Collie

The Collie has an obedient nature, willful, and gentle. Classified as one of the easiest to train breeds in the dog world, Collies make a great household companion.
Collie Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed

HEIGHT

22-26 Inches

WEIGHT

50-75 Lbs.

LIFE EXPECTANCY

11-14 Years

Collie Information

The Collie is a medium-sized dog that is part of the herding group. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty and are often used as working dogs on farms and ranches. 

Collies are also popular family pets, and they are known for being great with children.

Collies come in two varieties: rough-coated and smooth-coated. The rough-coated Collie is the more popular of the two, and they have a thick, outer coat that is meant to protect them from the elements. 

The smooth-coated Collie has a shorter coat that is easier to groom.

Collie Exercise Needs

All Collies need plenty of exercise, regardless of their coat type. They are high-energy dogs that need a job to feel happy and fulfilled.

A bored Collie is likely to become destructive, so keeping them busy with interactive toys, dog sports, and other activities is essential.

Collie Training

Collies are intelligent dogs that are easy to train. They respond well to positive reinforcement methods such as treats and praise.

Like all dogs, Collies need to be socialized from a young age to prevent them from being fearful or aggressive around new people and animals. Early socialization will make your Collie a well-rounded dog that is a joy to be around.

Collie Health Issues

Both rough-coated and smooth-coated Collies are prone to health problems such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and eye diseases. They are also susceptible to collie eye anomaly, which can cause blindness.

Collie Grooming

The rough-coated Collie has a thick outer coat that needs brushing weekly. The smooth-coated Collie has a shorter coat that only requires brushing once or twice weekly. 

Both Collie types must have their nails trimmed regularly and their ears checked for dirt and debris.

Breed Identification

COLORS

Sable And White; Tricolor, Blue Merle; White (predominantly White, Preferably With Markings)

HAIR LENGTH

Medium

Breed Care

GROOMING

Every day

EXERCISE NEEDS

Up to 1 hour per day

HEALTH CONDITIONS

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat), Pemphigus, Degenerative Myelopathy, Optic Nerve Colobomas, Lupus Erythematosus

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