|Barked: Thu Oct 25, '12 4:17pm PST |
What kind of temperament do the collies bred in North America have? Do tey like to fetch or play game of tug with their owners?
Yes, definitely playful and can be silly. Love to play herd eachother (and take turns who is "sheep"), some are driven to fetch (can't put the frisbee) down, others don't really care for it.
Are they shy or friendly?
Definitely friendly, as they should be if well-bred. Shy, timid Collies are very common in poorly bred dogs. They are a sensitive breed and if mistreated, neglected, or not from well-balanced parents - being shy/neurotic will be an issue. They aren't in-your-face kind of friendly, like a labrador, but they should be accepting of strangers.
Is fearfulness or nervousness common?
Yes, like I said, in poorly bred dogs it is common. You definitely have to pick out your collie probably. They aren't as popular as they were in the 50s or 60s, so the amount of breeding has thankfully decreased. But if you go to a great breeder, it shouldn't be a problem. It's also more common in rescued Collies too.
How active they are like how much excercise or mental activities they need?
Active in the sense they will do what you ask them too - happy to hike with owners, run with other dogs, go for walks, etc. They are smart and need mental stimulation - especially in the younger years. Not too demanding in exercise though, a moderate amount (30 minutes 3x a day) is good.
How attached they are to their owners?
Definitely attached and loyal, they care about their owners! Separation anxiety is more common with rescued dogs (and can stem from the shy/timid personality types) ... but isn't a huge issue with the breed.
Are they social towards other dogs?
Yes, social and outgoing, but not annoying about it. But if they've had a negative experience with a dog or a breed, they will remember it.
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