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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

Size: 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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Color: Sable and white; tri-color; blue merle; or white with sable, tri-color or blue merle markings.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, agility, obedience, herding

Exercise requirement: Daily walks would be ideal, but they are adaptable and can be couch potatoes as well.

Grooming requirement: 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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Recommended books for further reading:

Collies (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By H. Sundstrom and M. Sundstrom
Published in 2005
96 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Collies
By Alice Wharton
Published in 1998
160 pages

Pet Owner's Guide to the Rough Collie
By Stella Clark
Published in 2001
80 pages

Collie Concept
By George Bobbee Roos
Published in 1988
232 pages

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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

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