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Collie Adoption

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What do you need to know before you adopt a Collie? We asked the experts!
 

Southland Collie Rescue - San Bernardino County says:

Collies make wonderful, devoted family companions, as they are gentle, loyal, intelligent, and affectionate. They are a medium to a large sized dog. Collies are in the Herding Dog category and, like Lassie, gentle protectors of the family. Since they are dogs with a working heritage, they need daily physical and mental stimulation. But they are not happy being "outside dogs" and need to be inside, part of the family, and included in all your activities. If left outside they can become barkers and the young dogs can be destructive (chewing up sprinklers, barking at cars, etc.) Collies come in two coat varieties, Rough and Smooth. Be prepared to keep on top of grooming these double-coated dogs. Treat yourself to a professional grooming of your rough coated Collie every 8 weeks along with your weekly grooming. Like all dogs, Collies need to be socialized with people and other critters beginning as puppies. Collies are very sensitive, learn quickly, and like to please. With socialization and some basic GENTLE obedience training, you will have the perfect family addition.

Tri State Collie Rescue says:

It’s tough to put all the wonderful things about collies into one or two sentences. After all, many novels have been written about Collies' intelligence, loyalty, kindness, courage, and beauty. Whether they are called Lassie or Laddie, Collies are truly perfect companions for both young and old, comfortable in cities, suburbs, and on farms. All-around Renaissance dogs in either rough or smooth varieties. But sadly, even these magnificent creatures end up in rescue. Potential adopters should do their research before adopting any breed, including Collies. Know their size, life span, grooming and health issues, including Collies’ sensitivities to some commonly prescribed medications.

More about Collies:

The Collie is usually an extremely devoted family dog that is especially patient with children. Those who share their homes with Collies and Collie mixes often describe them as friendly, loyal, gentle, sensitive, mild-mannered and extremely intelligent. This breed was intended to herd, and young Collies may even try to herd humans until taught not to do so. Though a Collie thoroughly enjoys walking, playtime and other forms of exercise they are also content to be couch potatoes right alongside their people.  Be sure to provide your Collie with plenty of water and access to shade in warm weather.

Collies have two different types of coat varieties: smooth and rough. The smooth coated Collie requires brushing every week or two. The rough coated Collie will shed heavily twice each year as the seasons change. Care must be taken not to allow this longer coat to become matted.

Your Collie or Collie mix should thoroughly enjoy long walks as well as the opportunity for some off leash romping in a safe area.

Collies are considered to be a generally healthy breed. Some may be inclined to eye defects, lameness or arthritis. They may also need sunblock, especially on and around the nose where the skin is quite sensitive. Some members of this breed may also carry the MDR1 gene. If so these dogs will have an extreme sensitivity to certain drugs that would otherwise be safe for them. The reaction to these drugs can be fata

More about the Collie

Thinking about adopting a Collie puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:

1. You have kids.

Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Collie puppy (or, gasp! find a Collie puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Collie puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears.  Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order.  Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display.  When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals.  This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.

2.  You value your possessions.

Puppies teethe.  They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos.  Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Collie (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.

3.  You work, or otherwise leave the house.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old Collie puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Collie rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a Collie

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Collie adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

  • You CAN find purebred Collies for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Collies and Collie puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a Collie puppy.  Collie puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Collie, even a Collie puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a Collie puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Collie if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your Collie would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  Collie rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Collie you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Collie to their family!

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