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overview of the Collie Dog Breed
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Collies are gentle, loyal, loving, and eager to please their owners! Originally bred to herd sheep in Scotland, Collies have beautiful, thick coats and naturally protective instincts. They love people and are easy to train.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. There’s a reason this breed is legendary!
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Intelligent: Collies are bright and eager to please, which means they are easy to train. Collies are happiest when involved with family activities and can turn to destructive behavior or incessant barking when they are bored.
Medium-energy: While Collies enjoy working, they are calmer and less intense than some other herding breeds. They still need regular exercise, though, and are happiest with a backyard for regular playtimes, games of fetch, and learning new tricks.
Good with children: If you’ve ever seen a movie about Lassie, you know that the Collie loves children and is very gentle. In addition, Collies have a protective nature and will let you know if something isn’t right.
Beautiful: The Rough-Coated Collie has one of the most stunning coats in the dog kingdom! It’s thick, flowing coat and mane and wedged-shaped head give this breed a majestic appearance.
Alert: Collies are naturally alert and have a strong sense of vigilance. As puppies, they may be curious about their surroundings and readily alert their owners to any potential threats.
Loyal: Collies are fiercely loyal to their families. Even as puppies, they may form strong attachments to their human companions and exhibit protective behavior.
Ideal Family Dog: Devoted, intelligent, affectionate, gentle, yet protective: the Collie is an ideal family dog!
Remember that individual puppies may vary in their temperament and behavior, and early socialization and training are essential to help them develop into well-rounded and well-behaved adult Collies. It’s important to provide Collie puppies with a loving and stimulating environment to ensure they grow up to be happy and confident dogs.
Collie Breed history
Collies have their beginnings as hardworking Scottish herding dogs.
There is some debate about where the name Collie originated. It may be derived from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “black,” or it may come from the kind of sheep which Collies often worked with: Colleys.
During the 1800s, farmers were more concerned about the herding skills and intelligence in Collies than the dogs’ appearance. This led to a wide variety in
appearance within the breed.
Collies remained humble farm dogs until the 1860s when dog-loving Queen Victoria fell in love with them while staying at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. She brought a few Collies back to England with her, and many people fell in love with the elegant and gentle Collie.
The Collie continued to grow in popularity throughout the latter half of the 1800s. Collies became popular companions to the wealthy and were shown at their first dog show in 1860. They were simply classified as “Scotch Sheep Dogs.”
The first Collie was brought to America in 1879, and in 1886 the Collie Club of America was formed. It’s one of the oldest canine specialty clubs.
In the 20th century, author and Collie breeder Albert Payson Terhune of New Jersey wrote popular books for young readers about his Collies, including Lad: A Dog and Sunnybank, Home of Lad.
Follow-up series and remakes continued into the 1990s.
This further popularized Collies as dedicated, intelligent companions and ideal dogs for families and children.
Today, Collies rank number 38 in popularity out of all breeds registered with AKC.
Collie Average size
Male Collies weigh 60-75 pounds and measure 24-26 inches tall at the shoulder. Female Collies weigh 50-65 pounds and measure 22-24 inches tall at the shoulder.
Average Collie lifespan
Collies usually live 12-14 years.
Collie body features
The rough-coated Collie has a thick, majestic, flowing coat – one of the most impressive coats of the dog kingdom!
Collies also have an elegant wedge-shaped head and almond-shaped eyes.
Collies can be sable and white, tricolor, blue merle, or white.
grooming Your Collie Puppy
There are two types of Collies: the rough-coated Collie, which is the long-haired, classic Collie, and the smooth-coated Collie, which has a short, dense coat.
Both types of Collies have dense undercoats and shed seasonally.
The rough-coated Collie will need a thorough brushing 1-2 times a week and will shed heavily once or twice a year. Brushing a dog with such long, thick hair can be quite a chore, and it is helpful to ask for instruction from a Collie breeder or groomer.
The smooth-coated Collie won’t take quite as much work. They will need to be brushed once a week and more often during heavy shedding seasons.
Plan to bathe your Collie about once a month or when they get dirty.
Your Collie will also need its nails trimmed, and teeth brushed regularly.
Keeping Your Collie Puppy Healthy
Collies are generally healthy, however; dog owners need to be aware of conditions that may affect their dog.
Bloat is when the stomach becomes twisted, and the gases in the stomach are unable to escape. The pressure from these gases affects the blood flow to the heart, and it can be fatal.
To prevent bloat:
- Avoid feeding your dog right before or after heavy exercise.
- Feed them a few smaller meals a day instead of one large meal to prevent bloat.
- Learn to recognize the symptoms of bloat so you can take action immediately.
Some owners choose to have surgery done to tack their dog’s stomach in place and prevent it from twisting.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Like all dog breeds, they are at risk for hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues in dogs.
Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the thigh bone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip and can result in limping, lameness, or arthritis if it’s not addressed.
Hip and elbow dysplasia can be genetic, or it can be caused by environmental factors such as overeating or injuries.
Here are some ways to prevent hip dysplasia in your puppy:
- Ask the breeder for an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Hip Clearance. Dogs with hip dysplasia shouldn’t be bred.
- Talk to your vet about the right food for your puppy and stick to the correct amount to prevent unhealthy growth.
- Keep your puppy from running or jumping excessively on hard surfaces and from standing on their hind legs.
Other Conditions That May Affect Your Collie
Protecting Your Dog from Obesity
You can protect your dog from one of the most common health problems: obesity. One of the best ways to extend your dog’s life is by feeding them the correct amount of food and giving them adequate exercise.
Typical Collie Allergens
First of all, what causes allergies?
Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. Both animals and humans shed these dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the fur that dogs shed.
Because of their thick double coat, Collies are not considered an allergen-friendly breed. However, allergens will be lower if they are brushed regularly and kept clean.
Remember, each puppy has a different combination of genes, so allergens vary from dog to dog. Spending time with a puppy before adopting them is a good way to know if you are triggered by their allergens.
If you or someone in your home has animal allergy concerns, please consult your health provider before adopting a puppy.