Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Illinois, United States
Posted July 12, 2013
One word. Ivermectin. This is a medication used by vets to treat a broad spectrum of animal parasites. The Collie breed is highly allergic to this medication in both the rough and smooth coat dog. When you are planning to adopt a dog, no matter what the breed, it is so important to do your homework on that breed first. For example, the Collie, one of the world’s leading breeds is allergic to ivermectin. Just as other breeds have some allergies as well, these are important facts to know. That said, we move on to learning more about this beautiful, graceful breed with it’s elongated muzzle and ears that fold gently at the tip, never pricked. The rough coat Collie, is the one most people identify with, as the “Lassie dog”. With it’s long thick double coat that requires daily brushing. If you are not a fan of your vacuum and dog hair, this may not be the right Collie for you. Consider then, the smooth coat Collie, with a coat that is slick and close to the skin, requiring nothing more than a bath from time to time. These dogs are independent thinkers. Training and socializing this breed at an early age will guarantee you a well mannered, well rounded adult dog, who adapts well in any situation. You may often see the Collie at work as a therapy dog, even the adult is easy to train and willing to develop new skills. Adoring and protective of children, this herding dog has a natural affinity for their family and friendly people, making them the perfect family pet. Versatile too, is the Collie, suited for apartment life with a dog park close by, the family home with a yard, or country life. I’ve known Molly, the rough coat Collie, for nearly 6 years now. Afraid of thunderstorms, she will seek out one of her humans for comfort. She has style and grace, an air of curiosity towards new people, and enjoys her tennis ball. The Collie mixed breed is usually a good family pet as well, as their genes are strong enough to pull through as the dominate breed within the mix.