If you were already born in the 50s you probably know her from the television. Lassie was a fictional female dog character in a television show based on an Eric Knight’s short story. Many people who don’t recognize the breed call “Lassie” to all of these dogs. In fact, Lassie was a Collie. Do you want to know more about these dogs? We will talk about their main features.
One says that there is a lot to find out yet about the origin of this breed. It is commonly said that Collies used to be herding dogs. One says that Collies were farm dogs to the Celt people, who were the first colonisers of British Isles. Later on, Collies became fancy dogs and they were linked to the upper class. One even says that Queen Victoria had a Collie in her kennel in 1860.
It is possible to find a large variety of colours, in which is included red. Still, the prevalence goes to white, black and tan. During the 19th century, there were also bred the “scotch” collies, that is a type of collie with a rough hair. According to their most prevalent features, these dogs were used as guard dogs or to drive cattle.
What dog is lassie?
In the 19th century one says that English breeders established the height and weight standards to this breed. Collies became common in the New World because they were brought by the American settlers. They were mainly used as sheepherders. There were some physical modifications on these dogs during this time. Collies were at that time larger and heavier than before.
The Rough Collie has been more popular than the Smooth Collie but anyone of these became a very dear American breed. Lassie contributed to spread throughout the world the image of the collie dog.
Lassie was probably the most famous collie of the world. Collies are the perfect family dogs. They love to be around people and they usually like other animals too. In fact, they develop a great love for everyone in the family, which makes them perfect family pets. They also love children. Collie dogs are loving and calm creatures, but they also have energy and will to play. They like to play with the kids and to spend time with the family. Since they love human company so much, they appreciate to be always close to somebody, which avoids separation anxiety.
You can train a collie’s behaviour. In fact, you can train your collie to play and to act in an appropriate way according to your lifestyle, because they have enough energy to play but they are also calm animals. They use to learn fast since they are very smart dogs and they need lots of exercise. Collies used to be herding dogs and for that this breed requires exercise. People who would like to have a Collie dog must have free time to make them move and run.
Lassie is a Rough Collie, which is one the two types of Collies. This type of Collie has long hair. There is also a Smooth Collie type, which hair is shorter. Because of the hair, a Rough Callie is not the best choice if you are allergic to dog’s fur or if you don’t have the time to clean your house on a daily basis. These dogs shed throughout the year and they need to be combed very often. Especially if you have or will have a Collie in full coat, you will have to brush his hair once every week.
I have a collie now… what should I do?
A collie requires basically the same that other dogs, but with some particularities due to his own features.
A collie can live in the garden even if it is cold outside, but you must know that collies live better inside house. These are loving dogs which appreciate to be with people and they are good family dogs. Collies need daily exercise, which is crucial for a good health, and frequent hair care.
A collie can live among 8 and 12 years, but it depends on the dog, his lifestyle and his health, among other factors. These dogs are predisposed to suffer from gastric diseases, seizures, some eye diseases, dermatomyositis among other illnesses. It is mandatory to take your dog to a Veterinarian once and a while to check if it is everything alright with him.
A good and balanced nutrition is the key to avoid many health problems. Be sure that you feed your Colie with a complete and high quality food that provides him everything he needs to stay strong and healthy.
There are many Collie subtypes, but undoubtedly Lassie is the most famous. If you live with a Collie you have a good friend around. These dogs are loving animals and you can have great moments of fun with them.