The Collie is instantly recognizable. Widely accepted as one of the most elegant and beautiful of dogs. It has a long, narrow head with a long silky coat.
The History Of The Collie
The Collie is also known as Lassie Dog from the famous film series and the Scots Collie. They originated in Great Britain back in the 16th century.
The Rough Collie is an ancient breed of herding dog and shares a heritage with the Border Collie. During the 1860's the Rough Collie breeders interested in the beauty of the dog, bred it to increase body size and the thickness of its coat.
It was the patronage of Queen Victoria that brought the into vogue during the late 19th century.
Description Of The Collie
The tail is long, carried low and never altered. The unaltered ears are triangular and fold forward at the tips.
An elegant and agile, long-coated sheepdog became an icon through the movie star, Lassie. The thin, tapered head gives an impression of lightness. The top of the head is flat and the face chiseled. The muzzle is long, smooth and rounded with a blunt muzzle and black nose. Ears are erect with the tips folding forward.
The almond shaped eyes are dark, with the exception of blue merles, that sometimes have blue or merle eyes. The body is trim and muscular and is slightly longer than it is tall. The chest is strong and quite wide.
Dogs are 24 - 26 inches tall at the shoulder and bitches from 22 - 24 inches.
Dogs weigh in at 60 - 75 pounds and bitches from 50 - 65 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The stiff coat sheds dirt and so a good brushing once a week will keep it in good condition. Extra care should be taken when the soft dense undercoat is being shed.
An intelligent dog with a sensitive nature. They are easy to train and loyal. Good with other pets and friendly with other dogs. Devoted and protective of his family.
A perfect children's companion with occasional exceptions. They can be headstrong and must be trained sympathetically or they may rebel. Some can show herding behavior as puppies, such as nipping at heels but they generally outgrow this behavior. Puppies house train quickly.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Collie is around 14 - 16 years.
Generally healthy, some lines are prone to PRA, eye defects and hip problems which can lead to acute lameness and arthritis.
Seeing your veterinarian is advisable for a clearance certificate before purchasing a puppy. The nose tip may be sensitive to the sun. Buy only from a reputable breeder.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Collie will be OK in an apartment given sufficiently exercise. They do, however, shed heavily, particularly females. Relatively inactive indoors and prefer an average-sized yard. They are sensitive to the heat so provide plenty of shade and fresh water.
The Collie needs a lot of exercise, preferably off the leash.
For More Information on the Collie
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A very attractive dog that gets on with the kids. Needs plenty of exercise and patience with grooming during shedding.
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