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Any collie owners out there?

I'm referring to the Lassie type collie. I'm interested in learning more about this breed as I'm thinking about adopting a collie mix of some type. My main concern is the sensitivity issue that I've read about. We're not always a quiet serene house and there is more than occasional yelling that occurs (not looking for flames or advice about this). We don't yell at our pets and we focus on positive reinforcement. If I adopt I'm going with an adult from a rescue. I'm guessing each dog is different, so is there way to know if a dog would be able to handle this type of environment, or should I stay away from collie mixes altogether?  Any thoughts? I'd like to hear about other collie characteristics as well. I'm going to go through a rescue I'm guessing they can tell me a lot of the specifics to determine if the dog is a good match. TIA
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Re: Any collie owners out there?

  • I know he's not the lassie type, but Raider is part border collie.

    TTC #1 since 10/2012. BFP 11/28/12, EDD 8/10/13. MMC found 1/11/13, measured 5w6d
    Everyone is welcome.
  • Our first dog was a Collie/Chow mix and she was one of the best dogs ever.  She was really sensitive to shouting and we had friends sent home for shouting at our dog.  The usual kid loudness didn't bother her but if it was directed at her, she was crushed.  Honestly, if you are going to yell at the dog at all, I wouldn't think of a Collie as necessarily the best choice.  A good majority of the ones I've met since then are similar.

    We had a rough coated Collie and she was beautiful.  We had to keep her well-groomed (especially because I was very allergic) but it wasn't a huge deal.  I would brush her for hours and she would let me.  We had her professionally groomed every 6 weeks or so.

    They are a herding breed, so you need to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. We walked with Roxie and thought up tons of tricks for her.

  • Collies are VERY reserved dogs.

    I have a border collie/lab mix. She is the very sweet and smart but as soon as we have small children over, she runs off to her crate. She has been this way since she was a puppy and we never understood it until I talked with my aunt. She raises purebread collies, and she said that is their nature. They make great pets but are better for quiet homes without children.

    Good luck with your choice.

  • Raider hates loud noises. For example, if the garage bag needs replaced in the kitchen, he RUNS (which is rather amusing on a hardwood floor) for his crate. The sound of the bag really scares him. It's the same with an plastic bag, really.?

    However, we live in an urban area, so he's used to loud noises from outside. I suppose we might be the exception to the rule. He doesn't mind loud voices or small kids. In fact, he loves kids.

    Like I said though, he's a mix. His disposition definitely has something to do with this.

    And like someone else said, collies are herders. If Raider doesn't go on at least one long walk and one short walk a day, he's a PITA. They need to be stimulated physically and mentally, they are incredibly smart as well.

    If you are willing to devote the time to their needs, they are incredible, loyal dogs. I think we'll always have one in our house.?


    TTC #1 since 10/2012. BFP 11/28/12, EDD 8/10/13. MMC found 1/11/13, measured 5w6d
    Everyone is welcome.
  • My first childhood dog was a rough collie and he was a wonderful dog. I am the oldest of 4 girls and he did well with all of the attention, but wasn't really the type to seek it out unless there was ice cream involved! He required a lot of grooming, with 4 girls, there was always someone to brush him. He was definitely very attached to my father, and my father was very attached to him. As a herding dog, they prefer to have a job to do. We had a farm, so he would heard chickens, sheep and little girls.

    As far as his sensitivity goes, my father is a very soft spoken man and Denver (the dog's name) was his dog. My mother is a yeller and he avoided her as much as he could.

    Hope this has some sort of helpful information! 

  • My dog Jackson (the one in my bio) is probably a rough collie/border collie mix. The only thing border collie about him is his coat color and frisbee skills lol.

    He is extremely sensitive. But we are a very active household with a lot of coming and going and he deals pretty well. He was a wild stray and even with that rough background he loves people so much that he was able to battle through and become comfortable with people.

    He is a total attention hound. He loves to snuggle. Almost too much lol. He actively seeks attention and will approach strangers for affection. He isn't the most relaxed with strangers but he will occasionally walk up to people and bump them with his nose or lean against their legs. So not all collies are reserved or fearful of people.

    He is extremely empathetic. Scarily so. If someone is sick, hurt, scared he is there. I want to do therapy work with him but I'm afraid that he is almost too empathic and wouldn't do so well. But he loves elderly people.

    With some desensitizing my collie boy has gotten used to loud voices. He doesn't like it, but he isn't traumatized by them. He has never been noise phobic and could care less about some "scary" sounds.

    Now some cons:

    - The collie mouth. I don't think I've met a more vocal breed of dog. He whines, howls, barks. It is piercing. When he is excited and worked up he barks a lot and sings on command. I know other collies were this is a problem. Some aren't as vocal but be prepared just in case. That being said, he has never been one to bark while I'm at work. He's been in apartments for the last 5 years and I've never had a problem. Now, playing in the yard or on a walk when he is nervous is a different story.

    - Herding behavior. Collies are still herding breed dogs. They can be high energy and smart. They need you to work with them all the time. They get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from pleasing you. They can be nippy and my boy is extremely motion reactive. I think the collie/border collie wires got shorted out with that one lol. But some collies will chase, herd or nip kids.

    - The grooming. Even though he is a mix my boy sheds like crazy. Be prepared for brushing, mats, and other grooming needs.


    Really, every dog is different. Some collies are headstrong, others meek. The general rule of thumb seems to be that most collies are sweet, affectionate to their people, empathetic, and just plain kind. They have old souls to me. They can be loud, messy, and much bigger than people think lol. They need a lot of exercise and prone to health problems from poor breeding.  Until we got involved in sports I wanted another collie. Someday when I have the room and time to do rally or freestyle I will hopefully be able to add a rough collie to my pack :)

    Jackson: I used to be wild, like the wolf, and now I'm reduced to posing in pink petals for your enjoyment. The joys of domestication
    Poe: Here we go once again with the "I was a wild stray..." story. Blah blah blah *eye roll*
    Blog: The Misadventures of Jackson and Poe
  • I lost my sweet collie a year ago and still miss him terribly.  He just showed up in my yard one day and no one seemed to be looking for him.  He was also a herder and I could let him out in the back yard and he would herd the birds and squirrels and was happy doing it.  He was also the "dad  figure" of the three female dogs he lived with--if they got snippy with each other, he would get between them and break it up in a sweet way.  Once some workmen left my gate open and the others ran out and had to be retrieved, but he stayed.  He loved his home and was the sweetest boy ever.  I don't know about the yelling, because there isn't that much of that here.  I definitely want to adopt another one.
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