Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted May 20, 2015
We got Lassie as an adolescent when I was born. She was somewhat trained by her previous owners as she was housebroken, sat, and came when called. This breed is high-energy, needing frequent trips outside or to be an outside dog. The problem that arises with this breed being an outside dog is their tendency to have some mats in their fur as a result.
This dog was a wonderful babysitter and often stayed right beside my brother and I as we adventured around a very small town. She also slept in our room, often in bed with one or the other of us. Our parents named this dog "Lassie" because, although she was not purebred collie, she looked exactly like Lassie from the movie of the same name. Lassie was protective, barking at strangers when they seemed to be a danger to her humans, but otherwise was very easy-going. I do not recall Lassie ever being sick or needing a vet, but this may have been the "mutt" factor. She adapted well to our family moving several times in her lifetime, but ultimately was hit by a vehicle when we lived alongside a highway.
Overall, I found this to be a very family-friendly breed, as long as you have an outgoing family to help the dog expend energy.