Dog Breed Profiles

Collie (smooth-coated)

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Dog Breed Group
Herding Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Scotland, sheepdog. 
Life Expectancy
12 Years 
Color
Sable and white, tri colored and blue merle 
Coat
Short flat outercoat, dense undercoat 
Exercise Needs
Regular walks or free exercise is necessary to keep a well balanced dog. 
Temperament
The Collie is intelligent, gentle and social. It is considered a very good family pet and is ideal for children and other pets a 
Good with Children
Excellent with children and usually good with other pets. 
Grooming Needs
Minimal grooming is necessary. 
Average Size - Male (in)
24 - 26 
Average Size - Female (in)
22 - 24 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
60 - 75 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
50 - 65 
Health Issues
Eye problems, bloat, skin infections and hip dysplasia (low incidence)v
Living Conditions
A home with a fenced yard is best. 

Breed Description

The Collie presents a picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole. He is considered one of the most beautiful breeds because of his elegant appearance. The Collie comes in two coat varieties, Smooth (less common) Coated and the Rough Coated with the only difference being the length of his coat. The Smooth Coated looks like he has a crew cut. Forever immortalized by "Lassie", he is a true family dog that enjoys human companionship. He is sometimes refer to as the Scottish Collie because of his heritage. All varieties of Collies come from Scotland where he was used in the Scottish Lowlands as a hard working sheepdog. The word "colley" is a Scottish term for a sheep with a black face and legs.

Breed Infobits

The Collie both stands and then runs with a special dignity and grace.
The Collie has long been an outstanding sheepdog.

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