Collie dog, a large dog breed.
The Collie Dog - A Devoted Family Companion
are natives of Scotland and it is thought that all of the varieties share a common ancestry. The breed is often, but erroneously referred to as the "Scotch Collie
". The earliest reference to the Collie appears in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" written in the 14th century. The dogs, in those days, were used to watch over the flocks, round up strays and escort them to market.
When fanciers, in the early part of the 19th century began keeping written pedigrees, the breed began to progress rapidly and gained in size. A dog by the name of "Old Cockie", born in 1867 is credited with stamping characteristic type on the Rough Collie
and with introducing factors which lead to the development of the sable color. Up to that time, the colors were mainly black, black and white, tan and white and tortoise shell, now called blue merle. It was when Queen Victoria first travelled to Balmoral, that she saw a Collie dog
, and was so impressed with its cleverness, she became an instant supporter of the breed. Soon they were establish in the royal kennel at Windsor and shortly thereafter the Collie breed
was in vogue everywhere, including the wealthy kennels along the Hudson river, and on Long Island, New York.
Dog: 24 - 26 in. (61 - 66 cm) at shoulder.
Weight: 60 - 75 lb. (27.3 - 34.1 kg).
Bitch: 22 - 24 in. (56 - 61 cm) at shoulder.
Weight: 50 - 65 lb. (22.7 - 29.5 kg).
With Other Pets: Very Good.
Other Name: Scotch Collie
Life Expectancy: 8 - 12 years.
The Collie dog
is elegant and beautiful looking, very loyal and affectionate in all its actions. Immortalized in the "Lassie" series of movies, the Rough Coated Collie
gained a huge following. A Collie is a self-appointed guardian of everything it can see or hear. The Collie dog
represents, to its many admirers, the ideal companion. No matter which variety, the Rough Collie
or the lesser known Smooth Collie
, a Collie puppy
is an excellent choice for a family. They bond to the entire family and are rated excellent with children. Collies are lithe, strong, responsive, active dogs, carrying no "useless timber," standing naturally straight and firm. The Collie
presents a very impressive and proud picture of balance and proportion. It is a moderately active dog and requires a fairly large home. It sheds quite a bit and so requires regular grooming, at least once a week. A Collie puppy
is very intelligent and responds well to formal training.
Want info on this large dog breed, the Rough Collie
dog or Smooth Collie
dog, and breeders who have a Collie puppy for sale
? See the Collie breeders
. If no nearby Collie breeders
, see the Cdn. Collie dog
club, Collie rescue
or the US Collie dog
club, Collie rescue
to get advice on other Collie breeders
Click on the Collie dog club - Collie rescue buttons - below.
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