Sometimes confused with the Old English Sheepdog, this breed is an old breed, English, and a sheepdog, but the Bearded Collie is a completely different dog. Its long coat is harsh and dense, like the Old English, but is tail is intact and feathered. Beardies stand about 22 inches tall and weigh 40-60 pounds. To keep the coat unmatted and clean, weekly brushing sessions are a must. The Bearded Collie is a jubilant happy breed that loves the outdoors and the company of its family. Training these dogs is never a burden and many of the breed’s herding instincts are still intact, though few Beardies are used in this capacity today. Colors include black, brown, blue, fawn, each possibly mixed with white. Puppies are born dark and begin fading at eight weeks of age.