Number 10 – The Bearded Collie
And right here at number 10, we have perhaps the most beautiful dog amongst all the bearded breeds. With its long, flowing coat, the Bearded Collie is a joy to look at – and to live with, as these dogs make immensely fun-loving and cheerful companions. Bearded Collies are ideal family dogs who usually get along great with other pets. The friendly sheepdog from Scotland comes with a wealth of facial hair that hangs down from its chin, forming quite a long and impressive beard.
Number 9 – The German Wirehaired Pointer
Unlike the sleek long hairs making up the Collie’s beard, the German Wirehaired Pointer’s beard is – you guessed it – wiry in its consistency. Which gives these highly energetic hunting dogs quite a distinguished appearance. It also makes the facial pride of some individuals almost rival that of a Schnauzer. If you happen to own a German Wirehaired Pointer, having their coats trimmed is a great idea. Not only will this make your dog look neater, it will also highlight its beard!
Number 8 – The Wirehaired Dachshund
Our next candidate on the number 8 spot is another hunting dog from Germany: the amazing, adorable and very capable Wirehaired Dachshund. Sadly for this little dog who has to put up with nicknames such as “Wiener Dog” or, even worse, “Sausage Dog”, it lacks the German Wirehaired Pointer’s considerable size and physical prowess. But when it comes to its pronounced wiry facial hair, the Wirehaired Dachshund is right up there with the Pointer. These little dogs come with huge personalities, and carrying quite impressive beards for their limited size distinguishes them from all the other Dachshunds types.
Number 7 – The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
And at number 7 on our list of the TOP 10 bearded dog breeds, we have the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Contrary to the majority of other terrier breeds, the Soft Coated Wheaten comes – you guessed it – with a soft and fluffy coat. And an equally soft, blond beard. Unfortunately, its light colour makes this friendly Terrier’s facial hair prone to getting dirty. So, if you are interested in getting one of these active and cheerful blond beauties, be prepared for regular beard-maintenance!
Number 6 – The Brussels Griffon Terrier
Our number 6 spot goes to another hunting dog of the terrier type - the quirky and strong-willed Brussels Griffon. To call this little fellow “bearded” is almost an understatement, as he is the only dog to carry such an impressively large moustache for his small size. In fact, the Brussels Griffon Terrier’s beards are their most distinguishing feature when compared to any other breed on the planet. Its thick, voluminous facial hair is even more emphasised by the dog’s snub-nosed face, making its beard literally stand out ahead of the nose. Which effectively makes the beard the first point of contact for anyone approaching the dog.
Number 5 – The Yorkshire Terrier
Similar to our beauty from Scotland, the Bearded Collie, the lively, sweet and affectionate Yorkshire Terrier’s beard is simply an extension of its naturally long facial hair. Which causes many considerate Yorkie owners to use hairclips to clear their dogs’ field of vision, so that they may see the world without having to peer through a furry curtain. Some owners trim their little Terrier’s silky beards to keep them from getting dirty.
Number 4 – The Airedale Terrier
On our number 4 spot, we have yet another terrier breed. But this is not just any terrier – we are speaking about the noble and dignified “King of Terriers”, the Airedale. Calm, gentle and well-mannered, Britain’s largest terrier is a true gentleman. A gentleman who comes with a nicely-shaped beard – curled and wiry like the rest of the Airedale Terrier’s coat. To be fair, whilst praising the Airedale’s facial fluff, we should also mention the very similar Welsh Terrier, who looks like a middle-sized version of the bigger terrier and comes with a very similar beard.
Number 3 – The Scottish Terrier
We have made it - here we are, at the TOP 3 positions on our list of the TOP 10 bearded dog breeds in the world. The Bronze Medal goes to another amazing dog native to Scotland – the quirky and adorably independent Scottish Terrier. Looking a bit like Schnauzers on short legs, Scotties have quite impressive beards for their limited body size: Long and dark brown, dark grey or black, the Scottish Terrier’s bushy beards are one of the breed’s most distinguishing features.
Number 2 – The Kerry Blue Terrier
Now, here we are at our second position on the pedestal – the prestigious Silver Medal Spot. Let’s see who has managed to conquer the second top spot among the TOP 10 bearded dog breeds of the canine world.
The dog I have picked for this position may surprise you, as this breed is not very well-known. However, the Kerry Blue Terrier is an absolutely amazing dog, and it certainly boasts an awe-inspiring beard: In line with the dog’s soft and wavy coat, its beard is soft, fluffy and impressively long. Which is why the Kerry Blue Terrier ALMOST made it to the very top of today’s list. In fact, its long and voluminous beard has put the Kerry Blue into a head-to-head race with my personal pick for our Gold Medal Spot.
Number 1 – The Giant Schnauzer
And now, we come to the absolute top-spot on our list of bearded canines. The Gold Medal goes to one of the best working- and guardian breeds on the planet: An immensely capable protector, this jet black giant is not a dog to “mess” with. And as impressive as the dog itself is its long, bushy and wiry beard. We are talking about no other than the amazing, unmistakable Giant Schnauzer. Its bushy eyebrows and enormous beards add even more cred to this dog’s stern appearance. Contrary to most of the other breeds on our list – like the friendly Bearded Collie or the cute little Dachshund - one look into a Giant Schnauzer’s eyes is enough to know: This dog means business. Popular police dogs and personal protection dogs, these German giants are an excellent choice for experienced owners who can lead such a powerful and strong-willed dog.