AKC Group: Herding
Originating from the Scottish Highlands, Collies were used as sheepdogs, herding and guarding their master’s flocks. Queen Victoria became enamored with these gorgeous dogs which helped them gain worldwide recognition. The modern Collie was developed in England in the late 1800s. The “English” Collie was smaller with a broad head and a shorter muzzle.
Size: 22 to 25 inches tall; 50 to 75 pounds
Color: Sable and white; tricolor or blue merle
Life span: 14 to 16 years
Health problems: Eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, thyroid issues, epilepsy, skin problems or bloat.
Collies are graceful, elegant, attractive dogs with a sturdy build. The Collie coat is long over top of a dense undercoat. A Collie carries himself with grace and dignity. Collies are considered to be the most handsome and elegant of all breeds. Collies are sociable and intelligent, they make one of the best pets a family can have. They are good natured, affectionate and devoted. You can tell how much your Collie loves you by his level of loyalty. Collies typically get along well with everyone. They love to spend the day involved in all family plans and activities. If a situation calls for it, a Collie can sound the alarm. They do not like noise or tension. They fare better in a calm household.
Surprisingly, a Collie only needs to be brushed weekly. (During shedding season, he does require more attention.) Collies are super easy to train. They do need proper training however and require life-long mental stimulation as they can become bored easily. A Collie needs to burn off his excess energy, about 60 to 80 minutes of exercise every day. Their high level of intelligence tells you that he will respond best to praise and positive reinforcements. Feel free to have your children help out with the training process. It’s a wonderful bonding experience and your Collie will relish the attention and can use the change of pace from having just one trainer.