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Shetland Sheepdogs Compared to Collies

Shetland Sheepdogs, more commonly known as shelties, are often confused with collies and are sometimes referred to as "miniature collies". However, the Sheltie and the Collie are two distinct breeds. And, while they do look very much alike, there are quite a few differences. [...]

Smooth Coated Collies and Rough Coated Collies

In the United States, many people have never even heard the terms "rough coated collie" or "smooth coated collie". This is because the vast majority of the collies we see here in the US are what is known as "rough coated collies", meaning that they have long hair. However, there is a short haired collie, most often known as the "smooth coated collie". They are rare in the United States, but quite common in the United Kingdom. The American Kennel Club considers rough and smooth coated collies to be the same breed, and they are judged by the same breed standards, so that the only difference is the length of the coat. [...]

Dealing With The Collie's Tendency to Be Skittish

Collies are sweet dogs with mild and gentle dispositions. They typically make great family or working dogs and are extremely intelligent. However, early, consistent and appropriate training is critical with the collie, as they can be prone to timidity and skittishness. These traits can be overcome, but it requires appropriate action on behalf of the owner. Here are some things to understand when training your collie: [...]

Making Your Collie the Perfect Family Pet

So, you've purchased a collie puppy for your family. You've made an excellent breed choice, as collies are gentle and sweet dogs that are very loving and loyal to their families. But, as with any breed, your collie requires training in order to be the best family pet possible. Here are some things you need to know about owning a collie in order to make them the best family pet possible. Collies need to be with people This is not a dog that can live happily in the backyard while your family is indoors. Collies can suffer from separation anxiety, and they'll be quite unhappy if they are isolated from the rest of the family. When isolated, they are prone to being destructive. [...]

Quieting the Barking Collie

Collies are one of the best breeds of dog for family pets. But, they do require training, including training on when it is and isn't appropriate to bark. Collies are barking dogs by nature, as this is part of their herding instinct, and if not trained appropriately, they can be prone to excessive barking. But, there are ways to teach your collie to bark only when it's appropriate, especially if you begin training early on. [...]

The Collie in Obedience Competition

If you'd like to pursue some form of dog competition with your collie, obedience competitions are one of the best choices. Collies often excel at obedience trials due to their intelligence and eagerness to please. If you'd like to put your collie in obedience trials, begin with basic obedience training and socialization first. While collies will usually master the commands quite easily, it is important to remember their natural temperaments and fears before putting them into the ring. [...]

Collies/Shetland Sheepdogs/Border Collies How Are They Different?

Three breeds of dog that are commonly confused are the Collie, the Border Collie and the Shetland Sheepdog. All three are distinct breeds. And, while they have some similarities, they also have many differences. Following are some of the most common differences and similarities between the breeds. Collies Collies were developed in Scotland as sheep herding dogs. They come in two varieties: the rough coated, or long haired collie, and the smooth coated or short haired collie. They stand approximately 20-25 inches tall at the shoulders. Males weigh between 46-66 pounds and females weigh between 39-55 pounds. [...]

Grooming and Showing a Collie

Collies are masters in the show ring. They are one of the most beautiful breeds of dog you'll ever find, and they possess an air of elegance in their movements that makes them perfect show dogs. If you want to show your collie, however, they will require some regular grooming. Following are the things you should know about grooming a rough coated collie for show. First of all, rough coated collies require regular brushing to keep their coats looking good. You should brush them at least once a week; more often if they're to be shown in the near future. Never brush your collie while his hair is dry, as this can cause it to break off. Spritz him with a little water before you begin brushing. [...]

The Collie's Herding Instincts

The Collie breed was developed in the Scottish highlands and lowlands as a herding dog for flocks of sheep. Many years and much care was taken to breed in the appropriate herding instincts to make the collie a superior shepherding dog. If you own a collie as a family pet today, you'll note that many of these shepherding instincts show in your collie's behavior. Following are some things to note about how collies behave that are directly related to the use of the breed as a shepherding dog. [...]

Collies in Agility Competition

Agility competitions are favorites among dog enthusiasts. Agility competition is a great way to keep your dog active and fit in body as well as keep his mind active and alert. It's also a great way to spend time and bond with your dog, since dog and owner work closely together when running agility courses. Agility courses are, simply put, an obstacle course for dogs. Each obstacle course will have several different sorts of obstacles, including hoops, "teeter-totter" type devices, dog walks (like a "catwalk"), A-frame obstacles and tunnels, along with other jumps and obstacles. [...]

Collie Weird Facts/Did You Know?

The following famous people are/were collie owners Queen Alexandra Queen Victoria Shannon Doherty Herbert Hoover Courtney Cox David Duchovny/Tea Leoni President Lyndon Johnson Renee Zellweger Elvis Presley Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Oprah Winfrey Calvin Coolidge The television show "Lassie" about a collie that had been featured in books and a movie, ran from 1954-1974 and caused a major surge in the popularity of the Collie breed in the US. Lassie is the only animal to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [...]

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