The Collie is a lithe, strong, responsive, active dog, carrying no useless timber, standing naturally straight and firm. The deep, moderately wide chest shows strength, the sloping shoulders and well-bent hocks indicate speed and grace, and the face shows high intelligence. The Collie presents an impressive, proud picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole. Except for the technical description that is essential to this Standard and without which no Standard for the guidance of breeders and judges is adequate, it could be stated simply that no part of the Collie ever seems to be out of proportion to any other part. Timidity, frailness, sullenness, viciousness, lack of animation, cumbersome appearance and lack of over-all balance impair the general character.
The Collie is a healthy, sturdy breed with an average life expectancy of 12 years. Quality food, regular exercise, routine grooming and an annual health exam will help keep your Collie in peak health. Your Collie’s annual health check-up should include parasite control, dental exam, heartworm screening, and every third year a distemper/parvo vaccine. Rabies vaccine needs to be administered every one to three years depending on state laws. All Collies should have a preliminary eye check by a registered canine ophthalmologist to test for Collie Eye Anomaly. Examined dogs have a certificate from the eye specialist describing that dog’s vision.
While PRA, progressive retinal atrophy, is quite uncommon today; genetic testing clears parents. Speak with you breeder for more information. Some Collies are sensitive to certain drugs, such as Ivermectin, found in some heartworm preventatives, and also some over-the-counter drugs like Imodium
As a herding dog, Collies need moderate amounts of exercise. Both exercise and play helps keep your dog happy, healthy and mentally alert. It keeps their weight in check and tones their muscles. Being a social animal devoted to its family, this is an easily accomplished task. Your Collie is easily trained and will enjoy walking, jogging or running with you. Collies are highly intelligent and enjoy games ranging from fetch to Frisbee catch. They can also excel in performance, herding, and tracking. Many Collies get all the exercise they need from playing with the children in their yard. Microchip and register your Collie to help ensure its safe return if lost.