(aka: Rough Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie)
The Collie is probably best known for its role as Lassie, and is a graceful, elegant, and attractive dog with a sturdy build and a keen expression. The Collie weighs in at around 50-75 pounds, with weight varying based on the sex of the dog. The coat of the Collie is fairly long with a dense undercoat. The coloring of the coat can vary and includes white, sable and white, tri-colored, and blue merle. The Collie carries himself with real grace and dignity, and for many is considered one of the most handsome and elegant breeds.
A well balanced, sociable, and intelligent breed, the Collie is a dog that makes an excellent family pet, offering a good natured personality, plenty of affection and devotion, and bags of loyalty for the right owner. The Collie is a breed that tends to get along with everyone, from children and adults to pets and even strangers. These are sensitive dogs, and need plenty of attention and love from owners. The Collie loves to spend time with his family, and will enjoy getting involved in a range of activities from exercise activities to play and recreation.
Dependable, responsive, and intelligent, the Collie is a dog that has a well above average learning rate which makes him easy to train using the right methods (positive reward based training). These dogs are well suited to the more inexperienced dog owner as well as the experienced. The sweet nature of the Collie means that some dogs in this breed may be timid, and this means that early socialization is important in order to build confidence. The Collie will bark in order to raise an alarm if something is amiss, and this means that he can be an effective watchdog. The Collie does not like to live in an environment that is noise and fraught with tension, and a calm household is the ideal environment for this breed.
When it comes to grooming the Collie needs to gave his coat brushed once weekly, and this will need to be stepped up at times when he is shedding more heavily, which occurs for two out of four seasons. The heavy shedding of the Collie during the spring and fall means that he may not be the ideal choice of allergy sufferers. There are two varieties of collie, which includes the rough coated and the smooth coated Collie, and the grooming requirements can vary based upon the type of Collie that you have.
This breed originated in the highlands of Scotland where for centuries they were used as sheepdog and helped their master in herding and guarding the flock. Earlier they were barely known except in Scotland but now they are popular all over the world. It is generally believed that these dogs got their name from the work they used to do i.e. the Scottish Black faced Sheep known as Colley.
Queen Victoria liked Collies very much and she kept them at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Her fondness and love for Collies helped them in gaining recognition and made them popular all over the world.
The modern type of breed basically developed in England in the late 1800s and popularly called the Scottish collie in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Collies at that time used to be petite, had broad heads and shorter muzzles as compared to present rough and smooth collies. Collies were first presented as "Scotch Sheep-Dogs" at Birmingham (England) in a dog show in 1860s. The ancestors of the modern Collie were first exhibited as "Scotch Sheep-Dogs" in the 1860 Birmingham (England) dog show.
Collies are imported to England in 1879 for the very first time. It is from here, they developed and today known to be as very lovable and wonderful breed capable to perform multiple functions in return of just good care and desired attention.
Collies are very agile and easy to train dogs. They demand proper training full of activity and challenges. These dogs need a physical workout of about 60-80 minutes per day. They don't like repetitions in method of training as they become bore easily due to which they can turn lethargic. So Collies need interesting and motivating review sessions, which can force them to utilize their energy and skill.
So, if you are having a Collie or Desire to have one then you have to be very patient and friendly with proper time and attention required for Collies. And if you have children, then it can serve as an added advantage as Collies love to be in company of Children. Take very good care of your Collie who just want love in return of love.
The life expectancy of the Collie is around 12-14 years, and there are various health problems linked to this breed. This includes eye problems, PRA, thyroid problems, epilepsy, skin problems, and bloat. The parents of the Collie puppy should have CERF certificates.