Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted March 27, 2009
I've now owned 3 Collies. All three have been very different. The temperament of an individual dog really depends on the breeding. I've had two very sensible, laid-back Collies that take the world in their stride, both of those dogs were -very- well bred, my latest, Ginny, is wary of the world, she is not well bred, but even a pooly bred Collie is a great pet.
The dogs I have had, have been good watch dogs, the only down-side is that the Collie believes that they "own" everything they can see, so woebetide the owner who lives on a hill with views for miles.
They don't make good guard dogs, they are barkers, not biters.
None of my dogs have been tolerant of children, but then I don't have any children and none of my dogs have been raised with children. They aren't nasty, they just don't like the noise and the speed, so they try to control/herd the child/children. My recommendation is that if you want your Collie to be good and tolerant of children, then raise them with children.
They are a generally healthy breed until later life, when the problems the breed is prone to, tend to manifest themselves.
Many collies don't like deep water, they might be willing to enter water up to mid-body, but don't expect a collie to be willing to go deep enough to have to swim. Ginny loves to play in water, the muddier the better, even lie down in it, but she won't ever get out of her depth. My first collie wouldn't go more than knee deep in water, she hated it.
It is very important to have your Rough Collie vaccinated against Leptosporiasis, Parvo etc before they are allowed anywhere outside, more so than most breeds, so check your pup has been vaccinated by the breeder.
Expect a LOT of undercoat to remove in Spring (if a cold (not hot) Spring/Summer the dog will retain the undercoat and shed in the Autumn), my technique is to take the dog, a comb and bin bags out into the garden and strip the coat out over about 3-5 days.
Overall, a loving, loyal, intelligent companion dog.