The Bearded Collie, known to his admiring flock as the Beardie, acquired his name from his well-furred muzzle; certainly his shaggy coat, which protects from the elements, gives him an irresistible, lovable charm. Known for centuries in Scotland and Northern England, the Bearded Collie has a happy temperament, a nice medium size and an irrepressible willingness to participate in activities with his family, whether on the farm, on the beach or just in the back yard with the kids. This is a fun-loving, adaptable and hardy dog for any owner seeking a bouncy pal to spend time with. Few breeds can compete with the Beardie s unique combination of loyalty, intelligence and sheer fun! This new Special Limited Edition provides everything a new owner needs to know about caring for and training a Bearded Collie. Author Bryony Harcourt-Brown, a long-time Beardie breeder from England, has written an insightful chapter on the breed s origins in its homeland, and guest author Christine Walkowicz has provided an insider s view of the breed s development in the US. This colorful handbook also covers the breed s characteristics and breed standard as well as helpful information about selecting and rearing a puppy, behavior and specific health concerns. With an emphasis on positive-training methods, the chapters on training cover everything from socialization and preventing puppy problems to house-training and obedience lessons. The well-illustrated chapter on preventive healthcare, written by popular author and veterinarian Dr. Lowell Ackerman, discusses all aspects of canine health including selecting a qualified vet, inoculations, parasite control and more. Every owner of a Beardie will welcome this comprehensive and entertaining new guide as a valuable addition to his home library.