If you’re a fan of the circus, you’ll appreciate my boisterous demeanor and clownish take on life. I can be quite playful and entertaining, but don’t underestimate me: I’m bright and obedient yet also a bit of an independent thinker. After all, Beardies are bred to herd sheep! I like having a job to do and can be a trusted therapy dog.
I crave affection and social interaction and don’t do well separated from people for long periods. I’ll enjoy being part of a big, active family—and will need vigorous daily play or a long walk or jog to keep me settled. I’m happier in a house with a yard than an apartment. On average I weigh 45 to 55 pounds and stand about 22 inches tall.
One look at my long coat and it will come as no surprise that I require a good deal of cosmetic attention. Thorough weekly brushing will keep the coat from matting and can take 30 minutes to an hour. Regular professional grooming is a smart option. When born, our coats are black, blue, brown, or fawn and may have white markings. When we reach maturity, the colors will lighten.
I’m a hardy, charismatic sort with a long life span of 12 to 14 years. I’m not prone to major health issue but can develop hip dysplasia, epilepsy, colonic disease, and pemphigus. Aortic stenosis, PRA, PPM, cataracts, and vWD may develop on occasion.