Collie Question

are collies scared of everything?


are collies scared of everything?

    In Collie - Asked by Anonymous - 5/15/2011 4:30:10 PM
Yes, if the collie is not properly socialized. Unfortunately some puppy mills jumped on the "band wagon" that the Lassie films caused and created some very timid and nervous family lines. Always try to meet the breeder and at least one of the parent dogs. Meeting both parents and other related dogs would be best.
    Answered by wywildfire - 5/18/2011 1:35:47 PM
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A timid collie is not desirable according to the breed standard. There are many collies that aren't very brave. Responsible breeders will only breed collies that have desirable collie qualities and fear isn't a desirable quality. That is why it is important to support responsible breeders who really care about improving their breeds. I have rescued and trained many collies. A fearful collie can benefit from training and all puppies should be properly socialized when young; but it is so much easier to breed for a correct temperament, than it is to correct a fearful personality.
    Answered by nccollies - 6/25/2013 10:53:28 PM


Any dog that is not exposed, as a puppy, to new things can be timid or fearful. Collies are often "reserved" -- which is different than "scared". The breed as a whole is more SENSITIVE to environmental changes than more rough and tumble breeds (such as Dobies or Labs), but good early exposure to lots of different stimuli promotes puppy confidence.
    Answered by alevangel - 8/19/2013 1:39:46 PM