A Lovable Herder: A Breed Guide to the Collie

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Carrie Pallardy
Lassie is high on the list of famous dogs, starring in a long-running TV show and several movies. Throughout her long-running appearances on the big and small screens, Lassie was depicted as a heroic and devoted dog that saves the day. When you get to know a collie, it is easy to see why the fictional dog’s creators were inspired. Collies are loyal, lovable dogs that form strong bonds with their owners and tend to love the kids in their family. Learn more about the breed to help decide if you want a Lassie of your own.

At Home in the Scottish Highlands

Long before Lassie came onto to scene, collies were working as sheepdogs in the Scottish Highlands. The breed as we know emerged in Scotland in the 18th century, according to the Collie Club of America. In the next century, Collies became popular show dogs in England and arrived in the U.S. Today, the dog is still a show favorite and a beloved pet.

The Collie Coat and Characteristics

Collies are a part of the American Kennel Club (AKC) herding group. These dogs have a lithe build disguised by a large, fluffy coat. You likely think of the classic collie coat, worn so well by Lassie and characterized by a white chest, a tan face, and brown markings. A collie with a voluminous coat is known as a rough collie. A smooth collie has a shorter coat. The coat on both the rough and smooth varieties can come in different colors, such as blue merle or sable and white, according to The Spruce Pets.
With longer coats, regular grooming is important to keep the coat of a rough collie from matting. A smooth collie’s coat likely won’t mat, but he does still require regular grooming to keep the undercoat in good shape.
Males of the breed are slightly larger than females, weighing up to 75 pounds. Female collies can weigh up to 65 pounds, according to the AKC. Collies generally live for 12 to 14 years.

A Devoted Breed

Collies are social dogs that thrive on interacting with their people. They will happily accompany you on walks, runs, and hikes and be happy to sit with you at home. These loyal dogs are also well-known for being kid-friendly. You might find your collie and your kids form a special bond. Like any other type of dog, it is important to spend the time properly socializing and training a collie.

Collies as Companions

Collies are sometimes confused with border collies, but the two are distinct breeds. Both are herding dogs, but collies tend to be less drive than border collies. With lower exercise needs, collies are often a better fit as a pet for people. Border collies need a tremendous amount of exercise, thriving in driven working environments. Collies are not exactly coach potatoes, but they can be content with playing fetch and going for walks.
If you are in love with the breed, you can check out the Collie Rescue of Greater Illinois for any pups up for adoption, or you can opt to search for a trustworthy breeder.


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  1. https://www.collieclubofamerica.org/collie-a-brief-history.pdf


  1. https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/collie/


  1. https://www.thesprucepets.com/collie-dog-breed-profile-5079576


  1. http://www.collierescue.org/

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