All the Reasons We’re #CrazyForCollies
Collies! Big or small, rough or smooth, merle, sable, black, white, or black and white with tan patches—we just can’t get enough of these intelligent, energetic and tenacious dogs.
Here’s a roundup of all the different types of collie dogs and their close relatives.
First up, it’s the rough collie.
Despite their namesake, these beautiful dogs are everything but rough. They’re loving, loyal, sensitive, friendly and especially fond of children. As if that weren’t enough, collies are one of the easiest breeds to housebreak.
And what a sight to behold rough collies are! Their double-layered coats can vary in color from light silver to deep mahogany. That said, to keep their coats in tip-top condition, these pups need to be brushed often.
Hooray for the smooth collie.
Some people believe they’re the same breed as their rough collie lookalikes. Some say they’re a different breed altogether. We love them either way!
The smooth collie tends to be bigger than the rough collie, and longer too. A male can weigh up to 75 pounds! Here’s a handsome photo of a smooth collie.
Bounding in from left field is the border collie!
All you border collie (BC for short) parents out there know your lives wouldn’t be complete without one of these black and white bundles of fun—and neither would this list. Many dog lovers would argue that the BC is the world’s smartest dog. Whether that’s true or not, we’re bowled over by their energy, agility and hardworking nature. Border collies are the coolest of companions, as their parents will attest.
Surely the sheltie makes the list!
It sure does! We couldn’t write about collies and leave out this little love. Though technically not a collie, the spirited Shetland sheepdog is considered to be a miniature working collie.
These playful pups are perfect city dwellers, as long as they’re physically active and entertained. Here’s a sheltie in some stylish boots and a raincoat.
The ladies love a beard.
And who wouldn’t love this fuzzy-faced fur ball? The bearded collie, fondly known as a “beardie,” is typically an affectionate soul and can be either boisterous and bossy, or calm and sweet. But whatever the beardie’s personality may be, they’re adored the world over. What’s your beardie like? Tell us in the comments section at the end of this article.
Part collie. Part something else. All perfect.
As all parents of collie crosses will tell you, you don’t have to be a pure breed to be purely perfect.
Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!
We know they’re more like collie cousins than proper collies, but these Australian shepherds looked at us with their beautiful eyes and we couldn’t help but include them in this list! These persuasive pups come in all shades and patterns, making each one unique. Being similar to both the border collie and the English shepherd, Aussie dogs have personality in spades. Be sure to keep your Aussie entertained; Otherwise, he’ll entertain himself by chewing your favorite shoes.
Do you have a capricious collie? Share your story, post your photo, or show your appreciation in the comments section below.
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