Have you ever been drawn to a dog because they have a unique look? Maybe they have facial hair that gives them a distinctive characterful appearance.
When considering offering a home to a dog, it's important to also take into account the dogs temperament too. Don't forget that bearded dogs often have more intensive grooming requirements too. These dogs with beards all have their own unique charms and challenges.
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The Airedale Terrier is often referred to as the 'King of Terriers'. This is, in part, due to their size—they're the largest of all the terrier breeds. It's also due to their regal look and temperament. These dogs are incredibly smart, adaptable, have a bucket load of energy and stamina, and they're full of character.
Their strong personality means a novice dog owner may find an Airedale a challenge. They can be independent and might have a stubborn streak; you're certainly not going to have an obliging lap dog in this dog.
Like many terriers, Airedales have a strong prey drive and you may need to work hard on training a solid recall. It also means they won't be best suited for a household with other small furries.
An Airedales hard, wiry and dense topcoat isn't difficult to maintain, although their coat will need an occasional strip, to prevent it from looking to unruly. They also grow more hair around their muzzle, giving them a very distinct beard. Be prepared for this absorbing lots of water and muck. It may need a good clean and dry off after a wet walk, or even a drink of water!
22 to 24 inches
40 to 65 pounds
Hard, wiry, dense, straight, short topcoat, with a softer undercoat; head and ears are tan, and the body is a mix of tan and black or dark grizzle; distinctive beard, and they are the largest of the terrier breeds.
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When you think of dogs with beards, the Miniature Schnauzer might be the breed that springs to many peoples mind. They commonly come in salt and pepper coloring and, with their profuse and distinctive eyebrows and beards, they have a bit of an 'old man' look that many breed enthusiasts fall in love with.
These adaptable little dogs tend to settle just as well in an apartment, providing they get enough exercise, as they will living on a farm. They enjoy spending time around their people and, with the right introductions, can get on well with other dogs. Because of their ratting background, however, they can have the drive to chase after small furries.
One thing you may have to work on more than anything else is training to make sure their barking doesn't get out of control. They're notoriously vocal and can be prolific alert barkers. Mini Schnauzers, with their wiry topcoat, shed very little and their grooming regime isn't intensive. Their coat will need to be clipped occasionally to prevent it from getting unruly, and you may even need to trim their eyebrows and beard more frequently too.
12 to 14 inches
11 to 19 pounds
Short, wiry topcoat and soft undercoat; most commonly seen in salt and pepper but can also be found in black and silver and solid black; old man appearance because of the longer hairs that grow on their face, particularly their eyebrows and beard
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Brussels Griffons stand out because of their beards, which can sometimes reach epic proportions, but they're also little dogs full of character and charm.
The breed is native to Belgium, where they were originally developed as expert ratters for the stables of coachmen. Their personalities and unique appearance soon caught the eyes of the aristocracy, and their popularity grew when Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium started to breed them.
When it comes to strangers and boisterous children, Griffs aren't always the most tolerant. This means they aren't necessarily suited to a home with young kids, and they will need plenty of socialization and gentle training to ensure they don't become nervous or reactive when they meet new people.
Aside from trimming and cleaning of that profuse beard, your Brussels Griffon won't have a high maintenance grooming regime.
7 to 10 inches
6 to 12 pounds
Smooth coat or rough coat in red, black and tan, solid black, or belge (mix of black and reddish brown); distinctive black muzzle and beard
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The Scottish Terrier has, perhaps, one of the most well-known dog silhouettes around. With their long nose, full skirt on their body, and a prominent beard, they are recognized the world over.
Be prepared to put the work in when it comes to training a Scottie. They can be very strong-willed, independent and tenacious. They won't respond well to you trying to force them to do something they don't want to. If you're patient, keep sessions short to prevent your Scottie getting bored, and use positive reinforcement training techniques, you may be surprised by how quickly they pick things up. This breed is smart; it's just they often choose to do things their way!
Scotties tend to be unfailingly loyal to their family and will form strong attachments, but this doesn't mean they're a lapdog. They tend to be free-spirited and will usually look for attention on their own terms.
If you keep your Scottie's coat in the longer style, with a full skirt, you'll need to adopt a more regular grooming regime to prevent knots or mats developing. They will also need clipping or hand-stripping periodically, as the coat grows continually and at a relatively fast rate.
19 to 22 pounds (males); 18 to 21 pounds (females)
A short, sturdy little dog with a long face and pronounced eyebrows and beard; hard, wiry outer coat that forms into a long skirt on the body when left untrimmed; most commonly found in black coloring, but they also come in wheaten and brindle
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We couldn't leave the breed that is affectionately known as the 'Beardie' off this list. Their beard is perhaps less distinct than some of the other breeds featured here, blending in with the overall long hair across their face, but it's there nonetheless.
Unlike some of the other popular Collie breeds, like the Border Collie or the Australian Cattle Dog, the working drive is less intense in this breed, making them less of a challenge as a family pet. Beardies are known for being exceptionally friendly with people and other dogs
Bearded Collies can also have a stubborn streak that means that, even though they're intelligent, you may need to be a bit more patient when it comes to training. You'll also need to change it up as they can get bored quickly too.
Of all the dogs featured on this list, the Beardie is the one with the most intensive grooming requirements. Don't consider this breed unless you're prepared to devote the time to this. If neglected, their coat can quickly become tangled and matted.
20 to 22 inches
45 to 55 pounds
This medium-sized breed has a distinctive shaggy look; long, coarse topcoat; colors include white with red, brown or brindle markings; a black mask is typically seen
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Like the Beardie, the Lhasa Apso is another dog that is known for having rather lavish facial hair, including a distinct beard. Their long coat served well keeping them warm in the harsh climates of the Himalayas in Tibet, where they originate from.
Although they're affectionate with their family, they can be somewhat aloof around strangers. Alert barking is common with the breed, and you may need to work on training alternative behaviors if this starts to become a problem.
Like the Beardie, the Lhasa Apso has a high-maintenance grooming regime. Their coat is constantly growing and, if your dog is kept with the long, flowing show style cut, they will need daily grooming to prevent knots and tangles from forming. Some owners choose to keep them in a shorter puppy cut. This is much more practical, but regular grooming will still be required.
10 to 11 inches
12 to 18 pounds
With their short muzzle, Lhasas can have a characterful underbite. They have a long, dense double coat. They come in a wide variety of colors but black, white, gold, gray, cream or a combination of these are common.
The bearded dog breeds on this list all have their own unique characteristics. If you're drawn to a particular breed, it's important to do your research to understand if their temperament, grooming and exercise requirements are going to match up with your lifestyle.
It's also worth being prepared for a little extra slobber, and regular beard trimming and cleaning to keep things under control!