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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by HammyHamster, Jul 22, 2009.


  1. HammyHamster

    HammyHamster PetForums Newbie

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    My husband and I would like a collie, we are keen on getting a male collie puppy and training him to do agility when he is 12 months old. As newlyweds we also plan to have children in teh future. I have read a lot about the breed and am concerned that collies and kids do not mix. Is this true or with training would we be able to manage? Thanks for any answers
     
  2. Badger's Mum

    Badger's Mum PetForums VIP

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    I was brought up with welsh boarder collie's. and never got bitten:D. think there are alot of colly people on here with children:D
     
  3. ColliePower

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    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Collie person here!!!!!!

    I dont have kids (yet!) but have 2,3,4 and 5 yr old nieces who are around him several times a week and LOVE him yes he chases them about, but like any dog they're never left alone, and always watched, but for me, when mines up the field and the kids throw his frisbee he loves it and loves them so much!!!!!
     
  4. RowanWolf

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    Collies are very intelligent and you will need a firm hand and good training but they are great dogs and I have never seen a problem with them and kids.
    We had 5 collies/collie mixes (not all at once hehe) as I was growing up.

    They do have boundless energy and are inquisitive :)
     
  5. When i was a child my dad always wanted a collie but the rescues wouldnt let him have one as were told they were not good dogs to have around children. i know many people with collies and children though and the dogs are absolutly great with them. People also told me when i got Holly (rottie) as a pup i was making a very bad mistake as she wont be good with the kids. Shes now nearly two and extremly gentle with them and infacts loves all children that she meets.
    So while some people may say somethings are not a good idea, as long as you can put in the time for excerise and the training the dog requires while looking after kids aswell i shouldnt think there would be a problem regardless of breed.
     
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    I was brought up with Collies & Greyhounds and a few brothers.

    The only thing I didn't like was when mine used to run off and round up the sheep. It was awful! Not for me but the farmer used to come and shout at my father.

    I loved our Collie.

    My friend has one, they are very intelligent.
     
  7. HammyHamster

    HammyHamster PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for that, we have done a lot of research and are prepared to put in teh time. I would just hate to have a child and then have problems with the dog. I would never want o rehome it but I couldn't rehome a baby/child!
     
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    As long as you still put the time in with the dog when children come along there should'nt be a problem. One of our GSD's used to stand guard on bedroom door when nephew came to visit and had a nap the dog would come straight to us when he woke (without training just did it off his own bat) and a friends collie did the same thing when she had her baby, it actually got more "upset" when the baby was being burped :D as she could'nt understand why mum was hitting the baby :eek:
     
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    If you treat the dog right in the first place and give it a outlet for his energy (agility absolutely brilliant, but be aware its 18 months for them to be able to do it properly;)) then no reason why he won't be okay with kids. You just have to ensure the dog doesn't get dropped the moment a kid arrives otherwise you are asking for problems. Obviously children come first before a dog but its cruel to lavish time and attention to then suddently stop it. Be realistic about the time and energy you can afford to spend on the dog and then decide. ;)
     
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    I think that as you are planning to take your collie to agility once s/he is old enough, and you amke sure you give him/her enough exercise and mental stimulation you will have no problem with kids.

    The collies who are nippy with children are the ones who people just go out and buy because thy are cute and don't give a thought into how to properly mentally stimulate, in most cases, the collies who nip children are just bored.

    Well done for making sure first.

    x
     
  11. CheekoAndCo

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    When our 2 poodles died we thought we would try another breed and got a collie. All he done was bite and growl at me. He was taken out long walks each day and we tried to train him but he just didn't mix with children. In the end we took him back and got a poodle again.
     
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    I have had Drym for 11 years I also have 4 children - he has only ever wanted to look after them and love them - he has never been grumpy with them ever x

    Fey was a problem at first but she didn't have the best start in life but she soon came round and was as gentle as a lamb with all my kids

    :)

    Collies are awesome x
     
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    A well stimulated and excercised collie should be fine with kids - but don't buy one from a farm, it will be more likely to display herding/nipping behaviour, and is less likely to have had early socialisation with kids. With one from a pet home or from show lines you stand a better chance of getting a nice pet. Welsh collies are a bit less 'full on' than borders, my friends have one (from a farm) and she has been very easy to live with. I've heard blue merles tend to be more manic, don't know how true that is. If you want to do agility, look at the build and go for a lighter, leaner frame.
     
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    I had a collie as a child and can honestly say they are good with children they will be great with training - just like any other breed!

    I currently have a collie cross too who is amazing with the kids in my street :)
     
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    we have a collie x who we rescued @ 5yrs she is now 9yrs & she is soo good with the boys.then eva is just over a yr she is a rescue blue merle she was a bit nibbly as a pup but she loves the children they are 6 & 4 she rounds them up when were out ;) my friend has 2 border collies n her boy is 2yrs they love him 2 bits xx
     
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    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I would socialise your dog with kids and babies form a pup. Make sure he/she knows it's not Ok to try and herd kids up, give him lots of mental stimulation through out his life and he'll be a well balanced dog by the time you have kids of your own.
    Lots of people have collies and kids. Just like any breed it's how they are socialised, stimulated and what rules and boundries are in place.
     
  17. Hb-mini

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    Ive never had a collie but my aunty had one and she had it for the whole time i was growing up untill he died a few years back. he was called Ben and was just the best! full of energy but affectionate and soooo much fun. As kids me and my bro and sis loved him!!

    He did try and herd us sometimes but was never nasty. Just caring i think!!

    :)
     
  18. rona

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    The breeding of the dog is also important, just ask lots of questions and make sure you get a breed line of impeccable temperament.
    The other main factor I would think is to have as much contact with children as you possibly can from and early age
     
  19. Hb-mini

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    Yes that is a good point, have you any friends with children? As when he/she is a pup if you can sociallise him/her well with children then any chance of any problems will be greatly reduced!
     
  20. dobermummy

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    I grew up with a collie x. He was the most amazing dog ever and was fantastic with us as young kids. My friend has a collie and 2 children and she is brilliant with kids too.
     
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