Breed of the Week: Collie

Collie

Breed of the Week: Collie

Collie

Appearance: 

The Collie stands 22-26 inches at the shoulder and weighs approximately 50-75lbs.  This breed comes in two styles with the only difference being the coat type and length. The Rough Coated Collie has a profuse coat that requires weekly brushing and moderate care.  The Smooth Coated variety has a tight dense coat that lies flat against the body and requires less care.  The Collie can be sable and white, tri-color, blue merle, or white in color.

Temperament: 

The Collie is a devoted family dog with an inquisitive and outgoing nature.  Active and sensitive, the Collie does not do well in urban environments and needs moderate exercise.  Originating as a herding breed, the Collie requires training at an early age and continued training and stimulation throughout their life. They do well in performance events such as agility or flyball.

Health Concerns:

Collies are prone to a few unique health concerns including Collie Eye Anomaly and MdR1 Mutations which can lead to sensitivities to certain medications including ivermectin and sedatives.  Similar to other dogs of medium to large size, they are also prone to hip and joint diseases.

Fun Facts

  • The most famous Collie in movies and literature was “Lassie” who is still considered the epitome of well-trained pets.
  • Originally bred in Scotland and England, the Collie became popular in the 1860s when Queen Victoria began sponsoring them.
  • While the Smooth Coated Collie is less popular than the Rough variety, they have the same disposition and characteristics. The coat length is the only defining difference.