Before purchasing your Collie, you must give some thought to the personality and characteristics of this breed to determine if this is the dog for you. This is not a pet for the laid-back owner who will not give the dog the training and attention that any dog deserves. A bright dog like the Collie can get into very creative mischief if left to his own devices. Boredom leads to destruction. The Collie is a dog for the individual who is looking for an active, intelligent dog to spend time with every day, a personable pal who wants to be included in activities and chores both indoors and out.
This is a very smart canine that wants to please his owner. He is very easy to train, will make an excellent watchdog and will be proverbially loyal to his whole family. Collies have strong nurturing instincts, as well as herding instincts, and will assume responsibilities for all of the members of their pack. The Collie is not a one-man dog and will bond strongly with every person living under your roof.
Since a responsible breeder will have many questions to ask you about your expectations, lifestyle, home accommodations and so forth, you should begin to think about the answers to all of the possible questions before you decide to purchase a Collie. Here are some of the questions on the test:
1. Do you have the time to give to a dog? He will need care, companionship, training and grooming. This is almost like having a child, except the dog remains a child and will always require your care.
2. Do you have a fenced-in yard for your Collie? He must have a sizable secure area in which to run and exercise.
3. Have you owned a dog previously and did that dog live a long and happy life with your family?
4. Are you prepared to have a dog in your house that may weigh up to 75 pounds?
5. Do you have time to groom your dog? The Rough Collie is a breed that carries a lot of coat. He will need to be brushed frequently, even daily, in order to avoid mats. He will shed and you will find hair on your furniture and clothing. The Smooth Collie, because of his short, smooth coat, will require much less grooming time.Page 1 | 2