Bearded Collie

KC Pedigree, Medium-Large

Doesn't moult much

Not good for first time owners

These shaggy-coated Scottish herding dogs can look scruffy or super-glam depending on how well groomed the coat is. The pet trim is cute and easier to manage, but the 'Bearded-ness' of these collies is the very essence of the breed.


Attractive to ...

Collie lovers who like to brush hair.

Not the best for ...

The squeamish. If you can't hose down a hairy bum after an upset tum, or baulk at finding a squished frog in the coat (yes, really!), then maybe think about a Smooth Collie – or maybe not a dog at all?


Beardie, Highland Collie

Cross between



United Kingdom


Big, but will still fit in a small car.

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


Long almost human hair
Luscious long outer locks that need lots of attention and a soft undercoat that will get knotty if not combed out.


Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

14 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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