Collie Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Large
  • Ease of Training:Medium/High
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:High
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Medium, will bark
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:CERF
  • Weight:Male: 60-75; Female 50-65 lbs
  • Height:Male: 24-26, Female 22-24 inches
  • Coat Colour:Sable and white; tricolour, blue merle; white (predominantly white, preferably with markings)

Collie Coat

This breed comes in both rough and smooth varieties. Both have same coloration accepted. Most commonly seen in tri-color (black, white and tan), blue merle, and sable and white are also acceptable colors for this breed.

Collie Character

This gentle breed makes a great household companion. The Collie has an obedient nature, willful, and gentle. Classified as one of the easiest to train breeds in the dog world. This breed is very self-assured, sweet, gentle, and trustworthy.

Collie Temperament

The Collie has a very even and well-mannered temperament. This dog is regularly seen in homes with other animals and children, as they are very gentle and passive. Originally bred for herding, this dog has the tendency to nip at ankles as a pup, however most grow out of this stage. Willing to learn and very loyal, this dog will surely provide you with a lot of love.

Collie Care

The rough variety does not require as much grooming as smooth. Short and stiff coat requires brushing weekly. Smooth variety requires daily brushing to remove any excess hair, and to keep hair from becoming matted. Monthly baths are recommended as their long coat traps dirt. The Collie is a heavy shedder given the season.

Collie Activity

This large breed responds best with a medium sized yard. Will do well in apartment life if given regular exercise. It is not recommended that this dog be left outdoors for long periods of time in hot weather, however if given the proper shade and water, will do okay.

Collie Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Collie is around 12-14 years, and there is various health problems linked to this breed. This includes eye problems, PRA, thyroid problems, epilepsy, skin problems, and bloat. The parents of the Collie puppy should have CERF certificates.