The Collie has a long history. It is believed that it evolved in Scotland, from the dogs of Roman soldiers, around 55 BC. C. They were originally bred to herd sheep, and that instinct can sometimes be seen in young cubs that will nip people’s heels. So it’s not surprising that the American Kennel Club classifies the Collie as part of the Herding Group.
These dogs weigh between 55 and 80 pounds and reach 22 to 26 inches tall. The coat can be smooth or rough. The rough coat is longer and much denser than the smooth coat. There are three recognized colors: sable and white, tricolor or merle blue.
It is a very intelligent breed, which has inherited a strong protective instinct. A dog of true substance, the Collie is famous for its endurance. This is a dog of true beauty and cool dignity. The pointed ears give him an alert look, and his almond-shaped eyes sparkle with sympathy.
This is a family oriented dog and thrives in a busy home. This breed is not a good choice for apartment dwellers. A house with a large yard is best for these dogs. They need a lot of exercise, on and off the leash. They love ball games, in fact any game that they have fun will captivate the Collie.
These dogs are often outgoing and friendly, but will take their duties as a guardian dog and protector of the family seriously. They are wary of strangers and will bark at all intruders. People, dogs, cats, squirrels, if it moves it will challenge you.
A collie can be quite willful and headstrong, and this can lead to mischief when he is a puppy. So finding a dog training method that works is a good idea. Also, check out the puppy obedience classes in your area. This is a great way to socialize your dog early on. Trust me, it is much easier to train a small puppy who has not yet developed bad clothes than an adult dog who has.
This breed has relatively few health problems. Eye diseases like PRA are the most common problems. Unfortunately, like all popular breeds, the prospect of profit creates a number of unscrupulous breeders. Very nervous and nervous dogs are just two of the problems caused by these thieves. So be sure to only consider buying a dog from a reputable breeder.
Although the Collie has a long, dense coat, it does not need extensive grooming. Brush your dog’s coat several times a week to remove dirt and avoid rugs. They are big shedders, twice a year. Therefore, you must be firm with your puppy when jumping on your furniture. If you allow him to climb into bed in your presence, don’t blame him if you think he has the right to be there every time you leave the room.
Like almost all dogs, the Collie enjoys its food. You will overeat if you allow it. So the best way is to start as you intend to continue, simply by feeding yourself enough. If necessary, feed him 3 small meals a day.
The Collie is a bright and familiar dog. There are one or two things to consider before committing to this breed. But you can’t go wrong choosing a healthy, well-behaved Collie as the ideal family pet.