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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