Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Collie is extremely loyal, devoted and protective. They are sensitive and sweet. They have a sensitive nature and are loyal to their owners. They also have an uncanny ability to foresee when something is wrong.
Collies were bred primarily as herding dogs and their instinct to herd is still prevalent today. They are known to herd children, other pets, or anything they feel needs to be herded.
Their extreme intelligence makes them easy to train. Collies excel in dog sports like agility and herding trials and as a therapy dog. Though generally good-natured and friendly, Collies can be wary of strangers, especially if they feel they are a threat to her family’s children. They will bark if they feel necessary, which makes them good watchdogs, but they are not aggressive. They will react negatively towards people they do not like, though.
As long Collies receive enough exercise, they can adapt to many different environments.
Major Health Concerns: Generally a healthy breed, the Collie may be prone to PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and eye defects. They may have hip problems that could lead to acute lameness and arthritis.
Interesting Fact: There are five recognized Collie colors: Sable and White; Tricolour; Blue Merle and White; Sable Merle and White; and White. Rough and Smooth collies share the same breed DNA.
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