The Bearded Collie is hardy and active, with an aura of strength and agility characteristic of a real working dog. Bred for centuries as a companion and servant of man, the Bearded Collie is a devoted and intelligent member of the family. He is stable and self-confident, showing no signs of shyness or aggression. This is a natural and unspoiled breed.

General Appearance

The Bearded Collie is a medium sized dog with a medium length coat that follows the natural line of the body and allows plenty of daylight under the body. The body is long and lean, and, though strongly made, does not appear heavy. A bright inquiring expression is a distinctive feature of the breed. The Bearded Collie should be shown in a natural stance.


A Beardie is a hairy, exuberant bundle of pure love.
And a Beardie is…

…a fuzzy, heart-warming hug!
…a tail that can sweep a coffee table clean in an instant.
…eyes that can melt the heart, yet be full of understanding.
…a wet kiss with a beard fresh from the water bowl.
…knowing your kitchen floor will never again be totally dry.
…Bounce with a capital B!
…laughs for both owner and dog.
…an extraordinary memory.
…the ability to think and calculate.
…a puppy pout, always followed by forgiveness

A Beardie is boundless energy, heartfelt devotion, and a trusting companion.


The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog. Males usually range 21 to 22 inches at the withers; females are slightly less at 20 to 21 inches. Weight varies with size and sex, but adults average between 45 to 55 pounds.


Black, brown, blue, and fawn — with or without white markings. Blacks can range from “stay-black” — no graying — to light gray. Blues can be dark gray to silver. Browns appear in dark mahogany to blonde. Fawns vary from medium brown to champagne. The actual color determination of a Beardie can be made from the color of the pigment of the nose leather and the lips. Blacks should have black pigment, blues have gray-blue, and browns have brown. The pigment found in a fawn is a lighter brown, sometimes with a hint of lavender.

Learn more at the Bearded Collie Club of America.