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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.

Fast Facts

  • 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 Minneapolis?

A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Minneapolis is ranked as the 14th most pet-friendly. The city is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly locations in the country due to its high number of dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and shopping centers.

A similar study from WalletHub ranked Minneapolis as the 28th pet-friendly. The city is a great location for outdoor pet-friendliness and pet health and wellness, ranking 25th overall for both categories. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Minneapolis

Minneapolis has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to get their daily dose of exercise. According to the study from SmartAsset, there are over 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include Loring Park, Victory Prairie Dog Park, Lake of the Isles Dog Park, Franklin Terrace Dog Park, and Sochacki Dog Park.

In Minneapolis, you’ll find several great hiking trails for when you want to take a scenic walk with your dog. A few spots worth exploring with your furry friend are Mill Ruins Park, Bde Maka Ska, Minnehaha Park, Luce Line State Trail, and Nicollet Island Park.

Life in Minneapolis with a dog

Minneapolis has over 190 dog-friendly restaurants, so you’ll have plenty of choices when you want to grab a bite with your pup. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Brasa, Red Rabbit Minneapolis, Aster Cafe, Carma Coffee, and Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.

Minneapolis has plenty of other dog-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, and groomers. The city has the 4th lowest dog insurance premiums in the country, and there are four dog-friendly shopping centers for you to shop with your pooch. One great spot you can enjoy together is the Mill City Farmers Market. There you can find live music, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of vendors.

If your friends or family are visiting Minneapolis, there are dozens of pet-friendly hotels for them to stay in with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Hewing Hotel, Radisson RED, and Aloft Minneapolis.

Popular dog breeds in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is home to many different kinds of dogs. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Lab mixes, and Chihuahuas. But, no matter which breed you decide to bring into your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.

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