If she is not living on a farm herding, then she needs vigorous daily exercise. She should also participate in dog sports.

Training should begin early and continue into adulthood, as this intelligent breed needs mental challenges. She will enjoy advanced obedience, trick training, tracking, air scenting, Schutzhund, and search and rescue training. The Beauceron Club of Canada says, "It must be stressed the Beauceron is not the dog for everyone. They are not suitable for the first-time dog owner unless that person is prepared to seek the guidance of a professional dog trainer." Without an owner who is a leader, the Beauceron will assume that position, with less-than-pleasant results.

With training, leadership, and a job to do, the Beauceron can be a wonderful family companion. Although rowdy as puppies, adults are good with children. They are great with other dogs in the family but can be assertive with strange dogs. When raised with other pets, they are fine, but they will herd the family cat. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and bloat.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC Occupation: Herder Size: 24.5 to 27.5 in tall; 80

to 110 lbs Longevity: 11 to 13 years Exercise: Very active Training: Easy; hard to keep challenged Grooming: Easy

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Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

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