Rescue FAQ

Where do most Beardie rescues come from?
Very few Beardies we place actually come from shelters. Quite a few dogs are what we term “rehomes” – dogs that must be placed due to their owner’s inability to keep them.

 • How long will I have to wait for a rescue Beardie?
Depending on your criteria, you may have to wait anywhere from a month to a year. There are very few Beardie rescues in Canada and Beardies will be placed in the most suitable home – not on a first come first served basis.

Can I get a puppy through the rescue programme?
No. There have been no puppies in the Rescue programme in the past.

Can I breed my rescue/rehome dog?
No. All dogs that are placed through the Bearded Collie Club of Canada are spayed or neutered.

How do adult Beardies adapt to their new homes and families?
It may take as long as a year for a Beardie to fully adapt to its new surroundings. However, some seem to feel right at home in a matter of weeks

Young bearded collie sitting on a porch.

 • I don’t have time/energy for a puppy. Is an adult rescue/rehome dog a better choice for me?
Not always. It really depends on the dog. Some Beardies have had very little training and will require the same amount of time as a new puppy. Some rehomes have had excellent care and training and will only need help to make the transition from one home to another. Lots of guidance and positive training will help your new Beardie adjust quickly.

What is a Neardie?
A Neardie is a Beardie mix. The most important feature would be that the dog has the Beardie temperament. From time to time, we may have dogs in shelters that fit the description of having some Beardie in their backgrounds. Every effort is made to assess the dog and if you have indicated that you might be interested in a Neardie you will be contacted to go and see the dog in the shelter and make a decision on your own whether the dog is suitable for you and your family.

Beardies are very expensive. Can I get one cheaper through rescue?
We do ask for a donation to the rescue fund when a dog is adopted. The amount is up to the individual. However, the adopter needs to realize that a dog can be an expensive venture. Sometimes medical histories are unknown and problems could develop. A DOG IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT.