(This "All about the collie" section on this website has some info about how to raise other breeds of dogs, also!)
Opinion: Collies are an awesome dog to live with!
Facts: Collies come in four different color types:
Sable (Sable, and White), Tri - Color (Black, White, and Sable), Blue Merle, and White. (There are only 12 all white collies in the whole world, so as you can see, they're really rare!) "Lassie" (from the movies) was a Sable collie.
Most people know what a collie is because of "Lassie". Collies are loyal, nice, playful, happy, adorable, and they're just the perfect dog for the "non - aggressive" person.
Here are the main "Collie Characteristics":
When a collie has its mouth open, it should look like it's smiling because it's a happy dog, GUARANTEED! Its eyes should be "gentle looking", not sad, not mean. (If a collie has really "tight" eyes, it could be blind. They should be slanted up a little bit, but wide enough for you to see its eyeballs. You should NOT see the "whites" of the eyes.) Collies have their own eye disease which is: Blindness. (Have a vet check the eyes, BEFORE you pay for it and take it home.) Chances are, if the two parents of your puppy have been checked for blindness and didn't have the chance of ever being blind, then your puppy probably couldn't go blind. But, "Better Safe then Sorry!" you never want a blind dog! Its ears should be tipped down slightly. (Not straight up , and not down all the way. They shouldn't be real long or real short, just in between.) The collie should stand "Tall and Brave", and not "Short and Skimpy". (If collies were short, they would look a lot like a Shetland Sheepdog. Shetland Sheepdogs, "Shelties" are almost a miniature version of the collie, but not quite.) Collies have a long, furry tail, also. If you're planning on buying a collie puppy, you must look for those characteristics. Especially if it will be a "Show Dog". (But remember: Collie PUPPIES ARE short and little!)
Collies will be loyal to their owner, but not a guard dog. (Unless, of course, you trained it to be one.) Collies are great with kids, GUARANTEED! Because I'm a ten-year old kid and I have my own collie and it's really nice to me, my family, my friends and my other pets. All collies will bark at somebody coming into the driveway even if they know them because collies can forget people. But barking is the only warning to you. They won't hurt another person or their dog unless you say "______ HURT THEM!" or start getting hurt by a stranger, then they will help you and hurt the people and pets. But if you say "_____ It's Okay!" then they'll be fine. Most of the time you can trust collies so don't worry.
Also, collies can be an inside or outside dog, but mostly like to be outside because they are a herding dog and they love to run and play outside. So if you have an inside collie make sure you let him/her outside for a while each day.
Collies can come in "Rough or Smooth" versions of fur. "Rough" coats are fluffy collies, and "Smooth" coats are 'non - fluffy collies"! "Lassie", was a "Rough" coated collie, of course. If you have a "smooth" coated collie, it will be easier to groom than a "rough" coated collie, but just make sure you do it. If you have a "rough" coated collie, (that is the most popular coat for a collie) then it will be a little more difficult to groom. With a "rough" coated collie it's hard to find ticks (especially the big ones since they blend in so much, but the little ones do, too!--Make sure you get all ticks out of your collie's fur even if it's gross because it could injure or cause even death if the ticks get too much blood.) and mats! Ticks are certainly not as bad as mats! You must get the mats out of your collie's fur right when they start because they get big, FAST! (Even just over night!) If taking mats out of your collie's fur is just too hard, then you might consider to just cut them out carefully and start brushing easily from then on. But remember: You might see spots of fur missing. ( So be careful with that and with cutting the skin! Remember: Dogs have feelings, too!)
If you have any questions about cutting the nails on your collie to make them shorter, either have a professional do it, or don't do it at all! (Especially if your dog has black nails because you can't see the spot to quit and if the dog starts bleeding, it really hurts and you must rub a washcloth (wet or dry) on your collie's nail and that might take a while, guaranteed! Plus, to the dog it's scary!)
Keep your collie nice and clean. If it's so good to have your dog be groomed and have its nails cut shorter, then you shouldn't do THAT stuff unless you keep your collie nice and clean. Don't wash the face! It could cause damage to the eyes or do something else like that! Be careful around the ears. If water gets down in his/her ears, it hurts, and they can't hear as well. And that's bad! (If you want to was out the ears because of black mites, etc. then all you need to do is take a q-tip and/or cotton ball and just gently rub the inside of the ears. DO NOT put water, etc. on the q-tip and/or cotton ball while cleaning out your dog's ears, it could go way down in there like I said before.) Rub dog shampoo and water all around the body including the tail and don't twist the fur too much or it will make more mats, just make sure you get everything out of the fur. (Burs, dirt, grass, etc.) Rinse off the collie very well so all the shampoo is off and be careful so soap doesn't run down the face! You only need to wash your collie about every 3 weeks, not too often or the fur will get dry, and scaly , just make sure to wash the collie occasionally, though.
Make sure your collie gets the right medicines at the right time. Make sure you get the shots for: Rabies, DHLPP, Heartworm (pill), etc.
WARNING: Some collies have been known to be injured or even die when taking the regular heartworm pill. Talk to your vet and get the "sensitive dog" kind. All collies are very sensitive. Don't let them take the regular pill!
Here is the main collie schedule:
*Feed and water the collie in the morning. (Always give ice - cold water to your collie and/or other dog no matter what. And on your bag of food, for your dog, it usually says how much to feed your dog at the dog's age and how much to give it in the morning and in the night. Also: Never feed your collie table scraps or "non - dog food", it could hurt their stomach and/or digestive system.)
*Give your dog time to eat and drink.
*Once they're done eating and drinking, you should let them out for about 4 - 6 hours a day. For a collie, you must have a fence. Most professional breeders won't see you a collie puppy unless you have proof that you have a fence! Also, never leave your collie and/or dog in the yard and/or fence when nobody in your family is home, the dogs will do damage to things in the yard and/or fence if you leave them in their too long, UN - attended!--It's happened to me, Anne with my yellow lab. He tore off the whole gutter connected to our house because we accidentally left him in there unattended for about 6 hours straight! And if you have a female collie and/or dog that isn't spayed, and is in heat, you can never, ever, leave then unattended! Dogs from up to 5 miles away can smell where a dog is that is in heat, and they'll jump over a fence no matter how high and breed with your dog, and that is not good! See "Why to buy a Purebred dog" in this website for more info. Dogs usually don't go into heat until they are aged 10 months - a year old. Never breed your dog until she is at least one-year-old. Never spay/neuter your dog until they are 9 months of age.
*After he/she has been in the yard and/or fence for at least 4 - 6 hours, then you can train them. (Optional.)
*After that, you must brush your "rough or smooth" coated collie so his/her beautiful coat looks its best!
*Last, feed and water your dog and/or collie for the last time that day and lock him/her up in his/her kennel, house, etc. for the night.
Also: Make sure you spend time with your collie and/or other dog and play with them to show them how much you appreciate them and how much you love them!
If you're planning on buying a collie puppy, then don't think you need to buy one for 500 - 1000 dollars from a professional collie breeder because you can get one at a cheeper price that's just as good from a "non - professional" breeder. Just make sure it's reputable breeder, that knows a lot about collies. And make sure you get a collie puppy with all the right collie characteristics that I told you before. A collie that isn't from a professional breeder might not look as good, but it will look a bit like "Lassie", who wasn't from a professional collie breeder. Also make sure you get to see BOTH parents and what their temperaments are like because your new puppy will probably be just like at least one of his/her parents! Male and female collies have about the same temperaments. Some people might think that the males would be more aggressive than the female, but they're not! Just make sure you get the one you love because you will have to love it and care for it for about 14 - 16 years! So get the one you love!
It's important to get a collie PUPPY because then it will get to know you better than a grown collie would and it will be easier to train! (You can't teach an old dog new tricks!) See "Buying a puppy" section in this website.
Once you get to know your collie really well, then you might want to buy your collie's family tree, or even a copy of the pedigree! It's a thing to cherish! Or you could take a professional picture of you and your collie!---That's my favorite!
Here's some facts about training your collie:
First of all, it takes a lot of patience for the owner, and the dog! If you are in
4 - H, you can ask your club members about dog training and in the end you can be in the fair!---It's FUN! (But not mandatory!) Me and my collie are in 4 - H and we had a lot of fun in the fair! The dog training is really fun. First of all, you pay only 10 dollars for 13 weeks of training from professional dog trainers! WOW! That's amazing! We have class once a week for 2 hours (obedience, showmanship). And it's totally fun, guaranteed. "Some facts about showing" section in this website to learn a little bit more about 4 - H!
MY opinion for training dogs: Is to use a choker chain. See "Supplies Needed" section in this website and click on "choker chain" and you can learn more about it!
Here are the main things that your dog/collie needs to learn:
No bite, off, down, heel, come, wait, stay, figure eight, sit, stand, about turn, Left U turn, circle right, and circle left.
Most of the above, your dog/collie needs to learn. But the things like:
Figure eight, circle right, and circle left don't need to be taught to your dog unless you and your dog are in 4 - H dog training!
When you start training, it might be difficult. Especially if your dog is really young. Remember: Collies are herding dogs and they want to be out herding sheep instead of being obedience trained. Be patient! Never lose hope! Wouldn't you rather have a trained collie, than an "UN - trained" collie? I almost lost hope, but I didn't and now me and my collie are doing great in training and she is eight months old, now. Also: She started when she was 3 months old and she was "WHACKO" and bad the first days of training! So don't be embarrassed if your dog keeps screwing up when they're young, or old. It's all new to them and you might think people are looking at you and your dog doing bad but they're really not! I was at the show talking to one of my dog training "classmates" and I said "remember how bad me and my collie did in the first couple times of training?" And she said: "What? You guys were always doing good! I don't remember you doing bad!" And I thought she was just being nice, but I guess since everyone else is paying attention to their own dog, they don't see everything that goes on! And you might think you're doing bad, but you're probably not! You're probably just imagining it!!! So good luck and have fun training your collie or dog puppy!!!!
Also: People might think that since they rarely see collies in the newspaper, etc. they think that something might be wrong with the breed. But "guaranteeingly", nothing is wrong with the breed. They are always loving, and always caring! They won't turn on you! Just not enough people understand that concept. So get a collie and help make them more popular!
someone who loves collies,