Thanks to a century of being a pop culture icon, the Collie is one of the most well-known and adored dog breeds in the entire world. There is a sleek “smooth” Collie in addition to the more well-known full-coated “rough” Collie. Sable and white, tricolor, blue merle, or white coat colors are available in both kinds. The exquisite wedge-shaped head of the collie, with its perky ears and expressive almond eyes, is prized by breed enthusiasts. Collies are well known for their affection for kids and make ideal family pets.

Collie dogs measure 24 to 26 inches in height, while bitches measure 22 to 24 inches, at the shoulder. The usual weight range for males is 60 to 75 pounds. Females come in the weight range of 50 to 65 pounds.

The Collies are usually a healthy breed, with the life expectancy being 12 to 14 years.

Recommended Health Tests:

  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • MDR1 DNA Test

The dog-loving Victoria was responsible for making the native herding breed famous among her courtiers and subjects during her numerous extended visits at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands during the second half of the 19th century.

Nearly 2,000 years before Victoria, during the Roman invasion of Britain in the first century of the Common Era, the Collie’s progenitors are thought to have traveled to Scotland. Roman herding cattle and neighborhood canines interbred over many years.

Around 1800, the Collie first appears in writing. Author and canine breeder Albert Payson Terhune popularized the breed in 20th-century America for a new generation of eager young readers who delighted in the Sunnybank Collies’ escapades. With his book Lassie Come-Home, British author Eric Knight established one of the greatest pop-culture franchises ever.

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