AKC PuppyFinder: Collie Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Graceful, devoted, and proud
- Energy Level: Very Active; Collies are active and need daily exercise, but they're happy to chill at home the rest of the time
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
- Weight: 60-75 pounds (male), 50-65 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
- Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
- Breed Description
Like Lassie, perhaps the most famous canine television star of all time, Collies are known for their intelligence and connection to humans. The breed has been used for centuries as drovers and herders and are fast, strong working dogs. Most of all, this graceful dog is a loyal and affectionate family companion. Collie puppies thrive on daily exercise and activities and respond well to gentle training. You'll be rewarded with a loving dog who is as happy to play outside with you as he is to hang out with the family.
- History & Job
Origin: Scotland and Northern England
Year Recognized: 1885
Breed History & Job Description: 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.
The Collie is a healthy, sturdy breed with an average life expectancy of 12 years. Quality food, regular exercise, routine grooming and an annual health exam will help keep your Collie in peak health. Your Collie’s annual health check-up should include parasite control, dental exam, heartworm screening, and every third year a distemper/parvo vaccine. Rabies vaccine needs to be administered every one to three years depending on state laws. All Collies should have a preliminary eye check by a registered canine ophthalmologist to test for Collie Eye Anomaly. Examined dogs have a certificate from the eye specialist describing that dog’s vision. While PRA, progressive retinal atrophy, is quite uncommon today; genetic testing clears parents. Speak with you breeder for more information. Some Collies are sensitive to certain drugs, such as Ivermectin, found in some heartworm preventatives, and also some over-the-counter drugs like Imodium.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- PRA Optigen DNA Test
- MDR1 DNA Test
- Breed Club