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Is a Scottish Collie the dog for you?
June, 2017 Suzi Newman
Scottish Collies are one of the best family dogs possible: they are devoted to the entire family, eager to please, house train easily, and need less grooming than you’d think. They’re energetic outside and calm inside.
The Scottish Collie is a happy and affectionate dog. They bond well and make particularly good companions for children due to their gentle disposition and readiness to play. They make good household companions and are obedient and willful. This breed is self assured, sweet and trustworthy with an even and well-mannered temperament. They are regularly seen in homes with other animals and children as they are very passive and gentle. This breed has a tendency to nip as ankles as a pup due to its herding background but most grow out of this stage.
Male or female:
It really comes down to a personal preference because in Scottish Collies there is not as great a difference between the sexes as there might be in some of the other breeds. In Collies, either sex can make equally good pets. There are some people who think males are sweeter but females are smarter. In Collies, it seems to be more relative to the particular dog than anything else. The most noticeable difference between the sexes, is one of size and amount of coat, with the females being smaller and generally carrying less coat.
While a well groomed Collie is breathtaking, a common misconception is that Collies require daily brushing or frequent bathing. Simple routine grooming includes brushing, nail trimming, bathing, and teeth and ear cleaning. Actual coat care depends upon the amount of coat a dog carries and the time of year. Brush a Collie using a pin brush. Hold it at an angle to the skin and “back” brush from head to tail in the opposite direction from which hair grows. Then brush with the growth to smooth it out. Collies in full coat should be brushed once every week or two. Hair behind the ears of a rough may mat easily, so remember to brush there. Trim hair between the foot pads so it does not become matted. A dog that is out of coat or in &quot;summer coat&quot; requires less grooming. Smooth Collies have a short dense coat requiring less brushing proportionately. Both varieties shed.
The Collie is generally clean and odor-free. When requiring a bath, use only shampoo intended for dogs, and use a bottle to dilute shampoo with water before you apply, making it easier to rinse your Collie. Human products can cause dry, flaky, irritated skin. Always rinse until the water runs clean; towel or blow dry thoroughly. Nails should neither protrude over the pad nor touch the ground when standing. Clicking nails when your Collie walks also indicates a nail trim. Trim at an angle about 2mm away from the quick. Trim the dew claw hidden in the rough coat. Avoid water into ears when bathing, and when needed use a cotton ball moistened in rubbing alcohol to gently clean the inside ear flap as part of the grooming routine. A quality knuckle bone or weekly brushing keep teeth healthy.
Collie Quick Facts:
Collies are sensitive and can become depressed if spoken to harshly.
Collies don’t have a “doggie odor” as long as they are brushed regularly.
Collies require regular grooming
Collies love to be with their families and bond with all persons.
Collies are not a high energy dog, love daily walks, & have short bursts of energy
Collie's make excellent companions
Ideal Collie Owner(s):
City, Town, or Country folk
People who like country pursuit
What does owning a Collie say about me?
Elegant and graceful
Typically Collies live 10 to 14 years, with the median age being 12, although some have gone well into their 15th or 16th year. We hope with working to improve Collie health, we will improve Collie longevity as well.
Collie Purchase Price
The price of a well-bred, healthy puppy from good bloodlines will vary, depending on the area of the country, the breeder and the circumstances. On an average, a well-bred pet puppy will cost about $1200 in American dollars. Show puppies, depending on the breeder and area, can be in excess of $1500. There will be varying prices depending upon the breeding programs.
Age of Puppies sold
Most breeders feel the best age for putting a puppy into his new home is between 8 to 10 weeks. There are always the exceptions, but this is a good rule of thumb.
Anything earlier than 8 weeks can be detrimental to the puppy's health and well being. Not only does a puppy need the proper socialization with the dam and litter mates, but he/she needs to be eating with no problems for at least several weeks.
Sometimes a breeder keeps one or two from a litter to watch development, so it's not uncommon for an older puppy will be offered at around 3 months. This is actually a very good age to purchase a puppy. Typically the normal housebreaking is begun or even finished by this age. Personality traits are usually more evident. There is nothing wrong with the older puppy. The older puppy will fare better with children also, and be on his way to less work. An older puppy or an adult dog, usually will have less time adjusting to the new home. In the case of an adult dog, it may take a week or two or even longer.
Thank you for reading and we hope this helps! We are here to answer any questions you may have also.