Rough Collies are a wonderful breed

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My wife and I are dog lovers. We currently have two collies, a female age 13 and a boy pup, age 2. The boy has a sibling owned by my son and another collie, age 14; she's an old gal, very sweet, indeed.

From time to time, all 4 dogs get to be together at our home for days at a time and they enjoy each others company very much. In addition, we have a 6 year old Manx cat, Tux. She is confident and socializes with all 4 collies. No chasing, no growling, these collies all respect the kitty as just another family member.

Collies have a wonderfully peaceful disposition with other dogs and farm animals in general. Our collie, Champ had a lot of roaming space when we lived in Virginia and didn't chase deer, squirrels, chipmunks or birds that came to our feeder. He watched them with a very forgiving and tolerant eye. Everything was cool with him. However, when an unannounced human trespasser came to our property he froze the person in his tracks until my wife told him to cool it. Smart, alert and very family oriented. We have had seven rough collies and one Shetland Sheep Dog as family members over the years. Each has or had a different personality, all were smart and great family dogs.

Of those dogs, all but 3 were rescues. We rescued 4 when they were very young and rambunctious. Rough collies are very spirited and require kind discipline as they mature. They want to please so harsh scolding doesn't work. They will do things to please, treats aren't always necessary for them to learn. Our rescues were collies that were turned in because they were too difficult to handle at 9 to 18 months. We took them, worked with them, gave them kind instruction and all became great, loving family members. Our boy dog, King, is my shadow. He needs to be by my side (except when his sister is here in the house, then the two must be together playing.) He is still immature at 2. He's fast becoming our new Alpha dog and is a fantastic watch dog--alert and weary of what is going on. Another Champ.

The most important thing about dogs....all breeds, I believe, is that no matter how tough a day you may have, they are always happy to be with you. For me, our collies, make me feel good inside. 8-)
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We feel the same way about our labs. My wife is always babysitting kids from around town, many of them not even walking yet. They crawl all over my two dogs and they just lay there and take it. It’s amazing how a dog that will bark ferociously at a stranger or delivery man, will go into ultra gentle mode around babys.
When the kids get a little older my younger lab will take his toys up to them and taunt them. If they take it away from him he will sit and wait patiently until they throw it for him. He’ll do this all day.
I cracked up yesterday as the mom next door was in their back yard practicing bow with her son. They had the deer target out and my younger lab spent an hour looking out the back door growling at it.
Yesterday was the opening day of pheasant season. After work I still had a little daylight, so I figured I’d take them out for an hour or so. I got my shotgun and field clothes out and put them on the couch. My older lab knows the drill! He immediately starts whining and getting excited. My 16 month old has only been out once, last year, so he was clueless. As soon as I say the H or B words (hunt and bird) he goes into full tilt crazy mode! I took a video, but the file must be too big to post here. Racking a pump shot gun will also make him go crazy! I was working on a property this last year and while framing I use a Paslode framing gun. My older lab goes nuts thinking it’s gunshots.
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Drake--When I was 11 years old I recall visiting my cousins that lived in upstate NY. They had 70 acres of land, mostly wooded. They had two dogs, one a German Shepard, "Bruno." and a Tri-color rough Collie named Susie. For all intents and purposes, both were farm dogs. On many occasions I'd get my .22 pump Remington and go walking down the dirt road that wound it's way to my cousin's home. As soon as I got my boots on and got the rifle, both dogs were with me. They would walk with me, then dart off into the woods and catch up with me in a few minutes or so. When I went off road, into the thick woods, they'd find me and escort me. Neither were afraid of the report of my rifle, they just hung in there. The two of them kept vigilant watch over me. When I got tired, they'd once again be at my side as I made my way back to the farm house. These dogs did not bother the other farm animals, they all lived in harmony. Obedient, loving, loyal, dogs are amazing. "A dog is a man's best friend" is well deserved.
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Are these Collies pure bread Collies? I had not heard of a rough collie.

We have had lots of different animals on the farm over the years. For awhile when I was a kid there was 4 dogs (2 rat terriers next door, our 2 blue healer dogs, and about 30 cats (pure white) on our farm. 30 TO MANY cats! Some Cats are decent pets. My Grandma live next door and had a great house cat. She would watch Animal Kindom on public TV in the evenings, sometimes that cat would see something on the TV and charge full stride into the TV.. THUD! :lol: Fun lovable cat.

I have heard it said there is a big difference between a cat and a dog. If you die, your dog will lay next to you and wait for someone to come. Your cat will eat you. Little bit of a difference...:lol:

We have a 16 year old Border Collie Rottweiler mix. She has always been a house dog. She is a pretty dog, looks like a little bear. She had a stroke or a seizure last week and I thought it was not looking good, but she seemed to rebound and is doing ok. Her sense of smell is unbelievable. Sweet dog, it will be sad when she is no longer with us.
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We have 2 outdoor dogs. One is a mix of a black lab and either a gray hound or a Great Dane. He a pretty big dog, about 90 lbs, around 10 years old. Someone my wife knew moved and couldn’t take him with them and we took him. The first week when we got him I was irrigating corn, using a ATV I had to check a irrigation system in the middle of the night about a mile and a half away. I ran about 40 mph the whole way. I hopped off the ATV out in the middle of the field (1.5 miles from home). Shut the irrigation engine off and was walking back to the 4 wheeler and that dog came running up to the four wheeler. Scared the crap out of me! I had no idea he was chasing me. I don’t know how many hrs he as spent riding with me in a tractor because he wanted to follow me and I had to put him in the cab of the tractor. He loves to ride. I would have a cats or two but he thinks they are vermin! Kind of a strange temperament, loves to hunt.

Here is a picture not long after we got him. He would let my kid lay on him and would never fuss. :lol:
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We also have a smaller black lab that showed up as a stray a little over a year ago. Fun, energetic, unbelievable friendly temperament. When UPS shows up he jumps up into the truck to greet the driver. You can tell right away is uber friendly. He chases everything that moves. He lines up with my son playing football. When I say hut, hut, he starts barking. Then I say HIKE! And it is game on, he is coming for me. If I throw the ball it is off to the races. Pretty funny.
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Got to love dogs. They make me laugh and I enjoy their company immensely.

Jay, Lassie is a rough collie. Rough collies have long hair. There is also a smooth haired version, same color variations as the rough. Both versions are pure breed and recognized by the AKC. Attached are two photos of our two. Both have Tri-color markings. Lassie was a sable and white. Top photo was taken many years ago when our girl was 3 or so; the other photo is of our boy dog, about 18 months when the photo was taken. They are book ends. Texas AM football has a sable and white rough collie as their mascot.

Chloe (top photo) is 13 years old and was breed by Sylvan Collies in Florida, but was a rescue for us; however, our young boy dog was purchased from the same breeder 11 years later.
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