If you’ve always wanted a dog just like Lassie, then the Collie is the dog for you. Extremely smart and affectionate, the Collie fits into any home. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of a Collie
The Collie is a medium to large dog that stands up to 26 inches at the shoulder and weighs up to 34kg. The body is firm and muscular, with straight legs and a moderately long tail. The muzzle is long and well rounded and the eyes are almond shaped and medium in size. The Collie should have a bright, alert expression. The ears are in proportion with the head and are three quarters erect. The Collie coat can be smooth (short) or rough (long and coarse) and it comes in sable and white, tricolour, blue merle, and white with markings of one or more of the above colours.
The Collie Temperament
The Collie is known for being a graceful, agile, intelligent and loyal dog. They are very gentle and friendly and have a beautiful energetic and bouncy spirit. The Collie takes to training very well as, like stated, they are intelligent, and also have a compliant nature. They also get along well with other animals but be aware that their natural herding instinct may see them trying to round up your other pets from time to time! The Collie is excellent with children and genuinely loves all human company.
Caring for a Collie
The Collie requires grooming in the form of a thorough brushing at least once or twice a week. Rough coated Collies will require more grooming than their short coated counterparts. Your Collie will also need regular exercise in order to maintain its weight and to keep physically and mentally healthy. You should always buy your Collie from a reputable breeder in order to minimise the chance of your dog having hereditary health conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy, Collie eye anomaly, hip dysplasia, or nasal solar dermatitis (commonly called Collie nose). The Collie will live for up to 14 years.
Who is the Collie Suited To?
The Collie is an excellent family dog but they are great companions for all types of people. The Collie loves their family and likes to be involved in what’s going on so they need plenty of attention from their owners. They are not suited for owners that are not willing to spend a lot of time with their dog. The Collie does best when they have plenty of room to run around.