Breed Guide: Collie

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A collieDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Collie

Height (to base of neck): female 22-24″, male 24-26″

Weight: female 50-65lbs, male 60-75lbs

Color: Tri-color, blue merle, white and sable, and white.

Origin: Scotland and England

Coat: Thick, double coat with harsh straight outercoat and soft wooly undercoat is the standard for the rough coated Collie.  A thick undercoat and short dense flat outercoat is standard for the smooth coated Collie.

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

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Is a Collie the Right Dog Breed for You?

Collies were originally used as herding dogs but centuries ago started to be used for companionship.  Collies tend to be great with children and are gentle and easily trained.  They excel as rescue and guide dogs given their intelligence.  They can be a good watch dog and tend to be aloof with strangers.  They will try to ‘herd’ children and other pets by nipping at heels if this behavior isn’t eliminated with training.  Grooming needs are moderate to high and they are heavy shedders.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Collie Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Osteoarthritis $632 $2,416
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $426 $939
Ear Infection $360 $827
Hypothyroidism $554 $1,394
Skin Allergies $400 $1,147


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