THE COLLIE is 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weighs 50 to 75 pounds. Although a large, active dog, the Collie is both elegant and graceful, appearing to float over the ground as it runs. Loyal and affectionate, the breed is naturally responsive to humans. Marked characteristics include the beautiful coat of the rough variety and the breed’s lean wedge-shaped head. The coat can be rough or smooth and the four accepted colors are sable and white, tri-color, blue merle and white. The best-known Collie is, of course, the famous Lassie.
The Collie is a devoted family dog, especially with children. Although they require daily walks, they can also be couch potatoes. Despite the Rough Collie’s immense coat, they only need to be brushed about once a week, although the need for brushing may increase in shedding season. Collies are also a very clean breed and are noted for not having a doggie odor.
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Bandit is an "older but elegant" gentleman of a tri-colored Collie. At 12 years old, he moves a little slowly and would prefer to live in a single story house rather than hoofing up and down the stairs. We have added some supplements to his diet to ease his arthritic joints and promote some much needed skin and coat improvement. Bandit is a very affectionate dog. If you stop snuggling or petting him and he is wanting more attention, he looks directly into your eyes and lets out one little "woof." Bandit is quite healthy in general, is neutered, heartworm negative, has all updated vaccines and is microchipped.
Sahara is a 67#, 9-year-old spayed female, mahogany sable rough-coated Collie. She is a smart and gentle soul that loves everyone and everything; people, cats, dogs, birds and squirrels.
Miley is a 6-year old, spayed female, 58# blue merle rough-coated Collie. She is a bright and friendly little soul that loves humans and gets along well with dogs and even cats, when properly introduced. She bounds after squirrels and intruder cats in the back yard and can be a bit of a barker.
A young adult female tri-colored Collie was passed around in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. She was unwashed, unkempt, and unloved. She was hit by a car over a year ago and had minimal care for her two broken front legs and damaged eye. We got a call from a small group of women who do their best every day for the lost souls in their little piece of the world. Now this poor Collie had a litter of puppies and nowhere to go. Could we help? Yes.
Mac Gregor is a big, beautiful, glorious 86# rough-coated Collie. He is about 6 years old, which translates to a dog that is settled and not too wild but always open to an adventure. He is neutered (of course!), housebroken and updated on all vaccines. Big Mac is one of those dogs that will have people stopping you on walking trails to ask where you got "Lassie's cousin." He will greet everyone with the same predictable even temperament that makes him the quintessential Collie.
Toshito was named after a much beloved Collie, Tosh. And since Toshito was a smaller version of Tosh, he became "smaller Tosh" or Tosh-ito. The name did not slide easily off my tongue for the first few days and for that reason, the boy answers to "Tish-Tosh" and other goofy similar nicknames. He just smiled back at me with that crooked, adorable Collie grin and asked what time dinner would be served!
Please begin the process for adoption by reading our Policies & Guidelines and, if we sound like the right group for you, proceed to the online Adoption Application. From there, our receipt of your completed application will be confirmed by email. You will receive a follow-up phone call if we feel you are a good potential applicant for the dog. Lots of good conversation with the foster family, a reference from your veterinarian, and a home visit round out the screening process. We take dog adoption very seriously. Please put a lot of thought into why you want to adopt a dog, and help us make a good match for your family. We appreciate your taking the time to visit with us. We will look forward to hearing from you as well.