What Collies need most is a great deal of personal attention. Collies become unhappy if left for long periods of time without the companionship of people or other pets. Unhappiness can result in chronic barking or destructive chewing.
The Rough Collie is the long-haired version of the original Collie, developed in modern times into "a glamorous show dog that draws applause," as the the Kennel Club (UK) puts it. Like other herding dogs developed in Scotland and Northern England, this dog is highly regarded for its intelligence, alertness, and loyalty. The desire to work and the ability to solve puzzles hasn't been bred out of this beautiful version of an old-time herder. As a result, you can expect a dog who is responsive and energetic as well as beautiful. This is not the choice for someone who just wants a pretty pet to pose on a cushion.
Breeders say it is a gentle-natured dog and loyal towards its family. There is evidence of Collies being responsible for a very few attacks on humans. The statistics are there, but realistically quite low. Collies are loyal and protective of their families, especially towards child members of its family. Only buy from reputable breeders. The breed is renowned for its intelligence though is yet to lose its herding instincts. Collies respond to firm but gentle training and discipline, but may become stubborn if subjected to harsh treatment. The breed is agile and easy to train.
Collies are easy to train, though sometimes they can be stubborn. They should always be treated gently, with positive reinforcement and treats. Collies are sensitive animals, and when treated harshly they can become timid and skittish. After mastering basic obedience, Collies should be allowed to move on to more advanced training or participate in agility activities.
Collies are highly intelligent and have been used as service dogs, guard dogs and search and rescue dogs.
I had a Rough Collie as a child and am just doing some research about perhaps getting another one in the future. I understand how intelligent dogs they are and think I would be able to give them the attention they need, as my DD is starting nursery soon and I will be home all day.
However, I'm not sure where to start with looking to find a dog. I would prefer to get a dog from a rescue than a breeder, however I'm not sure where to start with this when looking for a specific breed. Do I just contact local rescue places?
I'd prefer a younger dog or puppy if possible.
I know it's not a rough collie and tbh I am not the kind of person who chooses a dog for what it looks like, BUT I had a lovely sable border collie from wiccaweys - I know she isn't a rough collie but collies are collies imo wink and she is so bloody clever, but I don't and never have seen that as a negative. I don't want a dog that just lies about the house (and nor do you by the sounds of it)
I got My Laddie in 1963. he was my best friend at age11. a good protector, but afraid of water.
he naturally herded cattle nipping them on the rear. he loved cats and protected them. his coat was tri color and beautiful when brushed. ticks nearly killed him once. he would not let anyone feed him but my family. he knocked down my friend and took the food away. he did the same with my uncle jumping up and snapping his jaws at my uncle's face. but mostly he was everybody's buddy. especially mine. he would play tag with me, and if i didn't give him attention immediately, he would tickle me with his sensitive little closed mouth. what a pal.
As a herding breed, some collies have a tendency to be somewhat aloof. That is, the affection you're looking for may come on their own terms. This is individual dog dependent, but I've known several that like being in the presence of their people but don't necessarily enjoy cuddling or being on the couch with them.
They're also very smart, so if you're looking on getting one I'd also look on ways to keep it's brain occupied. A bored dog is a destructive dog. Think the food dispensing toys that require the dogs to work for their food, or getting them into an agility or obedience class so they have something that is allowing them to constantly learn.
Somebody already mentioned the tendency to herd, which can be challenging if you have cats or small children that may not want to be rounded up.
Nevertheless, they're beautiful and loving dogs and I'm sure that the one you've found would be a wonderful addition to your household!
Collies make wonderful family pets, our boy is three years old and he is just settling down. Of course, he is as sweet and playful as can be. The only thing I can think of is the commitment to daily exercise and grooming. We had collies on the farm when I was growing up but now ours just herds neighbor kids! He gets an hour walk every day and a good brushing twice a week. Ears, everyday. I have a professional groomer come in about every 2 to 3 months to do bathing and trimming. My boy is almost 70 lbs and doesn't fit in the bathtub anymore! Good luck, you can't go wrong with a collie! What's his name? Edit: The herding nibble, but at three years old yours should (hopefully) be trained out of that! It is a little bite with the front teeth and it can break skin... ouch!
I got my smooth collie the same way - she was intended to be a conformation dog, but she wasn't quite up to snuff in the show ring so she was adopted out to our pet home. In my opinion, if you are fine with barking and grooming and don't mind heavy shedding, there are very few drawbacks. To me, collies are the perfect dogs. They are solidly medium-energy and are extremely agreeable and biddable dogs. If you use a harsh word or heavy hand with them, they will shut down in half a second. But they thrive on positivity, encouragement, and praise. They really live to please and adore. I will agree with /u/rjsevin in that they can come off as "aloof" - the females in particular can be a bit reserved and aren't necessarily as obviously effusive with their affection. But this hardly means they don't love their people. They are just more polite about it. I love my collie so much, and I think I'll always want to have one in my life.
Amazing dogs. I have two. Prepare yourself for a wild ride of zoomies and cuddles. Go with a female if you can, boys tend to smell more from my experience but I'm not sure if this has been factually proven.
My collie grew up in the north of Sweden where we got a lot of snow and absolutely freezing winters. Didn't phase him at all. He loves playing out in the snow for extended periods of time. This summer we've had really hot weather with a month of 30C+ and he wanted to stay out in the garden sunbathing regardless. So I think the fur insulates them and helps them regulate their temperatures.
love your beautiful collie's we've had three just lovely dogs l think there the best ,we miss ours
I had a beautiful collie named Chaddy she was such a love she was my pillow when I watched movies on the living room rug I miss her
I have a 5 year old collie got him at 4 weeks.The most beautiful dog I have ever owned.Loving,strong ,devoted,and amazing at times Would not trade my joey for the world. Too much love we have in our house.
My first dog was a Collie named Buff. He was the most beautiful Collie I've ever seen. (People used to stop whoever was walking him, usually my Dad, and compliment us on our "gorgeous dog") He was loving to all of us including the cats and our other dogs, all of which were Afghan Hounds. To this day, Collies are my favorite breed.
we have a wonderful collie, we named him Preacher. he was very easy to house train. (in the middle of winter in Vt) he is best friends with the cat as well as the other dog. took some work to get him not to jump, and we work on not barking too much. we are happy to have him.