Collies hold a special place in our hearts, thanks to Lassie’s role in popular culture. Their reputation as intelligent, athletic, loyal companions is well earned, but Collies are not the easiest dogs to train and live with. Keeping them groomed and exercised can feel like a full time job, and those marvelous herding instincts can be more of a curse than a blessing when they try to “herd” the birthday party guests by nipping at their heels.
Male: 60-75 lbs.
Female: 60-65 lbs.
Collies are part of the herding family of dogs and need a lot of exercise to prevent restlessness. They are great runners and, in addition to walks, will enjoy daily off-leash time at the local dog park or out in the country.
There are two varieties of Collie, the more common Rough Collie (Lassie) with the longer coat and the Smooth Collie, which has much shorter hair. Both varieties do shed, but the Rough Collie requires brushing every other day and more in periods of intense shedding. The Smooth Collie needs less attention to grooming.
Barking and Volume:
Collies do like to bark, but how else would they let you know that little “Timmy” has fallen into the well?
Collies are intelligent and eager to please, but their size and athleticism make obedience classes a wise investment. A well-trained Collie is a joy to be around but an unruly, untrained dog is a handful.
Health Factors: Collies are susceptible to eye problems and so it is important to choose a reputable breeder in order to mitigate risk.
Grooming: Diligent home grooming is required.
Training: Formal obedience training is recommended.
The Rough Collie’s long, full coat combined with his active lifestyle demands regular attention and daily brushing. The Smooth Collie requires less frequent brushing. Collies are happiest in the great outdoors, where they will inevitably collect burrs and other debris in their coats. If left unchecked, tangles will can become uncomfortable for your dog. In addition to thorough brushing every other day or or so, be prepared to spend a few minutes checking them over from nose to tail whenever they come inside.
Collies are great for families with kids. They love children so much, however, that they may attempt to herd them and nip at their heels. Consistent corrections will discourage this instinct.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Collies are friendly with other dogs and will enjoy the chance to romp. They are reliable with other pets but watch out for those herding instincts.
Friendliness Towards People:
Collies are wonderful companions and will welcome strangers into the fold. Their loyalty and exuberance have won them a well-deserved place in the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.
BE PREPARED FOR:
The Collie will win fans wherever you go, but his serious grooming and exercise requirements may leave you feeling like you are your dog’s personal assistant. On the upside, if “Timmy” ever falls into a well, you’ll be quickly informed.