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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 Bridgeport?
Dogs are part of the family. If you want your pup to thrive and have an enjoyable life, it’s important to ensure you live in a pet-friendly environment. There are several factors that make for a pet-friendly location. Dog-friendly businesses, access to dog parks and hiking trails, and rentals that allow dogs are just some of the things that improve the quality of life for your dog.
Bridgeport excels in many of these areas, which is why it is widely considered a very pet-friendly city.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Bridgeport
Bridgeport and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Tarrywile Park, Naugatuck Dog Park, Bark Park, Woodbridge Dog Park, and Winslow Dog Park.
Bridgeport and the surrounding area are 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 The Cascades at Lake Mohegan, Racebrook Tract, Collis P. Huntington State Park, and Bear Mountain Reservation.
Life in Bridgeport with a dog
Bridgeport has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Ralph ‘n’ Rich’s, Bloodroot, The Restaurant at Captain’s Cove, Harborview Market, and Hub and Spoke.
Bridgeport has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. Plus, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Bridgeport, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are Holiday Inn Bridgeport, Ethan Allen Hotel, and Microtel Inn and Suites.
Popular dog breeds in Bridgeport
Bridgeport is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Goldendoodles, German Shepherds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and French Bulldogs. No matter which kind of dog you decide to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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