Originally used as herding dogs in England and Scotland, the Collie is a popular working dog in the herding category. In the United States, this breed is commonly associated with Lassie from the 20th century TV show of the same name.
Collies are large breed dogs which have a distinguished attribute to them. This loyal dog breed comes in four different coat colors including blue merle, white, sable/white and tri-color. The Collie stands approximately 22 to 26 inches high at the shoulder and weighs around 50 to 75 pounds.
Collies make excellent companions and family dogs as they are loyal, sweet natured and are wonderful with children. The Collie more than some other breeds is extremely responsive to individuals and loves their human’s companionship. Since they are larger in size, it is wise to have a single family home for this type of dog breed as opposed to an apartment dwelling. The Collie loves a good amount of exercise but also enjoys lounging about from time to time as well.
Grooming the Collie is a little bit more time consuming than some other types of dogs due to its long-hair coat. The Collie can have a smooth coat or rough texture coat. With its large coat, the Collie should be brushed at least once a week. When it is during the prime shedding season for the Collie, this dog breed can be brushed perhaps 2-3 times a week. This type of dog breed is also clean by nature and doesn’t have that typical dog odor that some other types of dogs possess.
Choosing a Collie for your household is a great choice, especially if you have children as the Collie is quite protective and lovable with youngsters. If you are seeking a loyal pet which is beautiful as well, the Collie is a good choice to make.