Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted June 25, 2015
I have had the chance to work closely with this breed for three years now and I can definitely recommend Smooth Collie to people who want to get a versatile dog for dog sports, family dog and as a companion.
I have trained my Smooth in several dog sports and training her has been challenging at times, but she learns everything fast, though she doesn't take repetitions well. If you try to ask her to do the same thing many times in a row, at some point she gets tired and leaves the situation, so I have had to learn the limit and stop training before she gets to that point. That way I have been able to train her in obedience, agility, tricks, human search by scent, tracking and rally obedience.
If you get a Smooth Collie as a first dog, females might be a bit easier to handle than males, but anyway you need to set boundaries to your dog and definitely train it some basic commands for better control in everyday life. They love to work with their owner, but they have a mischievous side to them and if you are not careful they are soon calling the shots in the family and have you wrapped around their paw.
A few inherited diseases to look out for: CEA, hip dysplasia.
I definitely made the right choice, and Smooth Collie has been everything I expected and more.