Herd it at the Water Bowl
Greater Illinois, Inc.
PO Box 4169
Lisle, Illinois 60532 (630) 415-1206
Is a Collie right for you?
As a rule, Collies are loving, loyal and devoted companions, gentle with children and with other animals and quiet and dependable house pets. A Collie will bond very closely with all family members and will reward a loving owner with years of unquestioning devotion and affection.
The ideal place for your Collie to live is in your home with the family. Collies are very social, family oriented dogs and do not adapt well to life on a chain or in a kennel. If deprived of it's rightful place as a full-fledged family member, a Collie's personality will never have a chance to fully develop and behavior problems will occur. The benefits of keeping your Collie in the house are many. Your dog will be happier, healthier and cleaner, and you will have a constant source of companionship, love, amusement and protection. Collies are generally very easy to housebreak and if groomed regularly, will have almost no 'doggy' smell. If the idea of having a dog in the house is not acceptable to you, perhaps you need to rethink your decision to acquire a Collie as a pet.
The rough variety of Collie, with it's long, double coat, does require regular and thorough grooming. To keep a Collie in top condition, grooming at least once a week is necessary, more often is preferable. Special attention must be paid to the ears, chest, legs and belly coat. These areas are most prone to matting.