Do you have a favourite breed of dog? You may have guessed it, but I definitely have a soft spot for collies. Jamie, the handsome collie cross below has been apart of my life for 12 years, his 12th birthday coming up this Christmas Day 🙂

Collies are one of the most intelligent breeds, so I had lots of fun teaching him tricks when I was growing up. Their high energy and their capacity to learn quickly means that they are a popular breed chosen for people who are very active and/or enjoy sporting events. Below are 5 facts about collies that you may not have known.

  1. Excessive white pigmentation can cause deafness and eye defects. This is dominant in double merle breeding, therefore it is frowned upon because of the health defects related to skin pigment.
  2. Because of how quickly they process information and were bred to visually detect movement,  car rides can be overwhelming because the movement increases their visual stimulation. You can recognise this with excessive panting, shaking, and barking
  3. Collies are known for their herding skills, however, they are also recruited for tracking and search and rescue.
  4. If a collie does not receive enough exercise and mental stimulation it can lead to destructive and neurotic behaviours such as chewing, barking, shadow chasing (or anything that moves for that matter! bikes, children, skateboards etc), nipping, or obsessing.    
  5.  Not only are collies high energy, they crave attention. This can make them a good candidate of being a PAT dog. 

Taking on a collie is a big commitment, however if they have enough opportunity for them to display natural behaviours in a safe way, they can provide you with hours of entertainment 🙂 It is amazing to view the videos where collie owners have set their dog to work hoovering and sweeping. It shows that we are capable of creating a two way helping relationship with this intelligent breed of dog.