Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted September 15, 2015
We loved Rex, and thankfully had the means to care for a more high maintenance breed like this, but I would caution someone else to take my following experience into consideration. Like our other dogs, Rex was wonderful with children - a gentle giant and just the sweetest dog. My critique comes down to how much work is involved in maintaining the look and health of the breed. In order for a rough collie to keep the classic 'Lassie' look it takes a lot of dedicated grooming. This is necessary to manage his or her long undercoat. This breed needs to be brushed daily and professionally groomed once a month. Due to the size of the breed and the amount of fur, trips to the groomers were expensive. Rex also had a tendency to get too warm when kept indoors for longer than 20 minutes.
In addition to the expensive maintenance we also had very high vet bills as Rex was allergic to nearly everything and developed hot spots on his feet and legs. We did everything the vet suggested: changed his diet, his shampoo, his bedding and even got special allergy medication for him. If someone was thinking of adopting a collie I would highly recommend talking with the breeder to see what the history of the parents and the previous litters have been. We only had one breeder in our area at the time and our options were more limited.