Earlier this week, I tackled the topic of anti-barking dog collars; what they are; and how effective they are. I would like to continue with the topic a bit.
The Collie is a lovely, active, and agile sheepdog made famous by the movie star, Lassie. It is considered one of the most beautiful breeds because of its elegant appearance. This breed presents a picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole.
The Collie comes in two coat varieties, Smooth (less common) Coated and the Rough Coated; the only difference is the length of the coat. It is a devoted, affectionate true family dog that enjoys human companionship.
Sable and white, tri colored and blue merle (not permissible in the UK).
It must be groomed regularly with a brush and comb. Some skilled trimming of the coat is required. The ears and eyes need to be cleaned and inspected regularly. Some of these dogs develop an irritation of the ear but there are special lotions which can provide relief for this. This breed is a heavy shedder.
The Collie is prone to eye defects, hip dysplasia and skin infections.
To minimize the risk of your Collie developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Collie puppy from a reputable breeder.