Intelligent, obedient, active, and watchful dogs. Collies are eager to learn especially with reward-based training, Collies seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, Frisbee, tracking, rally and competitive obedience. Although they are often good with children and are usually friendly, some Collies can be wary or reserved with strangers.
The Collie originated in Scotland, where they were bred for hundreds of years to work as shepherds and guard dogs. Today the Collie is one of the most popular breeds in the world. Over the years, the Collie has developed an amazing level of intelligence and the breed has been used for herding, protection, water rescue and as a guide for the blind. Queen Victoria, J.P. Morgan, Jim Reeves, Cecil Hepworth, Brooke Langton, Mario Lemieux, David Duchovny, President Coolidge and President Hoover have all owned Collies at some point during history. The Collie's reputation for bravery, loyalty and intelligence was further enforced after the release of the film, "Lassie Come Home" in 1943 and popularity soared through the '40's and '50's when the TV Lassie series idealized the Collie as a family dog. The health of the breed suffered somewhat as indiscriminate breeding took place to capitalize upon the breed's popularity, but today Collies remain consistently popular with pet owners.