Type: Pure Breed
Height: 22 to 26 inches
Weight: 50 to 75 pounds
Life Expectancy: 14 to 16 years
A naturally intelligent dog, the Collie is a friendly dog and beautiful to look at but is also known to be a proud dog. They are also known to easily read the human mood and physical expression and easily relate with children making them a top choice when looking for a family dog.
They are dogs that like mental engagement and keeping busy, which also makes them a good choice for working dogs.
COLLIE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
With eyes naturally looking bright and alert, the Collie is strong, active, and lithe moving around with strength, speed, and grace. A naturally agile dog, you find them moving in one direction at top speed and switching to another direction in an instance.
The Collie comes in two coat types, smooth and rough. The smooth coat type is short hard and flat while the rough coat type looks abundant long and rugged. Both have a soft and abundant undercoat.
Their general appearance is that of a proportional look all around, a well-balanced look from their head to tail, giving the Collie a very beautiful look.
The origin of the present-day Collie remains a mystery. There are insinuations on the origin of the word Collie being from the Gaelic word “useful”.
However, the first recorded history of the Collie was in the highlands of Scotland in the 1800s. During this period, they were used in Scotland as farm dogs. Their popularity then was a result of how hardworking and useful they were to the farmers then.
Some folklores traced their ancestors as far back as the first century but the lack of proof and documentation here left many wanting as to the validity of this claim.
In 1860, Queen Victoria was on a visit to the Scottish Highlands. She came across the Collie dog and instantly fell in love with them. Their intelligence and their carriage were an instant hit with her. Needless to say, there was this attachment between the British people and their Queen then. Whatever the Queen approved of the people had the tendency to follow through. Call love or loyalty, the British took to favoring the Collie as an exotic pet dog.
As the 1800s was coming to an end, the breed started being imported into America. The mid 19th century saw a soar in popularity of the Collie in America. The book Lassie Come-Home written in 1940 by the English author Eric Knight was an instant hit in both Britain and America with it being turned into a movie in 1943 and cumulating into its own TV Series from 1954 to 1973.
The popularity did not stop there, the Collie fictional story was turned into animated movies, comic books and even had its own toy franchise.
All the features depicted in the fictional character are actually the true character of the Collie in real life, a fast learner, intelligent dog, ability to keep composure even when under pressure, and the most liked characteristic, the ability to be the best companion any child could wish for.
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