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Collie Characteristics

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.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Responsive

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 Des Moines?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest reviewed some of the largest American cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Des Moines is the 29th most dog-friendly city, with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city is one of the most affordable places to live with a dog, receiving an A for the cost of dog insurance per month.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Des Moines

Des Moines has many dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to play and get its daily exercise. According to Trust For Public Land, there are 1.3 dog parks per 100,000 residents in the city. Some of the most popular dog parks in Des Moines include Raccoon River Dog Park, Ankeny Dog Park, and Rover’s Ranch.


In Des Moines, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you can go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore are Gray’s Lake Park, Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens, Clive Greenbelt Trail, and Des Moines Trail.

Life in Des Moines with a dog

Des Moines has plenty of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab something to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Proof Restaurant, Lua Brewing, and St. Kilda.  


Des Moines has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and daycares. Plus, the city is a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Des Moines as the 43rd best city for pet-friendly rentals.


If you have friends or family visiting Des Moines, 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 include Surety Hotel, Ramada Tropics Resort, and Residence Inn. 

Popular dog breeds in Des Moines

Des Moines is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Bulldogs, English Springer Spaniels, Havanese, Golden Retrievers, West Highland Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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