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The Collie is a widely recognized breed due to its iconic majestic coat and fame as the dog "Lassie" in the famous TV show bearing the same name. Always light on its feet, the Collie is a graceful and effective herding dog as well as a fantastic family companion when properly trained and socialized.
The Collie was originally bred in Scotland, primarily in the highland regions. Effectively used as a herding partner, the Collie is fast and elegant. Standing around 22-26 inches and weighing between 50-70 pounds, the breed often looks much larger due to its puffy coat, which can be seen in tri-color and blue merle along with others in the "rough" or "smooth" variety. Unsurprisingly, the breed is a top shedder, and regular grooming and frequent brushing are encouraged to keep hair contained around the house.
Fame from the 50s TV show "Lassie" launched this breed into popularity, and though it's lost favor to some smaller, newer breeds, the Collie makes a fantastic all-around companion. These dogs are eager to please and love socializing with everyone in the family, including children. They are considered very easy to train and develop a strong loyalty to their humans, so some early socialization and obedience training will go a long way.
Collies, like many herding dogs, have an abundance of energy and a strong desire for purpose. Unless you live on a farm and provide them with sheep to herd, teaching your Collie some tricks or training them for canine performance sports will provide them the mental stimulation and aerobic exercise they crave. Many herding dogs are prone to act out and become destructive if not given a purpose or adequate exercise, and Collies are no exception. But with shared activities and space to play, Collies will thrive with their families.
How dog-friendly is Alexandria?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Alexandria is ranked the most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its number of dog parks, pet sitters, and dog-friendly restaurants. Alexandria also received an A for its number of dog-friendly rentals and hotels.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Alexandria
Alexandria has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. According to The Swiftest, there are 10.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the highest in the country.
Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Chambliss Street Dog Park, Simpson Stadium Dog Park, Fort Ward Park, and Dog Run at Carlyle.
Alexandria is also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Jones Point Park, Belle Haven Park, and Mount Vernon Trail.
Life in Alexandria with a dog
Alexandria has over 100 great pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Le Refuge Restaurant, Southside 815, and Jackson 20.
Alexandria has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, spas, and groomers. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Alexandria, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Lorien Hotel and Spa, The Alexandrian Autograph Collection, Hotel Indigo, and Westin Alexandria Old Town.
Popular dog breeds in Alexandria
Alexandria is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.
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