The Golden Collie is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Border Collie. These are large size dogs with a strong, sturdy structure. Their common physical traits include a long face with an elongated snout, hanging ears, oval to almond-shaped eyes, a black nose, and a long, shaggy tail. Their dense, flowing coat covers the whole body, except for the feet. This cross is famous for its strong fondness for human company.
|Also known as||Gollie, Golden Border Retriever|
|Coat Characteristics||Dense, Corded, Harsh, Rough, Water-Resistant|
|Coat Colors||Black, White, Black and Tan, Brown, Golden, Yellow|
|Type||Companion Dog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||10-15 years|
|Height (Size)||Large; Maximum 24 inches (full grown adults)|
|Personality Traits||Independent, Loving, Playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
The intelligent Golden Collies have a pleasant demeanor. They are active, dedicatedly loyal and have an intense eagerness to please their owners just for a little attention. Their obedience is quickly reflected through their affectionate and friendly nature, thus making them good with kids.
Though some Gollies might tend to be shy, they socialize well, being happy most of the times. Hence, they do not do well, when kept alone for extended periods of time.
Some dog enthusiasts think that, so much of cheerfulness in their character failed to make them a good guardian. This assumption, however, is not correct, since their alertness is readily apprehensible from their barking instinct. In fact, Gollies are very active and responsive, making for excellent watchdogs. They would start to bark the moment they come across a stranger around and alert their family members about the same.
Brush them regularly, at least 4-5 times a week, so as to keep it smooth and glossy. Regular brushing also promotes blood flow and enhances hair growth.
As they say, “a tired puppy is a good puppy,” chalk out ideas to keep your dog tired, or engaged in your absence, if you think your pup might be sad when you are away. Interactive toys that make sounds or dispense treats would keep your dog busy working hard, trying to reach the treat inside and eventually get tired and fall asleep. Try frozen Kong toys stuffed with peanut butter. This trick should work.
To prevent your dog from being overly excited when your guests come in, teach your it to display a controlled behavior when the doorbell rings. For that, ask your puppy to sit close to the door, and press the doorbell, holding a treat in your hand. If your puppy starts to show any sign of excitement, go close to it and ask it to calm down showing the gift, but do not give it away. Next, repeat the process and do the same, if your dog shows any sign of excitement. Give the treat as it obeys you and sits down calmly. Doing this activity from time to time would help your dog will learn to put a check to its overly wild behavior as well as refrain from incessant barking habits.
If you opt for dry kibbles, go for the product that is meant for dogs of its stature and level of energy. The quantity is 2½ to 3 cups per day, divided into two regular meals.