Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted February 25, 2015
If you suffer from allergies, the collie will not be for you. We had two collies when I was much younger, and they were some of the most intelligent dogs you could possibly meet. They were great with children, fairly mellow, but always up for a walk outside. As an added bonus, they earned their keep by picking up any food that was dropped from the kitchen table.
The most difficult part of having a collie is the hair. They will shed, need constant brushing, destroy many vacuums, and then shed some more. You have to make sure you are constantly up on brushing them or their hair will quickly turn into a tangled mess. You also have to be super careful about burrs. If you enjoy walking in the woods with a collie, you need to check them right away when you get inside, or again...their hair will be a mess.
I miss having collies around a lot. My allergies have gotten worse as I've gotten older, and I simply cannot handle a long haired collie. They're an amazing dog breed, and make a great family pet.