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Collies

March 22nd, 2010

ColliesMany things will seem clearer when it is said that Lassie belongs to the Collie family. That is, when we talk about Collies, we usually mean Lassie – rough collies and another type known as the smooth collie. Collies are very lovable, lively, strong and kind pets. They are dogs of different color combinations, such as white, black, sable and gray. Their average lifespan ranges between 12 and 15 years.

Collies, as dogs, have good appetites – they can be fed commercialized dog food as well as home made food. Dry dog food is a must and it should be their main meal. It can be supplemented with meat or a small amount of canned food. They should be given 2 or 3 cups of food twice a day. if you feel like feeding your collie home prepared meals, it is advisable to consult with your veterinarian to find a alternative - and suitable - diet for your dog. If not, you can cause your collie problems with inappropriate food. Water must always be readily available.

If you keep your dog indoors, ensure sufficient exercise is provided. Walks and training should be on a daily basis. If you keep it outdoors, provide it enough shady place due to its sensitivity to heat. If you have a Lassie-like rough collie, it needs to be brushed weekly. Smooth collies require brushing less frequently. Collies shed so you have to bathe them every couple of months. Other parts of grooming goes to nails – trimming every two or three weeks will do. They're specially attached to the kids – they get along with children of any age. Their desire for toys and play shoud be satisfied. Collies also appear to enjoy chasing cars - make sure you keep an eye on them.

Like any other species, collies may have inherited serious health conditions. Eye anomaly and retinal disorder can cause blindness, and bloat, demodicosis are other conditions often affecting collies. They're also prone to hip joint dysplasia – the ball and socket don't seem to fit normally.

Make sure you contact your veterinarian if any of unusual symptoms occur or just to follow regular check ups.