|Barked: Sat Oct 24, '09 8:53pm PST |
|As already stated, it's going to vary by the dogs personality, upbringing, etc. But since I have smoothies, I thought it might be good to give you a rundown of my smoothies.
1) Are rough collies destructive as puppies?
Not on purpose. They tend to learn very quickly what is off limits...but they ARE puppies, so a certain amount of chewing and mischief is to be expected. Make sure you provide the pup with things he should be chewing, and your life will be easier. Of course, proper supervision is required, as with any other young being.
2) Are rough collies easy to house train?
Smoothies and rough collies learn very quickly. They are known for being very smart.
3) Generally are collies friendly with other dogs and people?
Yes. You'll find lots of admirers whenever you go out with them.
4) How good are they at being left alone for a small period of the day?
Mine do very well, but they aren't alone for very long. Between the different schedules various members of the family have, they aren't alone more than 3-4 hours on any given day.
5) Are rough/smooth collies got the motivation to work, like a border collie has?
Yes, but they don't have the super high energy level. They are bred to herd, but are also excellent at agility, wagon pulling, or just being a homebody.
6) What are they gernerally like at home- always active or do they lay around etc?
Mine tend to loll about when we're being quiet. They tend to lie down at my feet when I'm watching tv, sewing, or reading. But as soon as I get up to do something, they are right beside me raring to go! They love to go places and can get bored if you don't provide them with something to stimulate their brains.
7) Do they have any special requirements eg food, care etc.
There are some medicines collies should not have-your vet should be able to give you a list. Good quality food is important, they LOVE treats, but are very easy to care for overall.
8) How much to rough collies shed? how much do smooth collies shed? I know labradors shed alot.
Smooth collies shed twice a year or so. If you brush them frequently, it's not bad at all, but if you don't brush them for a month or so, it's going to build up and seem like a lot. We brush our smoothies one or two time a week and they are fine. Versus the rough collie we had many years ago...who needed to be brushed every day or so.
9) Are they very vocal? do they bark alot?
They are vocal. But that is something that varies greatly from one dog to another. The two smoothies I have right now trade off-the one who barks at home is silent at the dog parks or when she is on an outing. The one who is silent at home is extremely vocal at the dog parks. And our last collie was pretty quiet unless someone was coming to the door, and he'd alert us then stop.
10) Are they generally stuborn, carefree, hyper or laid back? Or does this depend on the dogs personality?
In general, collies are pretty laid back, but can be willfull at times. My current collies dislike getting their feet wet-so when it rains or snows, I know that I have to get outside with them or they will sit on the porch and not take care of business. As soon as they see that I've gotten wet, they are just fine. Go figure! The ones I've had before never had a problem with it. One thing all collies seem to have in common is that they are a bit aloof towards people they don't know. But once you become family, they are lovable goofs. Even the most dignified collie has a goofball buried deep inside.
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