Lively, playful, and good-natured, this animated breed is famous for the “Beardie Bounce” – a bounding yo-yo leap that represents his happy, carefree attitude about the world.
Some Bearded Collies are rowdier than others, but most tend to jump up into your face unless taught otherwise.
This athletic dog needs a good amount of exercise to satisfy his high energy, especially when young.
More urgently, he needs constructive activities (herding, hiking, agility, pet therapy, watching over other pets) to occupy his inquisitive mind.
Beardies are very sociable dogs who can become unhappy and destructive if left for long periods of time without the companionship of people or other pets.
Most individuals love everyone to the point where their “watchdog” bark is more welcome than warning. As with most sweet-natured tail-waggers, there is potential for timidity. Lots of socialization is necessary to develop the buoyant temperament.
This independent thinker can be stubborn and requires a confident owner who will establish and enforce the rules.