Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted April 4, 2015
When my family had collie, movies about Lassie were quite popular. And it was not so easy to explain people and especially children that it was not a toy in front of them which they could just touch and stroke. I would say this dog breed is not as easy as labrador, but still it is not dog fighting breed.
The main collie’s feature which can not but be respected is loyalty. I would even dare to say they are indeed ready to die for you. But it should be mentioned that they are loyal not to the whole family, but to the one person who they have considered to be their master. They still will protect and look after the rest members, however, it will be done rather in a way like a duty to do so, as they are “shepherd’s sheep”. So do not expect collie to love all your family. Also my dog did not like children at all, I mean he was patient enough to tolerate my younger brother making his first steps while holding his hair, but he had bitten one of my friends when she pulled his ear.
As for main collie’s minus, except for not so easy character, it is very long hair. Each time it is dirty outside, you should be aware of the fact that when you come back after walking, all mud will be on dog’s hair. And due to their length it will not be cleaned in a minute. However, for spring and autumn time it makes sense to visit dogs’ hairdresser or do it yourself so as to make hair a little bit shorter at parts where it meets earth most of all.
When it comes to training it is worth to have at least one meeting with a professional trainer so as he or she will have a look the way dog behaves and give you some advice, as collie is a dog whose training must be done in a proper way. Because of the purpose for which the breed was created these dogs have the ability to take decisions by their own, thus, it is very important for them to be trained well. Since, in case you need to prevent your dog from doing something it has decided on its own, you should have the power to do so, obviously I do not mean the physical power, but a power of command – when you give the command, the dog should obey.
To conclude it, if you need a dog who will be loyal only to you and nobody else, collie is a good option. But you should be ready to face a little bit complicated character in comparison to other dogs and to devote enough time for training.