With origins in the Scottish Lowlands and Northern England, few breeds can match the intelligence of a Collie. They are sensitive, loyal and have an uncanny ability to sense their owner’s needs. While Collies look cute and snuggly, they are legendary herding dogs.
Queen Victoria loved Collies – and that’s an understatement… some say she owned hundreds of dogs. But her love for Collies made the breed fashionable. Of course, let’s not forget Lassie the fictional Rough Collie that single-handedly made the breed famous.
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#7 They are excellent companions for everyone
Collies are highly social and have a special talent to understand human feelings, devoted and family oriented. They make excellent companions for the young, old and everyone in between.
#6 They love being with children
Collies don’t have a cute nickname like the Newfoundland dogs known as ‘Nanny Dogs’, but they are just as friendly with children as the Newfs. They are one of few breeds that are naturally playful and protective with the children in the family.
#5 They are easier to groom than you’d expect
Although grooming your Collie seems like a monumental task, they’re surprisingly low maintenance. In fact, their thick, lustrous coat only needs to be brushed once a week. On top of that, they don’t have the doggy odor that other breeds are known for.
#4 They are easy to train
Collies are one of the few dog breeds that are easy to train and housebreak. They don’t require an aggressive training regimen and easily respond to gentle instructions. This is due, in large part, to their highly social and highly intelligent nature.
#3 They require moderate exercise
As a social dog breed, Collies will get enough exercise playing Frisbee with the kids or accompanying you on your morning jog. Collies are quite the couch potatoes, after a long day they are no strangers to lounging around.
#2 They love attention
Collies are excellent at sports like herding, agility, and obedience. They love being the center of attention and capture audiences with their responsiveness, grace, and intelligence. They aren’t divas, but they don’t mind being the center of attention either.
#1 Collies are iconic
Albert Payson Terhune, a renowned writer, wrote “Lad, a Dog,” which was made into a movie. Eric Knight’s novel “Lassie Come Home” turned into a movie with 6 sequels. Lastly, the unforgettable TV-series “Lassie,” which ran from 1954-1973 is a huge part of many of our childhoods. Through time Collies have earned a reputation as the ‘ideal dog’ around the world.
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