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The collie is a distinctive type of herding dog, including many related landraces and formal breeds. It
originates in Scotland and Northern England. It is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built dog with a pointed snout,
and many types have a distinctive white pattern over the shoulders. Collies are very active and agile, and
most types have a very strong herding instinct. The collie type has spread through many parts of the world
(especially Australia and North America) and has diversified into many varieties, sometimes with mixture from
other dog types. Some of the collie types have remained as working dogs, used for herding cattle, sheep and
other livestock, while others are kept as pets, show dogs or for dog sports, in which they display great agility,
stamina and trainability.
Common use of the name "collie" in some areas is limited largely to certain breeds – such as to the Rough
Collie in parts of the United States, or to the Border Collie in many rural parts of Great Britain. Many collie
types do not actually include "collie" in their name.
Working collies are extremely energetic and agile dogs with great stamina, well able to run all day without
tiring, even over very rough or steep ground. Working collies are of excellent working/obedience intelligence,
and are instinctively highly motivated to work. They are often intensely loyal. Dogs of collie type or derivation
occupy four of the first sixteen ranks in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs, with the Border Collie being
first. These characteristics generally make working strains unsuitable as pets, as few owners are able to give
them the mental and physical challenges they need and, if not well fulfilled, they may become unhappy and
badly behaved. However, in addition to herding work they are well suited to active sports such as sheepdog
trials, flyball, disc dog and dog agility. Working strains have strong herding instincts, and some individuals can
be single-minded to the point of obsessiveness. Collies can compete in herding events. Herding instincts and
trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Collies exhibiting basic herding instincts can be
trained to compete in herding trials.
Certain types of collie (for example Rough Collies, Smooth Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs and some strains of
Border Collie and other breeds) have been bred for many generations as pets and for the sport of
conformation showing, not as herding dogs. These types have proved to be highly trainable, gentle, loyal,
intelligent, and well suited as pets. Their gentleness and devotion also make them quite compatible with
children. They are often more suitable as companions than as watch dogs, though the individual personalities
of these dogs vary.
|Originally designed to be an intelligent, robust
working dog, today’s Collie, whether clad in its soft,
furry Rough coat or in its dense Smooth coat, is a
beautiful, appealing dog with a sweet, dignified
expression. The Collie excels as an obedient,
instantly trainable dog with a near-human
personality and devotion to humankind that is
second to none. As a companion for a family with
children, the Collie has no rival: start the camera
rolling, the Collie is the nanny of the dog world, the
most loyal friend any child could dream of.
Illustrated with over 135 color photographs, this
introductory guide provides discussions on breed
history, characteristics and standard, as well as
puppy selection, feeding, grooming, obedience
training, preventative health care and showing.
The new owner will welcome advice about puppy-
proofing the home, preparing for the pup’s arrival,
housebreaking and preventing puppy problems.
Helpful hints and important information are
highlighted to provide easy access to everything
the reader needs to know about life with a Collie
from puppyhood to the senior years.
|The go-to resource for keeping pups
healthy and happy...Takes the guesswork
out of caring for any kind of dog.
An indispensable medical reference for
every dog-owning household. Written by
a veterinarian with a gift for presenting
complex information in a lively, accessible
way, this book covers everything from
choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog.
Thoroughly discusses more than 100
canine illnesses, and includes the most
up-to-date information on pet food safety,
"designer" dog breeds, homemade diets,
vaccine protocols, obesity and heart
disease, pet insurance, and more.
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