Collie Dog Breed Information

Collie Quick Facts
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Nickname: Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie
Weight: 50-75 lbs
Height: 22-26 inches
Color(s): Sable and white; tricolor, blue merle; white (predominantly white, preferably with markings)

Collie Appearance

The Collies is a large, strong and agile dog. They are graceful, attractive, they are considered by many one of the most handsome and elegant breeds. It has a long, slant wedge shape head with almond shaped medium size eyes that are brown or blue, a black nose and high folded ears that gives him a foxy impression. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The neck is firm, and the tail is moderately long.

There are two coat varieties, the rough and smooth. The rough coat is long and abundant all over the body but is shorter on the head and legs and the coat forms a mane around the neck and chest. The smooth coat variety has a short one inch coat all over the body. The coat coloring are sable and white; tricolor, blue merle; white (predominantly white, preferable with markings). The Collies weigh in at around 50-75 pounds and his height is around 20-26 inches.

Collie Temperament

The Collie is a highly intelligent dog, gentle, easygoing, sweet, and loyal to his owner. This breed is good-natured, easy to train, friendly and tends to get along with everyone, from children and adults to pets and even strangers. The Collie is a devoted family dog, protective and loves to spend time with his family; they will enjoy getting involved in a range of activities. A good play or walk on leash is needed every day to keep then healthy.

Is Collie the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Collie will dog okay in an apartment as long as they are sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least an average-sized yard. These breed are well suited to the more inexperienced as well as the experienced dog owner. Early socialization is important in order to build confidence. The Collie can be an effective watchdog, they will bark in order to raise an alarm if something is unusual. They can live outdoors in temperate to cold climates, but is far happier indoors where they could get plenty of attention and love from its owners.

Collie Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Collie is around 12-14 years.

Collie Health problems

Collies are a relatively healthy. Some concerns are Gastric Torsion, thyroid problems, CEA (Collie eye anomaly), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), dermatomyosis, Epilepsy, Microphthalmia and CHD (Canine hip dysplasia).

Collie Care and Grooming

Give your collie plenty of daily exercise. Keep in mind that these dogs are sensitive to the heat and need plenty of shade and water while outdoors. The Collie coat requires brushing ones a week to remove dead hair. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Collies are a very clean breed and are noted for not having a doggie odor.

Collie Shedding

The Collies sheds heavily during the year, especially during the spring and fall. They are not recommended for allergy suffers. You could help minimize shedding by frequent brushing to remove the dead hair and stimulate the skin.