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.
The Beardie is longer than tall. The appearance of the Beardie should convey an impression of strength and agility. The Beardie carries a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and long, repelling rain and snow. The undercoat is short and downy. A wave in the coat is permissible, although it should not curl.
Beardies can be found in four colors: 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.
The Beardie’s eye color is an unusual characteristic. The breed standard states eye color should tone with coat color. Blacks and browns have brown eyes with varying degrees of darkness. Blues have smoky or grayish-blue eyes. A fawn has a lighter brown eye that may contain a hint of hazel or lavender.
It is extremely difficult to predict the adult color of a puppy. Beardies are born dark. As they grow, they “gray out” and lighten. A puppy that is born a black may be silver at one year of age. That beautiful chocolate brown puppy will probably turn a champagne or cream color. Between 12 to 18 months, the puppies start to darken again. They rarely become as dark as they were at birth, and it is difficult for even experienced breeders to predict just what shade the puppy finally will achieve. The puppies that fade the earliest will usually be the lightest in color. Beardies often darken again to match the ears and tail. They can continue to change shade until the age of four years or beyond.