are herding dogs.
These days Collies can do
many different activities.
Collies can grow up to 26 inches tall and weigh between 50-75 pounds. Males are usually bigger than females. The life of the Collie is 12-14 years.
The collie's temperament makes it one of the finest family pets. These are highly responsive dogs that want to please their owners.
Collies are affectionate with children, family members, and other familiar adults, and are generally friendly with other animals.
Collies are loyal and affectionate, so the more you hug and pet your Collie, the happier he will be.
Collies are very social, which means they like people and other animals. They trust you to take good care of them.
Collies can be reserved with strangers without behaving aggressively, although they may bark when they feel they are needed as watchdogs or when they want attention.
The temperament of The Rough and the Smooth Collie is basically the same, in that they are both loving and loyal. The Smooth Collie is more agile, possibly more inquisitive, and sometimes noisier. However, it is always difficult to assess how strong an influence the home environment is on the individual Collie's temperament.
Collies are very sweet and proud. They don't need harsh words when they do something wrong. Just show them what they should have done and they will be happy to change.
Collies are very trainable. That means they learn quickly when taught with patience and kindness. They can learn almost anything one teaches them. They love agility, flyball, tracking, and they especially love to learn tricks. They excel in obedience training when handled gently and with positive reinforcement, as long as the sessions are varied (repetitive activities bore these intelligent dogs) and interspersed with retrieving and jumping.
A Collie's coat has two layers: the beautiful hair you can see, and a hidden, second coat called an undercoat. This undercoat helps a Collie stay warm and dry in cold weather and it protects his skin from the hot sun, too.
The collie is bred in four
colors: sable and white, tricolor, blue merle, and white. While collies do
not change color from birth, it may take several years for their coats to
reach maximum pigmentation.
The rough collie's coat
requires a considerable time commitment: it needs to be brushed every day
when shedding and several times a week at other times or it will become
severely matted and will need to be clipped.
Collies became popular in the 1860s, when Queen Victoria became infatuated with them after seeing them herd sheep.
The collie had been used as a herding dog in the border counties of northern England and Scotland. Its earliest ancestors may have been the herding dogs that accompanied the Romans across what is now Britain around 500 B.C.
Breed-related health concerns: collie eye anomaly (a congenital defect that occasionally causes blindness), progressive retinal atrophy.
Is a Collie right for you?
Questions to ask yourself
Something special about the collie has caught your eye. Was it their beautiful coats? Their loving demeanor? Or do you know someone who has a collie dog and you want one too? Perhaps, you might just be interested in Lassie and want a dog like that! Whatever the reason, you shouldn't make a snap decision to purchase a collie puppy. Lots of thought must go into the preparation for bringing a new life into your home!
Questions to ask yourself
· Do you have enough money? Collies are big dogs! They require regular (and emergency) visits to the vet, inoculations, food, toys, comfy blankets to sleep on, a dog house and fence if staying outside, leashes, collars, ID's, and grooming tools.
· Do you have time to train a collie? Collies are very intelligent and require high mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy.
· Do you have time to groom your collie? Rough collie coats get matted very easily if not brushed a few times a week. Once the tangles are there, you'll have a hard time getting them out (plus they hurt your collie!)
· Does your family situation permit the addition of a new pet? If you have just gone through birth of a child, it would not be wise to add a new collie simply because of all the attention each would need.
· What kind of place do you live in? Remember, collies do well living indoors, but they do not do well with an inactive lifestyle. They need plenty of exercise and lots of space to let off energy. If you are unable to provide them with the bare minimum of a routine "walk" around the neighborhood, then the collie is not for you.
· Are you forgetful? Collies need routine feeding, watering, training, and lots of other things! You can not go for days and then suddenly "remember" that your collie is in the backyard and hasn't been fed for a week.
· Do other family members actually want a collie in the household? This may seem like a simple question, but it is one of the most important! If your spouse or any other person in your home is at odds with the idea, and you bring home a collie anyway, then your relationship could be in for a rough road ahead. Always respect others wishes and ideas - after all, it is their home too!
Do I want a puppy?
The collie puppy is a
beautiful site to behold. However, this little ball of fur will soon turn
your house upside down if you are not prepared. Like all breeds, the collie
puppy needs great amounts of attention. You will also find yourself spending
plenty of money those first few months!
Remember, before he arrives you need:
How about adopting an older Collie?
Rescue is a wonderful cause to contribute to. Sadly, there are numerous
abandoned, abused, neglected, and unwanted collies out there. Collie Rescue
groups take in these poor collies and strive to find a wonderful, happy home
How do I go about getting my own Collie?
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