Collie

Herding Group

Collie lying down against white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-24 in, Males 24-26 in

Weight

Females 50-65 lbs, Males 60-75 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-14 yrs

History

The Swedish Vallhund originated sometime between the 8th and 9th centuries. Their origin story is debated by historians, with some believing that the Vikings bred Scandinavian spitz dogs with Welsh Corgis, and others believing that the Swedish Vallhund predates the Welsh Corgis. Regardless, it is known that they served as valued herding, hunting, guarding, and watchdogs in Western Sweden for centuries. The Swedish Vallhund is the national dog breed of Sweden.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Collies will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★★★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Playful, friendly, gentle, and very protective (especially children)

Known to bark excessively if left alone for long

Have an uncanny ability to sense if something is wrong- ever seen the movie Lassie?

Strong herding instinct and might try to concentrate children or pets to one location