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Also known as: Scottish Collie, Rough Collie, Smooth Collie
Breed origin: Uncertain, possibly Scotland or England
Original purpose: Drover dog, guiding cows and sheep to market.
AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Herding
Weight: males 60 to 75 lbs;
females 50 to 65 lbs
Size: Height: males 24 to 26 inches;
females 22 to 24 inches
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Sable and white; tri-color; blue merle; or white with sable, tri-color or blue merle markings.
10 to 14 years.
The Collie is lithe, strong, responsive, active, friendly, loyal, sensitive, and intelligent. They make excellent family dogs and are very devoted and loyal, especially with children. Collies are also a very clean breed and do not have a doggie odor.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
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Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, agility, obedience, herding
Daily walks would be ideal, but they are adaptable and can be couch potatoes as well.
Brush weekly or every two weeks, more frequently during shedding seasons. Collies do shed seasonally, usually once or twice a year, but they are very clean dogs and are noted for not having a doggie odor.
Known health problems:
Collie eye anomaly, multi-drug sensitivity (to ivermectin and some other drugs), progressive retinal atrophy, gastric dilatation volvulus, dermatomyositis, grey collie syndrome, collie nose, demodicosis, epilepsy, hip dysplasia.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Collie Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Wikipedia breed information page (Rough variety)
Wikipedia breed information page (Smooth variety)
Collie Club of America Rescue