All About the Collies
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The Collie is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 24 to 26 inches.
Weight: 60 to 75 pounds.
Females – Height: 22 to 24 inches.
Weight: 60 to 65 pounds.
Collies are commonly sable and white, tri-color, blue merle and white. They have black and tan, blue merle, sable or sable merle markings.
Loyal, devoted and eager to please their masters, Collies are gentle dogs that enjoy spending time with their families, despite their origins as sheepdogs. They can be stubborn, but they are also intelligent and alert, which served them well as work dogs.
Collies are a medium-energy dog requiring daily activity!
Collies are a medium-energy dog, and if they do not get daily activity, they can become rambunctious. They enjoy walks or runs, and they like to play games.
- Collies are known for their beautiful, thick double coats. The outercoat is rough and straight, while the undercoat is soft.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed, requiring a brush every other day. Collies shed a lot depending on the season.
- They have arched eyebrows and a distinctive, sinewy neck.
8 to 12 years
The most common health concern for Collies is Collie eye anomaly. Distichiasis and pyotraumatic dermatitis are less common but still occur within the breed, while patent ductus arteriosis, deafness and cerebellar abiotrophy are seen occasionally.
Collies have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates because of their thick fur.
Collies make wonderful family pets. They are eager to please their owners, though they must be trained not to nip at the heels of small children. They are friendly to other dogs and very friendly to other household pets.
- The best-known Collie may also be the best-known dog in pop culture history: the TV and movie star Lassie.
- Queen Victoria became enamored with Collies during a visit to the Scottish Highlands, and so the dogs subsequently became popular with Britain’s upper class.
- Collies lack the distinctive “dog odor” that so many other breeds have.