The Collie dog breed was originally developed in Scotland where he was used primarily as a herding dog. He is a very sensitive and intelligent dog that is known for his loyalty and compassion towards his owner and his family. The average height of a Collie is 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 2 inches weighing about 50 to 70 pounds. They have a lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
Collie is a great family pet as well as a caring and devoted therapy dog. He loves to be a part of the family and will always expect to be treated like a family member. He is very protective, affectionate, fun-loving, loyal and incredibly responsive to their owners. The Collie loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many others. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Collie is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference.
Collie is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.
To be honest, the Collie is shedding a lot of hair. You cannot do anything to stop this but if you want to prevent having hair all over your home you should do proper brushing every day. Keep in mind that with a proper brushing you will rarely find hair on your couch, carpets and other places in your home.
The Collie, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.
The Collie was originally developed in Scotland and his main activity was herding. During the time this dog breed was called: Colley, Collis, Coally and Coaly. Those names are most likely derived from the word black in Anglo-Saxon language. Earlier Collies were closer in size to today’s Border Collies and they were mostly black.