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Collies: How to Take Care of Them and to Understand Them (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
The Collie is a herding dog originating in Scotland. Lassie the star of the movies was a rough collie, which means he had long hair. Smooth collies have short hair and are not as popular. A male collie played lassie because the females usually have shorter hair and tend to lose their long coats (temporary) at times, especially after having pups. Lassie in the movies and Albert Payson Terhune who wrote many collie books, including Lad of Sunnybank helped collies became popular. Collies come in three varieties. Collie, which includes both the rough and smooth, Border Collie and Bearded Collie. The farm collie was usually not a pure bred but could be any mix. Shetland Sheepdogs known, as Shelties or miniature collies are not really collies, but are a different breed all together.
Collies were used for centuries in Scotland as sheep dogs. The early collie, called the Scotch collie were heavier and less fine boned then the collie today.
Now collies come in four colors. Sable and white (most popular) Tri color, which is black and white and tan. Blue Merle that is like the Tri color but the black is diluted to a mottled gray blue color. The fourth color is white. White collies are mostly white except for their heads.
Collies make excellent assistance and therapy dogs. One Guide dog training facility in Florida uses just smooth collies as guide dogs for the blind. Collies are generally sweet and protective. They train easy and are people dogs meaning that they will bond to humans and make a close companion. In my own experience my collie would stay with me and walk at my heels. He tented to be shy and would run away from rough people.
Problems in collies are shyness and eye difficulties. When purchasing a collie pup check to see if the parents have had their eyes checked. Interbreeding has made the problem worse and dogs can go blind.
Collies tend to make good protection from bears. When I was raising collies a rancher told me that he kept several collies because whenever a bear would come on his property the collies would gang up on the bear and harass it until it would run away. Other dogs might try to close with the bear and get killed, but the collie tends to run and nip while racing around the bear. They don't endanger themselves by trying to close with the bear. Several collies give each other courage to attack the bear while a single collie may run from such a threat.
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The border collie is a sheep-herding dog and has been bred for working ability. They usually are medium size, and their coats can be from slick to lush. They come in many colors, but the black and white is the most common. Eye colors also come in many colors from deep brown to blue. Border collie ears are different too, from fully erect to floppy.
Border collies are highly intelligent and have an instinct to work. If considering a border collie remember that they are extremely energetic and would not do well to be kept in the house or tied up.
Understanding Border Collies
They need room to move and require a lot of attention. The instinct to herd is so strong that without sheep, they may try to herd family members, cats, squirrels, bikes and cars or whatever that moves.
Border collies end up in shelters because people will don't do their research before buying one and can't give it the attention it needs.
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Dear Collie Fans,
I am writing to you in behalf of your Heavenly Father. He is seeking you like a lost sheep. You remember the Bible story? It is about a shepherd who has 100 sheep. But when he brings the sheep home one night, one is missing. He then leaves the 99 sheep and goes out into the wilderness until he finds that lost sheep.
In this parable the shepherd goes out to search for the one lost sheep-the very least that can be numbered. So if there had been but one lost soul, Christ would have died for that one. To read more click Lost Sheep