Relatively Unknown Facts About Collies


Originally bred for the herding purpose, Collies are an energetic and loving breed. They are very amicable and get along the family well. Besides their long fur coats and enthusiastic temperament, do you know enough about the Collies?

Keep reading to find surprising facts about Collies.

  • Collies were initially bred as herding dogs more than 300 hundred years ago. The breed started somewhere in the region of Scotland and the breed’s ancestry can be traced back to a single dog whose name was Old Hemp. Although Collies are more mild-mannered than other herding dogs, they are very efficient at their work. The Collies are extremely smart and have an innate predatory instinct. They are efficient at chasing after the sheep and keeping them in line. However, due to their genteel nature, they do not kill.
  • Collies are a smart animal and pick up tricks very swiftly. However, it is necessary to train them the right way. Teaching them essential tricks like sitting down, backing off or other equally important commands are very important so that they do not pick any bad habit.
  • Collies are an extremely popular dog breed because of their luxurious long coats and remarkable intelligence. Rik and Diane Stirling are proprietors of the Stirling Collies and are experts at breeding the healthiest Collies with the lushest coats.
  • Collies are very energetic dog breeds and love to play and exercise. However, at the same time, due to their superior intelligence, they can also get bored if they do not have anything interesting to keep them engaged. These dogs need constant stimulation. Hence, it is necessary that you set aside a significant part of your everyday schedule for playing you’re your pawed friend.
  • Collies primarily come in three main types – Border Collie, Rough Collie and Bearded Collie.
  • Collies have also been utilized as rescue dogs because of their expert tracking skills.
  • Collies have a relatively long life. On average, most Collies have a lifespan of fourteen to fifteen years while some can even live up to nineteen years.
  • Like all other dog breed, Collies have their own share of health problems. They generally suffer from eyes and skin related problems and can even develop deafness in old age.
  • Collies can track and hunt other creatures with a lot of precision and accuracy. They do this by crouching down in a cat-like position to give them stability and speed.
  • Collies hold the pride of being the smartest of all dog breeds. Quick to learn and easy to train, the Collies are the perfect blend of beauty and the brains!

An absolute delight to own, the Collies can be extremely easy to train and a pleasure to have in the house.