The Collie eventually made its way to the US and was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885. It has become one of the most popular dog breeds, but is best known as the famous "Lassie".
Coats and Colors:
- Sable & White
- Blue Merle
- White (with markings of one or more of the above colors)
About the Breed:
The gentle, friendly nature of the Collie makes it very receptive to training. This breed is intelligent, so it learns quite quickly. Collies also seem to be compliant by nature.
Routine exercise is essential for all dogs, and the Collie needs it's fair share. Though the breed is not likely to become hyperactive, exercise will help maintain the Collie's weight and improve its overall physical and mental health.
Collies are seen in two coat types. The Rough Collie has long, full, almost coarse coat that requires routine basic grooming. Thorough brushing of the hair should be done 1-2 times per week. Shedding is very light year round but increases seasonally. The Smooth Collie has short, dense coat and can do with more basic grooming, but sheds more.
Overall, the Collie is a gentle, loyal companion that is affectionate and connected with its owner. The breed is very sensitive and perceptive to its surroundings. The Collie is an ideal choice for families with children because of its gentle, guardian-like nature.
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