The Collie is one of the oldest breeds of “herding” dogs still used extensively by shepherds in many different countries. Docile and trainable the Collie is used for police work, rescue work and as guide dogs for the sight impaired. It also makes for a great companion or guard dog. Perhaps the most beautiful of all the shepherd dogs this breed is extremely loyal to its masters and will watch over their possession with a passion. In recent years the Collie has become a common sight in households and due to the fact that it is affectionate and intelligent this dog does very well with families that have children.
Exercise: They will as happily live on your living room floor, as outside in the yard and they need lots of vigorous exercise. Because of the large amount of hair in their coats it is important not to over exert them during the heat of the day. Early mornings or evenings are the best time to exercise them when the weather is especially hot.
Specialized care: Its thick coat needs regular care and grooming especially during shedding season. Though it has a hairy coat it usually remains quite clean and it shouldn’t require a bath more often than once in a while.
- Male: 56 to 61 centimeters and 21 to 28 kilos
- Female: 51 to 56 centimeters and 18 to 26 kilos
Appropriate for: Is an excellent companion dog that sweet, well behaved and loves children. Is a good guard dog as it has an instinctive distrust of strangers. It is very important to train the Collie well and to make sure that it doesn’t become overly willful.