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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 Knoxville?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzes some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Knoxville is considered the 2nd most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A+ for the number of dog-friendly trails and dog-friendly restaurants. It also got an A for dog parks and the cost of dog insurance.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Knoxville

Knoxville has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some sun. There are 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the 5th highest in the country. A few of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Plumb Creek Dog Park, Holston River Dog Park, Dogwood Park at Victor Ashe Park, Paws and Pals Dog Park, and Pet Safe Concord Park. 


Knoxville is also home to a variety of great hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Knoxville City Greenways, West Hills Dogwood Trail, and Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.  

Life in Knoxville with a dog

Knoxville has over 150 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Aubrey’s Strawberry Plains, Cafe 4, Wild Wing Cafe, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria. 


Knoxville has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


The city is a great location when it comes to time to find a place to live with your dog. According to Zumper, Knoxville is the 16th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.


If your friends or family are in Knoxville for a visit, 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 Graduate Knoxville, Staybridge Suites, Comfort Inn, and Extended Stay Knoxville Cedar Bluff. 

Popular dog breeds in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Goldens, French Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, Yorkshire Terriers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. No matter which dog breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will have many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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