Coat & Grooming:The Collie’s coat needs to be brushed daily when they are shedding, or once a week otherwise
Energy Level:Very Active; Collies are active and need daily exercise, but they're happy to chill at home the rest of the time
Originally: Scotland and Northern England
Meet the Collie
These elegant dogs are legendary for their herding and protecting abilities. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, responsive and fast. The rough-coated Collie has a beautiful long coat. It can look as if it’s floating across the landscape when it runs. The coats of both varieties—rough and smooth—used to be mostly black, but now can be sable and white, tri-color, blue merle and white (pictured: smooth). The breed has an elegant wedge-shaped head. Collies can do well in the country or the city, but need companionship.
What's Their Story?
It’s unclear exactly when Collies were developed, but they have been working as herding dogs in Scotland and northern England for hundreds of years. They were mostly used as a drover dog, guiding sheep and cows to market. It was Queen Victoria who made them a popular breed after falling in love with the regal dogs during a visit to the Scottish Highlands in the 1860s.
Collies are impressive dogs. They are highly intelligent, proud and cautious. They are good at listening to people and understanding their moods, and they are very fond of children, so they make great family pets. Collies need daily exercise and organized activity to be happy. It’s important to be gentle with them in training. If they are treated well, they will learn happily and rapidly and they will stand by their owners through thick and thin.