|Barked: Sun Jan 15, '12 12:42am PST |
Oh my goodness ... someone is actually talking about the beardie !!! Beardies are "THE HIDDEN GEM" of the doggie kingdom. No one here on Dogster (save Tiller) ever talks about these wonderful herders. You are in for a treat if you go this route.
Do beardies shed ????? Yes and no..... If you don't brush them daily you'll see "some" shedding and a whole lot of matting (not good). I brush Secret first thing every morning... takes about 10 - 15 minutes. Once or twice a week I go after her undercoat. Do this and you'll never need a groomer and there will be no shedding to speak of.
As far as exercise needs it differs as in all breeds with each dog.... depending on its working drive. Secret's grand father came from a working line imported from Dublin.... she is very focused when she is "working". Seven months out the year she stands off leash guarding against coyotes and an occasional mountain lion or smaller wildcat. She will establish a 30 foot perimeter (demilitarized zone) keeping the predators staged too far away to make sneak attacks on my other terriers. She will not chase after anything.... she just holds her ground. The 5 months she spends in Las vegas she is happy with a mile or two daily walk. Also , being a beardie , she bounces and bounces and bounces.... if for some odd reason we can't get out for a day or two I poop her out by utilizing her desire to bounce.
Secret doesn't have the typical beardie happy go lucky attitude. She is somewhat aloof to strangers but will let anyone pet her but would just as soon pass on that pleasantry... The Akc says they do not make good watch dogs nor protection dogs...." PHOOEY" Secret didn't read that paragraph .... She will fight if called for.... she likes to fight.... she's real good at fighting without biting. We train daily at this.
Once again I can't speak for all beardies but Secret is the best off leash dog I've ever seen. Her "down stay" is off the chart. Her ability to quickly learn is outstanding.... she potty trained in 3 days !! She responds to voice, hand and whistle commands. She was a complete noob until she turned about 2 1/2 then the "LIGHT" just came on and she "GOT IT"
Beardie pups are born jet black with white (except for the brown/tan version) and lose that baby fur at around 9-12 months when they become very light grey and soft. The outer coat will then darken to some degree of medium to dark gray and turn somewhat coarse . They can look really silly in the middle of this change !!
Beardies are magnificent ...a dog for all seasons, a dog for all reasons... not too many people know or realize this.( even your typical dodgster wise guys)...notice how many responses you've got so far to your post....typical. Go for it ... you'll be pleasantly surprised !
THE SCOTTISH HAIRY MOU'ED COLLIE ROCKS ......
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