Collie: origin, size and character

Of great elegance, the collie is a calm dog who loves contact with children.

that collie (or collie) is a Dog suitable for family life, enjoys physical activities and daily walks. To welcome your dog in good conditions, here is some practical and useful information specific to this breed.

His origin

The Collie is mainly used as a shepherd dog. stock.adobe.com

that collie, also called Scottish shepherd, has Scottish origin. In the 19th century, it was mainly used as a sheepdog.

This dog breed is a part of group 1sheepdogs and cattle dogs.

Its popularity is mainly due to Queen Victoria’s interest in this breed. At that time, there were many creations of dog clubs in the United Kingdom.

Gradually, the collie conquers other European territories, including France. During the 1940s / 1950s, the novel “Lassie, Faithful Dog” and the eponymous series significantly increased his fame.

His character

The Collie is an excellent guide dog for the blind. stock.adobe.com

Naturally friendly, the collie likes to have fun and asks his master (or his entourage) to play. He values ​​moments of participation and rest as much as physical activities in the great outdoors.

Depending on his expectations and his mood, he can be both dynamic and calm. His caring character and quick wit make him an excellent guide dog for the blind.

If the collie is an sociable and pleasant dog with other pets, he most often stays in the reserve with strangers.

His physique

The collie has a short-haired variant called a smooth collie. stock.adobe.com

Although Rough Collie, called rough collie is the most common, there is a short-haired variant called smooth collie.

The rough collie has long hair with a well-stocked chest and a collar that gives it a mane. While the smooth collie has a short coat with a hard texture.

Regardless of the variety, the collie breed has three colors:

  • sable: from yellow to light brown
  • tricolor: black with tan markings
  • blue-merle: presence of white hair in the black coat, which gives a bluish appearance

Its natural elegance is also due to its long head and its fine muzzle, not to mention the fringes on the legs. It has very expressive eyes, as well as small ears, curved in their upper part.

Of medium size, the collie weighs between 15 and 30 kg. Its mane height varies from 50 to 60 cm. Its sleek silhouette combines agility and grace.

His price

In general, purchase of a collie costs between 1,000 and 1,500 euros if the animal is registered in the French book of origin (or LOF). Its pedigree is one of the most important assessment factors with the conditions of breeding and its age.

Due to its average size, Collien’s food needs usually amount to around forty euros a month.

His health

The collie is prone to certain medical pathologies. This dog breed can develop collie eye anomaly. It is an inherited disease that has a varying degree of severity: from a minor lesion without consequence, to intraocular hemorrhages that cause visual impairment or even blindness.

Like the Australian Shepherd, it is exposed to the MDR1 gene mutation, which causes acute drug sensitivity. We can also mention relatively common dermatological risks in animals.

Finally, the Collie is a dog that is susceptible to developing an epileptic problem.

Adopting an animal obliges you, it’s a decision you’ll have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before you start. They will be able to give you their advice on the dog breed that is best for you.

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