The Rough Collie, known for its intelligence as well as its magnificent coat, originates from the border country between England and Scotland. The Collie dogs are one of the best herding dogs in the world. The breed is divided into different varieties; the Rough Collie, made famous by the TV series dog called Lassie, the Smooth Collie, which is better known as a farm working dog, and the Border Collie, which is renowned for its herding abilities. It can be difficult to tell the different varieties apart from one another, and the length and type of coat are the main distinguishing features.
The Rough Collie has a luxurious long, flowing coat that requires very regular grooming. They are high shedding dogs which may require daily brushing when they are shedding, which may happen twice a year. They come in a range of colours including sable, sable and white, tricolour and blue merle.
Collies are known for their high intelligence, loyalty, and gentle nature, although they can be shy with strangers. They are highly trainable and excel in various dog sports and agility activities, so are often used as show dogs. Collies are excellent family pets and are good with children but do require a great deal of exercise.
The high intelligence of Collies means they require constant mental engagement, and they may become bored and engage in destructive behaviours, particularly digging, if not provided with activities and tasks. They can be known to bark excessively if they are unhappy or lonely.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Collie, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.