|Barked: Sun Aug 24, '08 9:22am PST |
|I guess it depends on what book you read really. But heres what I've learned from my collie, what I've read and others I met:
-They are intelligent dogs, this does not mean however that they need less training it just means they pick up and retain commands easier. They also get easily bored so you have to vary their training routine. Befor I rescued my collie he was trained to walk out the back gate of the owners yard, walk across the fenced park, to the gate at their young sons school and wait to pick him up (seriously)
-They shed, year round the only difference is that at certain times of year they shed worse and it comes out in clumps. The long caot needs regular brushing, but with it is fairly easy to kep mat free. Smooths shed as much as roughs (they are still double coated) but require less coat care
-They are moderate-high activity level. It's not as bad as you may think. They are no worse than any labrador retriever I have met. They need daily exercise but they are content to lounge around the house afterwards
-If socialized they are extremally friendly and not as reserved as a border collie or aussie may be. They are excedingly loyal and make perfect guard dogs.They make excellent therapy dogs and can thrive at any dog sport you choose, I have even seen them do search and rescue, police work, and carting.
-I have heard issues of barking, but it is usually bordem barking. Managable through exercise. They will also give off warning barks if they hear something, they will even 'taddle' on your other pets or kids if they are up to no good. I have had great sucess teaching my collie and aussie the quiet command.
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