Rough coated collie (long hair)

Rough coated collie (long hair)

Collies are the ultimate nanny dog! Lassie, the queen of TV dogs represents all that is best about collies, and nanny dogs in general.

The collie as we know it today has existed since the 1500s, and was developed as a herding dog in it’s native Scotland. Collies surged in popularity during the 1860’s when Queen Victoria visited the Scottish Highlands and fell in love with the breed – from that point on collies have remained fashionable and favorite pets the world over. This is an informative article about Queen Victoria’s dogs, including her collies Sharp, Noble and Roy. You’ll note that at the time the collie was predominately black-coated.

Smooth coated collie (short hair)

Smooth coated collie (short hair)

Collies are cherished as devoted family pets, especially comfortable with children. Although an athletic dog that needs daily activity, in the home the collie can be a quiet and mild-mannered “couch potato”. Collies are very intelligent, attentive, tolerant and patient.

The collie comes in two coats, rough (long) and smooth (short) and two coat colors, sable and white or tricolor blue merle. The rough collie’s glamorous mane requires less grooming than it appears. At least one good brushing a week is recommended, with more brushing during shedding season. The collie is also a very clean breed and noted for not having a typical doggie odor, which is probably why we love to hug them so much!

 

American Kennel Club Collie page | Collie Club of America, Inc.

Read more about Collies at Wikipedia

Similar breeds: Bearded Collie

 

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