Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted May 22, 2014
Growing up, I was lucky to have a collie. Laddie was a wonderful dog and fit in great with our large family. He went sled riding with us as kids chasing after our sled as we went down a hill. He followed us when we went bike riding.
He was mainly my dog. I would feed him and worked with him teaching him tricks. He never was taken to formal obedience training but would listen to you when you told him to do something. I spent many a day whispering secrets to this wonderful dog. His only down fall was that he despised a neighbor’s poodle and after breaking their storm door and going after their dog, my parents gave him back to his breeder.
There are two types of coats. One is called the rough coat and is the longer hair most people associate with the collie breed. The smooth coat, which is a shorter coat, is the other type.
Common health issues in this breed are eye problems such as cataracts, Progressive retinal atrophy, and Collie eye anomaly. They have a tendency to have skin problems. They are also prone to bloat.
Collies are great with kids and make wonderful family pets. They do need lots of exercise as they are a herding breed and were bred to herd sheep, cattle, etc.
As with any breed, I strongly recommend purchasing one from a responsible breeder, who does health clearances. I also recommend early socialization and obedience training.