Bearded Collie Puppies
Have you been looking at Bearded Collie puppies? These dogs are adorable but for you and your pup to thrive together, you should do your research before owning one!
Here’s everything you need to know.
Where To Get Bearded Collie Puppies
It’s sadly unlikely that you’ll be able to find a Bearded Collie puppy in a shelter. These dogs are highly popular and sought after, even though many people don’t realize their energy levels! If you’re fine with a slightly older dog or a mixed breed, then you can look around, but don’t expect to find a purebred dog. Bon…
You might be able to in a rescue, but rescues are usually very strict about requirements.
For the most part, you’re going to be looking at a breeder.
While purchasing from a breeder is fine, you’ll want to make sure that the breeder you choose is a good one and not unethical. Backyard breeders will breed puppies that have health issues and temperament problems because the parents weren’t carefully selected and they didn’t take the time to socialize them.
In general, if your breeder won’t let you meet the parents, won’t answer questions, doesn’t want you to see where your puppy was raised, or sells you the puppy before it’s eight weeks old, it’s a red flag. Floyd…
The Bearded Collie usually costs between $1500 and $2000, though dogs from top lines can be even more. While this may seem expensive, it’s important to remember you’re paying for health and temperament too!
The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized dog that’s a whole lot of fur! Their coat is extremely long and usually grey and white. They’re recognizable by the hair flopping over their eyes — you can barely see their face!
Bearded Collies are working dogs. That means their energy levels are extremely high and they don’t do well as apartment dogs. Bearded Collies need a ton of energy outlets and enrichment — not just physical, but mental. Although they do need long walks and space to run if possible, mental puzzles and giving them jobs to do are just as valuable as physical exercise. BWurf…
They are incredibly intelligent and eager to learn, so you can be sure your devoted pup will pick things up quickly. They’re great to teach party tricks to and real crowd-pleasers, as they love to perform.
Due to their high intelligence, however, there’s a chance your puppy will get bored easily. A bored puppy is a destructive puppy, so make sure they have plenty to do or you might find you come home one day to a trashed house!
Bearded Collie Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Like all puppies, your Bearded Collie will need a series of shots that begins when they’re eight weeks old — or a little earlier, if the breeder gave them some shots early, as some do. These protect them against parvovirus, distemper, etc. They will also need a rabies shot and ideally, bordetella when they’re sixteen to eighteen weeks old. It’s illegal for them not to have a rabies shot.
Afterward, they will need a veterinary check-up once a year as well as preventative flea and worm medication.
Bearded Collies are generally healthy dogs, but it’s important to keep up with veterinary check-ups just in case. Beardie.Jax…
Some people swear by kibble, and some people swear by raw feeding. Either is a valid choice.
If you do choose to feed kibble, that’s fine, and it’s convenient for most owners and less expensive than raw! However, you should avoid grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs. Make sure you check out the ingredients and ask for your vet’s advice on the food, as some food is more full of fillers than nutrients.
If feeding raw, make sure a professional service prepares the meals. Dogs are omnivores and need more than just meat, which is a mistake many people make. Many subscription services can make these up for you. Bounty_Toffee…
Like you should with all dogs, clean their ears and teeth often to prevent infections and health issues. You should also clip their nails every six to eight weeks, or whenever they start to tap on the floor. You can use nail clippers or a Dremel, but the key is introducing them at an early age with lots of treats. That way, they associate nail care with good things!
The main thing to know with a Bearded Collie, however, is that their coat makes them very high maintenance in the grooming department. It can get easily matted so you will need to brush them every day and take them for regular trims. Not doing this might mean their coat eventually needs to be shaved, and mats can even get painful!
If you want a dog with low-maintenance grooming, this isn’t the one for you.