|Group:||Working Dogs (Group 5)|
|Club:||Collie Club Of Victoria Inc|
Background By the mid 1800s the Collie had established itself as part of the Scottish pastoral scene where it herded or guarded the flocks of sheep. The beauty and capability of the breed fascinated Queen Victoria and she set about establishing her own kennel - a move that ensured their popularity forever – and started the transition from field to the show ring. She successfully showed the breed and set a trend that was to see the Collie make a very rapid move into the homes of dog lovers.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Collies live to 12 - 14 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament These are sweet natured, gentle and affectionate dogs, with a particular understanding of their owner’s moods. Modern Collies do not have much chance to perform their original job, so they turn their instincts to different channels. Every Collie kept as a housedog will invariably make a "career" for itself in one way or another. It may, for instance, decide to make itself useful by being an understanding companion or "nanny" to the family. Collies are suitable as both indoor and outdoor dogs, and love access to a securely fenced backyard to play with toys and chase balls. They love to go for walks, and enjoy obedience school, being quick learners with a desire to please. They are not fussy eaters, and if started off with the right food recommended by the breeder, will grow into beautifully healthy dogs. The Smooth Collie has all the attributes of the Rough Coated variety but simply does not require as much grooming.
Compatibility with other pets Being a working dog, the breed was always in the company of other Collies working the sheep, and the modern day Collie still likes the company of other pets.
Care Requirements Collies require regular, diligent grooming. The tools required are a good quality pin brush and a metal comb. Lay the dog down on its side and, lifting the fur from the tummy area, brush the coat down toward you in layers, going all over the dog. Pay particular attention to the thick coat around the neck and tail area. Comb the long silky hair behind the ears and the leg feathering. A Collie does not require regular bathing, but when you do bath your dog please make sure it is dried properly. As an alternative to bathing, you may wish to take some baby powder and brush it through the coat (outside please) and let the dog shake - this will remove any doggy odour without bathing. Using scissors carefully cut the long fur from around the bottom of the feet. The Smooth Collie will need just a weekly brush of about ten minutes to keep its coat shiny and healthy.
Please Take Note Collies have a very even temperament but are extremely sensitive to noise (including some musical instruments) so do not mistake backing off from a penetrating sound to be the sign of a nervous dog.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Collie and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.