We welcome all walks of life and the diverse activities our collies are engaged in. The rescue division of the Collie Club of Victoria Inc., known as Victorian Collie Rescue, is a dedicated group of volunteers that provide a safe and healthy haven for all collies placed into our care until loving forever homes can be found.
The exact origin of the collie has been cause for debate, however, in the early 18th century the Collie’s home was in the highlands of Scotland, where it had been used for centuries as a sheepdog. The dogs were bred with great care in order to assist their masters in the herding and guarding of their flock. Queen Victoria visiting Scotland could see the potential in the collie and added the collie to the Royal establishment, leading to its popularity during Victorian and Edwardian times. In the 1960’s , the collie became popular again with the Lassie films and TV series.
GROOMING AND PHYSICAL NEEDS
- Grooming Needs: A good brushing once or twice a week is sufficient, a bath every 4 to 6 weeks in summer weather and less frequently in cooler weather. A good rub down with a wet flannel will remove surface grime and freshen between baths.
- Coat Type: The outer coat straight and harsh to the touch, the undercoat soft, furry and very close. Rough – Long, double coated. Smooth – Short, double coated.
- Moulting: Moderate shedding, generally twice a year, less for desexed pets.
- Exercise Needs: A daily walk, free running and play time with a ball etc. are recommended, will easily adapt to family circumstances.
- Average Life Span: 12 – 14 years.
- Family: An excellent family dog who like to be regarded as a member of the family. They are not a dog to be left in the yard with very little human contact.
- Temperament: Happy, gentle nature with a friendly disposition and no trace of nervousness or aggression. Get on well with other dogs and household pets & loyal companions for children.
- Trainability: Intelligent & easy to train, respond to love and affection rather than harsh discipline.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Excellent with other dogs and pets.
- Barking: High tendency, will bark if bored (as will any dog).
The breed is agile and easy to train, participating in various disciplines, i.e. obedience, agility, flyball and herding.
Collies (Rough & Smooth) are generally very healthy dogs, Eye Anomaly (CEA) and Hip dysplasia can be a problem. Not all heartworm medications are safe for Collies.
Stand Number: 498