Collie dogs are known best for their innate herding skills as well as their gentle, family-oriented nature. If you and your family are considering adopting a rough collie puppy, there are a few things you will want to learn about first. Below you will find a wealth of knowledge, all about rough collies and how to care for them in their younger years. You will also learn about what to expect with their personality and temperament as they grow, and what health complications that could possibly arise.
Puppies are a handful, especially when you don’t prepare by doing some research on the breed beforehand. Their temperaments and personalities may come as a surprise if you haven’t looked up what to expect, as each breed tends to have its own typical personality or mannerisms. As far as grooming goes for this breed, they do take a bit of work to manage. The “rough” collie gets their name from the texture of their thick fur coat.
The Rough Collie personality is one that you won’t be able to help but fall in love with instantly. Their gentle, lovable nature will have you snuggling right up to them immediately. As a member of a lineage of herding dogs that were once running the fields of Northern England and Scotland, they have a naturally intelligent and loyal personality. Their family, including children, are the center of their world once they’ve become a member of your family.
The Rough Collie temperament is generally calm and docile, but they aren’t shy when it comes to getting up and playing in the yard with the children in the family. They have lots of energy and will love expending it outdoors with the smaller members of the family. Or even with you on daily walks around the neighborhood.
Collies are incredibly intelligent dogs by all standards. You can expect your Rough Collie puppy to catch onto their training rather quickly. Puppy classes are still recommended, but this is more so for the socialization aspect of puppyhood.
Puppy training classes will give you Rough Collie pup the opportunity to interact with other dogs and learn what is and is not okay. Puppy training classes are also an amazing opportunity for you and your new pup to bond and strengthen your relationship.
Positive teaching methods are what will work best with your Rough Collie pup during training. This involves positive feedback with treats and praise when a command was executed correctly. Besides obedience, Collies are also known well for their agility. Making Rough Collie puppies great for someone who would like to raise a dog that runs agility courses and competes against other dogs for fun.
Rough Collies are generally a healthy breed of dog that you can expect a good 12 to 14 wonderful years with. Although, due to a “Collie eye anomaly” that is inherent in the breed, it's recommended to take your puppy to see a veterinary ophthalmologist at 6-8 weeks of age. Due to a genetic mutation called MDR, Rough Collies are also sensitive to certain drugs. You can find out if your Rough Collie has this mutation through lab tests. That way you can be sure your pup can stay clear of those specific medications.
Rough Collies have long, thick coats of fur, so it's right to expect that they will be needing regular grooming. Thankfully, Rough Collies get their name from their rougher coat of fur, compared to their “smooth” cousins who don’t tend to have mats in their fur. Collies have a double coat of fur so there are certain times of year that they will shed more than others. To prevent mats and keep up with shedding, regular brushing 2-3 times per week is recommended. Their elbows and behind their ears are spots that tend to mat up more than others will.
Just like with any other breed of dog, you will want to begin your grooming practices with them at a young age so that they can become comfortable and used to the routine and what all goes on when they are being groomed.
Some great tips and tricks for helping a puppy get used to being groomed include letting them sniff the tools you are about to use and rewarding them with praise and treats after the grooming is finished.
Rough Collies make great family dogs, from puppyhood all the way through their doggie adulthood. Collies, as a breed, are incredibly intelligent and loyal dogs through and through. They also love children. They love to watch over them and play with them. Their undying loyalty and obedient nature are well worth the work of weekly grooming sessions and all else that goes into raising and caring for a rambunctious puppy.