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Bearded Collie – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Bearded Collie

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1976
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Size: medium
  • Energy: medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*

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The Bearded Collie is an old dog breed in Britain. They are sometimes called Mountain Collie or Highland Collie.

This dog breed was the type of herding dog which helped farmers for centuries. The Bearded Collie made its way to the United States around the 1950s and gained people's interest by 1969.

As they are originally bred to work, the Bearded Collie is not the type to guard but they will bark to let their owner know when people are approaching.

This dog does not like to be left alone and can be quite a nuisance if they are frequently left alone.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Bearded Collie in 1976.

These medium energy dogs are known as humble and shaggy herding dogs.

They are prized for their intelligence, focus, and strength. Beardies have a happy and adorable personality.

They are not overly protective or possessive, yet bond firmly with their owners.

Beardies have moderate to high energy which makes them ill-suited for an apartment or small home life. They can be quite active indoors and require a medium-sized yard.


The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized and hard working dog. They have a long and lean body with a large and broad head.

This dog breed has a waterproof, shaggy, and double coat which hangs all over the body (including its face). That is why they are called Bearded.

Beardies comes in various colors such as cream or light grey as they become older.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Beardie has a long double coat which should be brushed weekly using a pin or bristle brush to reduce tangles and shedding. Before brushing, make sure to spray the coat with mist to reduce static and prevent the hair from breaking.

They also need occasional bathing, as needed. This dog breed sheds heavily once a year for around two to four weeks in duration. They need more brushing during this time to keep the loose hair under control.

Teeth brushing can be done two or three times a week to prevent bacteria and to remove tartar build up.


Bearded Collies are an active dog. They benefit from a long daily walking routine. They also enjoy an open run in a safe area.

This dog breed easily gets bored; therefore it is important to keep them interested. Beardies also need to live inside with their owner and for these reasons are not well-suited to those who have busy lives.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 42” dog crate* for most adult Bearded Collies.


Return to the main Dog Crate Sizes Breed Chart.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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