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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 Gainesville?
Dogs are part of the family. If your pup is to thrive and have an enjoyable life, it’s important to ensure you live in a pet-friendly environment. There are many factors that determine whether a city is pet-friendly. 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.
Gainesville is great in many of these areas, which is why it is widely considered a very pet-friendly city.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Gainesville
Gainesville and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and meet other dogs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Squirrel Ridge Park, Possum Creek Dog Park, Celebration Pointe Dog Park, and Haisley Lynch Park.
Gainesville and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Loblolly Woods Nature Park, Forest Park, O’Leno State Park, and Palatka-to-Lake Butler State Trail.
Life in Gainesville with a dog
Gainesville has over 90 pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Wahoo Seafood Grill, Swamp Head Brewery, Metro Diner, Amelia’s, and Loosey’s.
Gainesville has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Gainesville, 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 Sweetwater Branch Inn, Aloft Gainesville, TownePlace Suites, and AC Hotel Gainesville.
Popular dog breeds in Gainesville
Gainesville is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, Beagles, and Rottweilers. No matter which breed you choose to add to your family, your new pup will find many canine companions dogs throughout the city.
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