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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 Madison?

A study from SmartAsset analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which location is the most pet-friendly. In their study, Madison is ranked the 5th most dog-friendly city in the country. The city has the highest concentration of pet stores and vet offices, and it has the 4th highest number of dog parks per resident.


A similar study from WalletHub ranked Madison as the 26th most pet-friendly spot in the country. In the study, Madison ranked 30th for outdoor pet-friendliness and 38th for pet health and wellness. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Madison

Madison has tons of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy. According to SmartAsset, there are 4.2 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular parks in the city include the Boneyard, Quann Dog Park, Sycamore Dog Park, Capital Springs Recreation Area, and Warner Dog Park.


When you want to go on a long walk with your dog, the city also has several great dog-friendly trails. A few spots worth checking out are Capital City Trail and Southwest Bike Path.

Life in Madison with a dog

Madison has over 50 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Alchemy, Karben4, Green Owl, The Boathouse Restaurant, and Madison Sourdough.


Madison has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, pet stores, and daycares. The city is also one of the best places to live when it comes time to find a residence for you and your dog. A study from Zumper ranked Madison the 5th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.


If your family or friends are visiting Madison, they’ll find dozens of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Edgewater Madison, Graduate Madison, Baymont Inn & Suites, and Hotel Indigo.

Popular dog breeds in Madison

Madison is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas, Siberian Huskies, and Boxers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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