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Part of the reason groups like Collie Rescue Network exist is because people don’t do proper research before brining a dog into their home.  Reasons shelters and rescues all across North America hear for no longer being able to care for their animals range from, “we had no idea Great Danes got so BIG” to “this Border Collie puppy just never stops moving!  He’s go-go-go and we can’t keep up!”.

Knowing what kind of dog will fit into your home, your family and your lifestyle is incredibly important. Owning an animal of any kind is a commitment on your part that means, literally, life or death to the animal involved.  Animals can’t feed themselves, get water from the tap, bathe or care for illnesses themselves - they are much like having a toddler in the house for the next 10+ years!  If you are NOT ready for that level of commitment, don’t get a dog (or cat or bird or any other dependant living being). It is unfair, to say the least, when they are entirely dependant on you for everything, if you are unable (or unwilling) to ensure their lives are not just “okay’ but full of love and enrichment.

When it comes to Collies and rescue we’re always a little amazed by two things; one, that people are shocked that “Lassie needs rescue?”  - like all Collies are Lassie and they are shocked anyone would give up the dog who saved Timmy from the well, and, two, that people get Collies expecting them to BE Lassie!

Are Collies great dogs?  Do they have soft, gentle temperaments and personalities?  Do they usually make great family dogs and are they normally good with kids or other dogs or cats?  Well - that depends! Collies are, first and foremost, dogs.  Like any dog if they’ve not been socialized properly they may or may not be trustworthy around children or cats, for example.  Also like any dog, every Collie is different and while one of the benefits of knowing a certain breed is that you can generally tell what the temperament will be like, there is always an exception to the rule.  In general Collies are gentle, soft, affectionate dogs who need to be with their people. They are not a dog who will live happily outside, alone.

Collies are a commitment when it comes to coat care - even Smoothies shed like crazy!  Roughs need daily (or every other day) brushing to ensure they don’t get matted and their coats and skin are in good condition. Do NOT shave your Collie - double coated breeds have a double coat for a reason and removing the top coat makes them hotter (yes, hotter, not cooler) and can destroy their coat when it grows back in.

Like any dog, a Collie is a lifetime commitment. They are, in general, gentle, loving, affectionate dogs who love to be with their families. They are., generally, good with kids, cats and other dogs (again, keeping in mind all dogs are individuals with their own quirks).  

Is a Collie Right For You?