Types of Collies
Not sure about anyone else but I love collies and have since as long as I can remember. Sadly I live in an apartment build and cannot have one of my own however Shetland Sheepdogs are know to do well in apartments providing you give them lots of love and excersise. However those who own lands or live on a farm might be interested in having one of these beautiful dogs. Here I talk about several different types of the Collie breed including the Border Collie, Rough Collie and Smooth Collie.
Many dog lovers call the Border Collie the worlds smartest dog or in technical terms the most intelligent of all breeds. Hailing from Scotland, England and Wales the Border Collie is an active and very energetic dog often used on farms to heard livestock. Many dog lovers however keep these beautiful dogs as best friends as they are outstanding companion animals.
Border Collies have double coats and are medium-sized dogs; little hair can be shed as they have a moderate coat of hair. These dogs have several colors of coat such as tricolor which is a mixture of black, tan and white and also sable. Other colors include red merle and blue merle which is personally a favorite of mine.
When thinking of getting a Border Collie as a pet consider the amount of exercise needed as they require a large amount of daily physical and metal exercise, being an energetic and highly intelligent breed. Give the dog a job to do and they will be very happy, consider visiting a dog park for an hour a day or more to make sure they get a healthy amount of exercise.
Sadly many of these dogs end up in humane society’s and shelters as their previous owner was not prepared in giving the dog its required attention and exercise, please consider doing the required research before considering this breed.
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Originally from the United Kingdom many know the Rough Collie breed as Lassie from the popular novel and television series. This dog like many other collies was bred for herding in Scotland and many other areas. There are three major coat colors for this breed; sable and white, tricolor and blue merle. As you may already have known the Shetland Sheepdog looks much like the Rough Collie
One thing to remember is that the Rough Collie’s coat needs to be brushed very often as they have a double layered coat and much hair. It is said that these dogs are great with kids, don’t often show they are nervous or aggressive and are good family dogs. In saying this they do need to be socialized when they are younger, consider taking your dog to a dog park or bring your puppy with you so it can meet people.
One good item to mention for those whom live in apartments is that the Rough Collie is a mid to large sized dogs and do well with small apartments being a calm dog.
Many organizations say that the Rough Collie and Smooth Collie are of the same breed however many other will say they are not, either way the Smooth Collie is a short haired version of the Rough Collie or Lassie as many say. The Smooth Collie is a big dog ranging in size from about 22 – 26 inches and about 75 pounds for a male and 45 for a female.
Interesting note is that the Smooth Collie is a little bit longer then it is tall and like many other collies come in sable, tricolor, blue merle and white with maybe a spot of sable, tri or blue. Generally a great dog for the family and can be trained quite easily providing you give enough attention to the dog as a puppy. Not being an aggressive breed they do tend to bark upon hearing others and can be considered good watchdogs.
When training a Smooth Collie stray from harsh punishment which should be said about all dogs but some can be shy and being a very intelligent breed there is no need for yelling. Many of these dogs can be found in obedience competition’s and of course in the family.
The Smooth Collie usually lives from 12 – 14 years and do have a few health problems later in life.