It is not for nothing that the collie is considered one of the most beautiful, intelligent, and loyal pedigree dogs in the world, although there are people who claim that it is stupid because of its narrow skull and the resulting smaller brain space. Apparently, such people have never owned a collie, and if they have not dealt with it enough!
The collie is a sensitive dog that can adapt to different types of people. He needs a lot of love and understanding, he does not tolerate undue harshness, and a moody character unsettles him. The collie is unhappy when left alone for many hours a day, and mentally atrophies when it has to live in a kennel. That doesn’t mean he can’t be left alone by the hour, but he shouldn’t be “brought out” just for walks. The collie is ideal for people who are willing to give a dog a lot of tenderness, who love beauty, who enjoy colorful long hair, who are looking for a dog that is pleasant in the home, lively outdoors, and is a pleasant companion dog without expensive training measures, that you can take with you wherever you go.
The Collie is a highly social animal, devoted to his family. They're sensitive dogs that seem to have a special understanding of their humans' feelings. They love and need to be with their family. Collies are excellent companions for everyone in the family, young and old.
Some collie breeds have remained as working dogs for herding cattle, sheep, and other livestock, while others are kept as pets, show dogs, or for dog sports, in which they display great agility, stamina, and trainability.
Collies have also become less popular than, say, goldens and Labs because they're not as interactive with their human families, which is what people want more and more. “A collie will play,” Dr.