Almost every child wants to own Lassie, the
wonder Collie. Unfortunately, if the child really expects
one dog to be that incredible, a Collie puppy may be a bit
of a disappointment. After all, in real life, Lassie is
actually played by several hard working Collies.
The Collie was originally bred to herd sheep and still has a
strong protective instinct, which makes the breed an excellent
choice for a family dog. Of course, not every Collie is a
highly intelligent, diligent protector. Some of these dogs are
high strung and nervous, but most are wonderful with children.
The American Kennel Club classifies the Collie as part of the
Herding Group. These dogs weigh 55 to 80 pounds and stand 22 to
26 inches tall.
The Collie is strong and graceful and
has plenty of endurance. This dog's almond shaped eyes seem to
sparkle with intelligence, whether they are brown or blue in
color. The Collie's prick ears give it an alert appearance. The
Collie can be rough or smooth coated. The rough coat is longer
and fuller than the smooth coat. This breed can come in sable
and white, tricolor, or blue merle
The Collie enjoys living in the midst of an active family.
This breed is not a good choice for apartment living, since it
loves to spend time outside. A home with a large yard is ideal
for the Collie breed.
Although the Collie is friendly and outgoing, this dog is
protective of its family and takes its duties as a watchdog
seriously. Your Collie will bark at intruders, whether they are
people, cats, squirrels, or pieces of trash blowing around the
The Collie can be quite headstrong and can get into quite a
lot of mischief as a puppy. You should consider attending puppy
obedience classes with your Collie, since it is easier to train
a small puppy who hasn't developed bad habits than a sixty
pound dog that has. Also, be sure to be firm with your puppy
about staying on the floor if you do not want Collie hair on
all of your furniture. Once you allow your dog on the
furniture, he will feel that he has a right to be there any
time you leave the room.
The Collie breed has very few health problems. Eye diseases and
PRA are the most common problems these dogs face. In fact, you
are much more likely to take your puppy to the veterinarian
because he has injured himself while jumping from a moving
vehicle or exploring his surroundings than you will for a
Collies are quite happy to pack away plenty of food. These
dogs have a tendency to overeat, so it is best to give them
three small meals a day. If your Collie develops a bulge around
his middle, talk to your veterinarian about switching to a food
that promotes weight loss.
Although a rough coated Collie has long hair, the Collie
does not need extensive grooming. Brush through your dog's coat
several times a week to avoid mats, paying close attention to
the hair around his face, behind his ears, and around his
The Collie is an intelligent family dog. If you want a dog
who will protect your family and will play with the kids, the
Collie may just be the perfect pet for you.