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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 San Francisco?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, San Francisco is ranked as the 59th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best when it comes to outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 2nd among all major cities. San Francisco is also well above average for pet health and wellness, being ranked 29th overall.


A similar study by SmartAsset ranked San Francisco as the 8th most pet-friendly city in the country. They say that the city’s high walkability score and frequent sunny skies make it a great place to have a dog.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in San Francisco

With 4.2 parks per 100,000 residents, San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of dog parks in the country. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city are Golden Gate Park, Fort Mason Center, McLaren Park, and Mountain Lake Park.


In San Francisco, there are several dog-friendly beaches to help you make the most of the California sun. Some of the most popular beaches include Crissy Field Beach, Fort Funston Beach, and Ocean Beach.


The city also has plenty of hiking trails for your dog to explore. A few great places to hike with your dog include Grandview Park, Lands End Trail, and Barbary Coast Trail.

Life in San Francisco with a dog

There are over 200 dog-friendly restaurants in San Francisco, so you and your furry friend will always have a spot to grab something to eat. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Plouf, Bi-Rite Creamery, El Metate, Piccino, SoMa StrEat Food Park, and Nob Hill Cafe.


There are many other dog-friendly businesses in San Francisco, including pets stores, groomers, and spas. The city also has five shopping centers where your dog can join you.


If your friends or family are in town, there are over 100 dog-friendly hotels for them and their dogs to stay in. A good number of these hotels don’t charge extra service fees for pets. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in San Francisco include Laurel Inn, Beacons Grand, Kimpton Buchanan, and the Phoenix Hotel.

Popular dog breeds in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Poodles.

 

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