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AKC Meet the Breeds: Collie

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Although a large, active dog, the Collie is both elegant and graceful, appearing to float over the ground as it runs. Loyal and affectionate, the breed is naturally responsive to humans. Marked characteristics include the beautiful coat of the rough variety and the breed's lean wedge-shaped head. The coat can be rough or smooth, and the four accepted colors are sable and white, tri-color, blue merle and white. The best-known Collie is, of course, the famous Lassie.

A Look Back
The exact origin of the Collie is uncertain, but they have existed for centuries as herding dogs of Scotland and England. They were used primarily as a drover dog, guiding cows and sheep to market. The true popularity of the breed came about during the 1860's when Queen Victoria visited the Scottish Highlands and fell in love with the breed -- from that point on Collies became very fashionable.

Right Breed for You?
The Collie is a devoted family dog, especially with children. Although they require daily walks, they can also be couch potatoes. Despite the Rough Collie's immense coat, they only need to be brushed about once a week, although the need for brushing may increase in shedding season. Collies are also a very clean breed and are noted for not having a doggie odor.

  • Herding Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
  • Ranging in size from 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and 50 to 75 pounds.
  • Herder; drover.

Comments (2)

  • judiadavis52 14 Mar, 2013

    Best friend I have. Not only beutiful but kind and loyal.

  • RosePHarmer 11 Aug, 2010

    Sweetest Dogs Ever!