Collie


"..what really wins people over to the "Lassie Dog" is his character. Rarely an aggressive breed, the Collie bonds closely and intensely to its people and excels at judging character and situations...

"For centuries, Collies.. worked as herders and drovers of sheep in Scotland and norther England. The word "Collie" probably comes from "Coll," the Anglo-Saxon word for black...

"Collies caught Queen Victoria's fancy, and they quickly became fashionable with the upper class...

"The Collie Clib of America began in 1886...

"They normally can be housetrained in the first few days.. They want to please their owners, and they really hate being bad. They are extraordinarily trainable.

"Collies also make excellent watchdogs...

"Known health problems: Collie Eye Anomaly, progressive retinal atrophy, autoimmune disorders, thyroid problems, and bloat...

"They absolutely love children, and if a child is crying, the Collie has to know what's wrong. Collies protect the weak and small, and children are like their little lambs...

"Smooth Collies have become much more popular in recent years, as more pet owners research breeds and discover the Smooth's easy-care coat. "Roughs have a lot of hair and require a lot of grooming, brushing out ears, armpits, the backs of legs each night, or a very thorough grooming at least once a week"...

"Rough Collies and Smooth Collies can come out of a single litter...

"The Roughs tend to be a little more serious while the Smooths seem to have more of a sense of humor.. In England and Australia, fanciers consider the Rough and Smooth Collies two breeds and breed them separately, while American and Canadian fanciers cross the two varieties...

"Collies can also challenge those who want a dog to stay quietly out of the way. The Collie's high, sometimes shrill bark allows him to communicate over long distances when herding, but it may be less desirable in an apartment or home with nearby neighbors. Sometimes Collies bark continuously until they are assured a situation is under control...

"..untrained Collies, especially those that don't get enough human interaction, can become nuisance barkers. "The more you spend time with a Collie, the more they blossom. The more you traine them and interact with them, the smarter they get.."

"They also thrive on the stimulation of obedience competition, herding trials, agility, and therapy work...

"..owners should.. avoid giving their Collies heartworm medication containing ivermectin or other ivermectin-related products... Collies are also sensitive to immodium and chemotherapy drugs, as well as anesthesia. "It is extremely important to work with a vet. who understands the Collie's sensitivities"" (Adamson, Eve. "Family Friend." Dog Fancy, April 2004: 46-51).


Links:

Collie Club of America


Colby Glass, MLIS