Are Collies Good Apartment Dogs?

The Rough Collie catching a plastic disc

Are Collies good apartment dogs? Whenever someone hears the word “Collie” they immediately think “Lassie”. Collies are highly intelligent dogs and are supported by a friendly attitude and a generous energy level. Collies are great apartment dogs but you need to show them affection and exercise a lot to avoid problems.

height
22 to 26 inches
weight
50 to 70 pounds
life span
10 to 14 years
group
Herding Dogs
Adapts Well to Apartment Living
Good For Novice Owners
Sensitivity Level
Tolerates Being Alone
Tolerates Cold Weather
Tolerates Hot Weather
Affectionate with Family
Kid-Friendly
Dog Friendly
Friendly Toward Strangers
Amount Of Shedding
Drooling Potential
Easy To Groom
General Health
Potential For Weight Gain
Size
Easy To Train
Intelligence
Potential For Mouthiness
Prey Drive
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
Wanderlust Potential
Energy Level
Intensity
Exercise Needs
Potential For Playfulness

The Collie is a relatively large dog. Strictly speaking, there are very rigorous standards for the Collie’s traits. Flat skull with arched eyebrows. Black nose, chiseled face, etc. Generally speaking, most of their traits stand without any big changes.

Probably the biggest difference between champion Collies and pet Collies are the ears. Most pet Collies are there because their ears didn’t fold their tips forward. Unfortunately, it’s very unlikely your pet will have folded ears. Unless of course, you buy a Pedigree Collie.

Fluffy puppy

Common misconceptions about the Collie breed

  1. All Collies look like Lassie

    Most people think there’s a sable and white coat and that’s it. However, Collies actually come in six different colors, yes, six. The sable and white coat Lassie had is probably the most famous, but the sable can range from lemon to dark mahogany.

  2. There’s only one type of Collie dog

    Collies can have one of two possible coat styles. There are rough and smooth-coated dogs. The rough-coated dogs require average-to-high brushing and grooming while the smooths are more forgiving.

    The main difference is obviously the coat. Rough Collies have a long and harsh outer coat and a gentler undercoat. While smooths have short hair with a soft undercoat. The other big difference is that smooth Collies are both more outgoing and more agile. Rough-coated dogs are better for less active people.

    A rough Collie should be brushed one time per week for about 30 minutes. It’s also important to note that they shed once a year if they are males, and 2 times per year if they are females. Smooths are happy with one brushing every two weeks. Luckily Collie’s hair is much easier to clean off furniture than most other types of dog hair. Also, it’s common for them to shed close to their birthday.

  3. Collies are bad with children or as family dogs

    Collies absolutely love children. They treat them as young members of the flock and tend to be very, and I mean very, careful and gentle with young children. They are excellent companion dogs altogether because of their good temperament, energetic attitude and high intelligence.

    One thing to look out for is that Collies become very protective of their own and rarely tolerate other people hurting them. This can be dangerous if you have kids being teased at school and must be careful not to let the dog hurt the other children

  4. Collies are one-man types of dogs

    As you have already seen Collies are great in families. They are affectionate and happy and their intelligence helps them adapt very quickly to a variety of new people. Collies need companionship, if you’re an owner that doesn’t think he’s going to spend a lot of time with his dog then this breed is not recommended for you.

    Young collie posing on the deck

  5. I’ve heard that Collies are shy but noisy

    Collies are not shy. They are outgoing and thrive on socializing with other people and animals. For this reason, they can get noisy if left home alone for a long period of time. They become bored easily because of their natural cleverness.

    Thus they need a companion and leader that puts them to work and bonds deeply with them. They may bark when a stranger walks by or when a cat drifts through, however keeping a Collie in an apartment you are already eliminating these problems, just make sure not to leave him alone for too long.

  6. Collies have a big coat so they can stay outside even in the winter

    I know this isn’t an issue when living in an apartment but it has to be said. This is a horrible idea. Keeping a dog outside in the winter is very dangerous. There are very few dog breeds that are inherently capable of withstanding harsh weather. While the Collie might enjoy being outside for the most part do not leave him out all the time. Also, their ears become much more vulnerable and are susceptible to freezing.

  7. I understand that Collies eat a lot

    Collies eat a surprisingly small amount of food. I recommend feeding them top quality, or professional food if you will, because they don’t need a lot of it. Two to three cups a day is good.

    Even though it’s more expensive the alternative is not even reasonable. If you try to feed them lower quality food you will have to feed them at least twice as much to maintain the same weight. Also, Collies gain weight very fast, and it might become hard to maintain the proper amount of food if you don’t have specific information.

  8. Collies are very active dogs and require lots of exercise

    This misconception often appears due to a confusion between a Collie and a Border Collie. Border Collies have limitless energy and are just as intelligent as Collies. They are the ones who require plenty of exercise.

    Collies are generally quite lazy, and they are happy with a daily walk and some exercise. They love playing catch and retrieving balls and other things, especially if they are taught young. They are also great jogging partners and will keep nuisances out of your way when you’re in the park.

  9. Eye problems are common in Collies

    There’s the infamous “Collie Eye Anomaly”. This is an affection of the retina but it affects vision rarely. Most Collies never have any problem with this defect because breeders work very hard to eliminate harmful effects. They also work very hard to eliminate the other common Collie problem called “Progressive Retinal Atrophy” with which the dog becomes blind later in his life.

Cute puppies taking a break

Collies are great apartment dogs, they do not need extensive exercise but are very hearty and happy. They do need affection and time spent with them but what kind of dog doesn’t? Besides, this is the reason you’re getting one. They are loving, affectionate dogs that are great family dogs and adapt well to apartment life.

Collie Breeders in the USA

Chatham Collies & Shetland Sheepdogs (Illinois)

Address
Wilmington, IL
Website
www.chathamcollies.com
Phone
(815) 4764174
Email
fergieline@aol.com

Hi-Crest Collies (New Jersey)

Address
Edison, NJ
Website
www.hicrestcollies.com
Phone
(908) 5617098
Email
hicrest121@aol.com

Lakewinds Bulldogs & Collies (Connecticut)

Address
Newtown, CT
Website
www.lakewindsbulldogsandcollies.com
Phone
(203) 4260135
Email
lakewindsbull@aol.com

Showboat Collies (Louisiana)

Address
Bush, LA
Website
showboatcollies.com
Phone
(985) 8750071
Email
maryleeo@bellsouth.net

Avalon Collies & Training (Pennsylvania)

Address
New Providence, PA
Website
www.avaloncolliez.mysite.com
Phone
(717) 7866150
Email
avaloncolliez@aol.com

Cando collies (Pennsylvania)

Address
Buckingham, PA
Website
www.candocollies.com
Phone
(215) 7943122
Email
linda@CandoCollies.com

Wyndlair Collies (Wisconsin)

Address
Monroe, WI
Website
www.wyndlaircollies.com
Email
wyndlair@hotmail.com

Jereco Collies (Wisconsin)

Address
De Pere, WI
Website
www.jerecocollie.com
Phone
(920) 8332242
Email
jerecocollie@yahoo.com

Bonayr Collies (California)

Address
Fresno, CA
Website
www.bonayrcollies.com
Phone
(559) 6818226
Email
Bonayrcollies@yahoo.com

Turnberry Collies (Arizona)

Address
Flagstaff, AZ
Website
www.turnberrycollies.com
Email
turnberrycollies@gmail.com

SnoValley Collies (Washington State)

Address
Issaquah, WA
Website
www.snovalleycollies.com
Phone
(425) 4455277
Email
portraitsbymarycox@gmail.com

Clearvu Kennels (Virginia)

Address
Lynch Station, VA
Website
www.clearvukennels.com
Phone
(518) 9479747
Email
clearvu2@gmail.com

Heritage Farms Collies (Michigan)

Address
Tekonsha, MI
Website
www.heritagefarmscollies.com
Phone
(517) 2273999
Email
heritagefarmscollies@gmail.com

JEM’S Collies-Berger Picards (North Carolina)

Address
Bolton, NC
Website
www.jems-collies.mysite.com
Phone
(910) 8305018
Email
jemsmickeytoo@gmail.com

Collie Breeders in the Canada

Malvons

Address
Prince George, British Columbia
Website
www.malvoncollies.com
Phone
(250) 9639678
Email
malvoncollies@gmail.com

Prairie Wynd Collies

Address
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Website
www.prairiewyndcollies.ca
Phone
(604) 8646477
Email
prairiewyndcollie@gmail.com

Rainycreek

Address
Bentley, Alberta
Website
www.rainycreekcollies.com
Phone
(403) 5059807
Email
renee@rainycreekcollies.com

Glendamar Collies

Address
Leduc, Alberta
Website
www.glendamarcollies.com
Phone
(587) 9865207
Email
glendamarcollies@gmail.com

Whiskeyjack

Address
Waldheim, Saskatchewan
Website
www.whiskeyjackcollies.ca
Phone
(306) 7169616
Email
whiskeyjack6@hotmail.com

Prairiepine Collies

Address
Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Website
www.prairiepine.com
Phone
(306) 8425546
Email
mlw@minards.ca

Moonshadows

Address
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Phone
(905) 3826627
Email
moonshadowspage@sympatico.ca

Collie Rescue Groups

Tri-State Collie Rescue

Address
Ohio
Website
tristatecollierescue.org
Phone
(901) 2389703
Email
kadkins@ars.com

Houston Collie Rescue

Address
Stafford, TX
Website
houstoncollierescue.org
Phone
(281) 5646852
Email
houcollierescue@yahoo.com

NorCal Collie Rescue

Address
Redwood City, CA
Website
www.calcollierescue.org
Phone
(650) 8519227
Email
info@calcollierescue.org

Southland Collie Rescue

Address
Dana Point, CA
Website
collie.org
Phone
(951) 7896325
Email
info.collie@gmail.com

Rocky Mountain Collie and Sheltie Rescue

Address
Pueblo West, CO
Website
www.colliesheltierescue.org
Phone
(719) 5474008
Email
rmcsr@colliesheltierescue.org

Collie Rescue League of New England and Eastern New York

Address
Cranston, RI
Website
www.collierescueleague.org
Phone
(800) 2963265
Email
crlneapplications@gmail.com

ColliesFlorida Rescue

Address
Gainesville, FL
Website
www.colliesflorida.org
Phone
(352) 2710780
Email
colliesflorida@mac.com

Cascade Collie Rescue

Address
Eugene, OR
Website
www.cascadecollierescue.org
Phone
(541) 2219144
Email
info@cascadecollierescue.org

Collie Rescue Network

Address
Hornepayne, Ontario
Website
www.collierescuenetwork.com
Phone
(705) 3622868
Email
rheaumecynthia@gmail.com

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