Collies are very gentle and loving family pets. They
became famous from the Lassie movies. Originally they were used as herding
dogs. Collies are more laid back than Border Collies so they are thought of
more as family pets rather than working dogs.
-Collies come in several different colors and rough or smooth coats
(mine are all rough coat). Collie colors are Tri-color, Sable & White, Sable, White,
Sable Merle (a sable and white with blue merle markings), and Blue Merle.
Here is a site that explains the colors very well.
-Collies are very gentle and good with children and other pets.
They are ideal family pets.
-Collies make good watch, work, herding, family, companion dogs.
-They are a medium to large sized breed, growing to be anywhere from
50 - 75 lbs. Males are bigger than females.
-Collies don't require much grooming, just a brushing once a week. During the spring
you may want to brush them every day to help remove that winter under coat.
-Collie life expectancy is 12 - 14 years.