Collie Dog Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the collie dog is that they are noble, highly intelligent, sensitive, sweet, kind, easy to train, good with other pets, devoted, protective, playful, gentle, willful, good natured, energetic, stubborn, and suspicious.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is great for children and families. This breed of dog is wary of people they don't like.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of the collie dog is around 14 to 16 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 50 to 75 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with collies include but are not limited to PRA, eye defects, hip problems, arthritis, and sun sensitivity.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is relatively easy with this breed of dog as they tend to be housebroken completely within about a week after they turn 12 weeks or so. Shedding is heavy, brush daily.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not for the apartment or condo environment. Not for the frequent traveler. This breed of dog craves human attention so the best owner will have a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. Their yard needs plenty of shade and the Best Owner needs to provide plenty of water.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy a collie are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost of this breed of dog is around $750+. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected. They will, however, be suspicious of people they do not like. Younger dogs tend to try to herd their owners, but they generally outgrow that tendency.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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