Some people will remember a collie as the star of a beloved 1960s TV series. I’m still a favorite breed for families due to my gentle nature. My ancestor’s heroic television efforts partly reflect my strong intelligence, which makes me easy to train—though I can be stubborn. I’m friendly to others and very good with children. I don’t enjoy being left alone.
I still work on farms but am quite content in the suburbs. I need a good daily walk, jog, or game to keep my body and brain exercised. As a natural herder I can nip at children’s heels. I may bark a lot, especially to protect family, but am not aggressive.
I’m fairly large, standing 22 to 26 inches tall and weighing 50 to 75 pounds, with a graceful, dignified stance. My coat may be long and rough or short and smooth. Rough coats require brushing twice a week; weekly brushing is fine for smooth coats. Grooming rough coats may be challenging for new owners, who may want professional guidance. I’m very clean with no dog odor. My coloring can be sable, tricolor (black, white, and tan), blue merle (silver and black), or white with markings.
A primary health concern for collies is a genetic eye disease that can lead to vision loss. Less common issues are pyotraumatic dermatitis and eyelash disorders. Deafness and PDA heart defects can occasionally develop. Overall I’m a healthy breed and will be lovingly devoted to your family for 8 to 12 years.