Collie​ - Herding Group


Breed Group: Herding Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: United Kingdom

Height: 24”-26” (male) 22”-24” (female)

Weight: 60-75lbs (male) 50-65lbs (female)

Color: Black white & tan, Blue merle, Blue merle & white, Blue merle white & tan, Sable, Sable & white, Sable merle, White, Sable merle & white, White merle

Lifespan12-14 years

Temperament: Friendly, loving, easy-going, alert



Jimmy fell in the well? No one is there to help? Lassie herself made the Collie one of the most recognizable breeds worldwide. This breed has two variety of coats smooth which is short and rough which is long. How long you will need to spend on grooming will largely depend on how you keep your pup’s hair. They are famously calm and wonderful with children. They will largely adapt to your family lifestyle, being high energy one moment and immediately into relax mode when required.

Collies are very smart and eager to please their humans. While your pup may not be able to communicate with you quite the way in which Lassie could, you will create a deep and lasting bond.

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When a Collie is working his tail will be down but untucked. When his task if finished it will pop back up.


Collies are generally healthy dogs. Between 6-8 weeks, it is recommended to have a full ocular exam to check for heredity conditions. Some health conditions to be aware of include progressive retinal atrophy, Collie eye anomaly, MDRI gene mutation, hip dysplasia, allergies, dermatomyositis, nasal solar dermatitis and bloat.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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 If you keep your pup’s coat short (smooth) you will need to brush your pup once a week to remove any dead hair and matts and tangles. If you keep your pup’s coat long (rough) you will need to brush it at least 3 times per week to keep it free from tangles. Collies go through 2 seasonal shedding periods where regardless of the length, brushing daily is recommended to contain the hair loss. Your pup will need a bath around once a month unless he gets exceptionally dirty between baths. As with all dogs keep your pups ears and eyes clean and clear of debris. Trim your pup’s nails once a month and brush your pup’s teeth several times per week.


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Collies need between 1-2 hours of exercise per day. This breed tends to get destructive when they have pent up energy. While they will happily romp around a fenced in yard alone, they prefer the company of their humans. Brisk walks, hikes, games of fetch, jogging, cycling and the like will all satisfy your pup and keep them from tearing up your house.


Your full-sized collie will eat around 3 cups of food per day over 2 meals. This breed is prone to bloat which is an immediately life-threatening condition where the stomach overfills and flips in the torso. You can help avoid this situation by monitoring the rate at which your pup eats. The exact amount of food your dog will need will vary depending on age and activity level.


We’ve taken a look at some premium dog foods, high in nutrition here.

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As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other pups is essential. Collies are eager to please and thrive in positive reinforcement training. This breed will shut down if you use harsh training methods.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.

Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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