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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 Fort Collins?

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, Fort Collins is ranked the 8th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of dog-friendly trails and restaurants. It also scored a B+ for the number of dog parks.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Fort Collins

Fort Collins has 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 city are Twin Silo Dog Park, Spring Canyon Dog Park, Soft Gold Dog Park, and Fossil Creek Dog Park. 


In Fort Collins and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Poudre Trail, Mason Trail, and Lory State Park.    

Life in Fort Collins with a dog

Fort Collins 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 New Belgium Brewing Company, Rainbow Restaurant, Stuft A Burger Bar, Ginger and Baker, and Funkwerks.     


Fort Collins has many other pet-friendly businesses, 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 Fort Collins, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are The Armstrong Hotel, AmericInn Windsor Fort Collins, and Hilton Fort Collins.                  

Popular dog breeds in Fort Collins

Fort Collins is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Beagles, Labs, Chihuahuas, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many other dogs throughout the city.

 

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