If you are curious about the lovely Gollie, we couldn’t blame you. These lovely, cheerful dogs tout kind eyes and warm personalities that charm dog lovers at every turn. They can take on either side’s appearance. But generally, they have big doe eyes with medium-length snouts and sturdy structures.
12 to 15 years
Black, brown, gold, white
Growing families, service, and therapy roles
Intelligent, eager to please, affectionate, loyal
These dogs are hybrids, combining the energy and intuitive energies of Collie and Golden Retriever parents. If you’re considering this breed as an adoption possibility, best of luck on your search. Let’s learn more about daily life with this lovely cross.
Since a Gollie is a hybrid dog, you have a few different browsing options. First, you can choose a reputable breeder who produces quality Gollie puppies. You’ll probably find one at a shelter if you look hard enough. Dogs from these facilities are looking for a second chance. They come with vet checks, necessary vaccines, and spay and neuter surgeries, which actually reduces your startup costs.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Gollie
When matching the elegant, loyal Collie to the friendly golden retriever, you get an amiable dog who’s the brains of the family. This hybrid is so intelligent and even-tempered that they would do well in almost any lifestyle.
They usually have excellent judgment, but they can be rambunctious at times. You can extensively train these dogs to perform all kinds of tasks—even those related to therapy and service. Because they are responsive and attentive, they can even save lives (if trained well enough.)
These dogs would do exceptionally well on outdoor adventures, too. This breed is energetic, agile, and highly athletic. They are the kind of breed that will mellow out much more as they age, so expect a pretty active puppy period.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Because of their highly docile nature and puppy attitudes, they make charming additions to almost any family. They mesh well with children and adults of all ages, providing both parties learn boundaries and respect.
These dogs make the perfect playmate, so if your family is full of energetic kids—they could be a match made in heaven. However, a puppy might be a little hard to handle for older adults. If you love the breed but don’t want to deal with the crazy puppy stage, consider adopting a mannerly adult instead.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Gollies can get along immensely well with other pets, especially if they are raised together. They will form strong relationships with canine friends—and they’re a delight to have at the dog park. We give them an A+ for playing well with others.
However, as with any dog, socialization is key. The more you expose your pup to new surroundings, the more they will be comfortable in new situations.
When it comes to cage pets, it’s not a good idea to have any dog around them since accidents can, and do, happen.
Things to Know When Owning a Gollie:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
The Gollie needs a diet of high-quality dog food daily. Many pet owners will decide with their veterinarians what type of diet works best for their specific dog. However, most commonly, your dog will benefit from a bowl of protein-rich dry kibble dog food.
Many dog owners use wet dog food as a kibble topper or a standalone diet. There is a bit of controversy since there are many extra calories and preservatives in this food. Instead, you can also use wet food as a savory treat for good behavior.
Raw and homemade dog food diets are becoming much more prevalent these days, with recipes flooding the Internet. However, before you try out any of these diets, you need to be sure that the ingredients meet all of the necessary nutritional profiles.
Because both of the parent breeds are so energetic, they need lots of daily activity. That is especially true as they reach full maturity. These dogs need approximately 60 minutes of strenuous exercise per day to stay completely healthy.
These dogs will benefit greatly from physically demanding, mentally stimulating, and problem-solving games. The more you can keep their mind occupied, the better your experience will be.
A bored Gollie, like any dog, can get into trouble quickly if they don’t have an outlet. A prolonged lack of activity can cause destructive behaviors like excessive chewing, barking, or neuroticism. That can easily be curbed or avoided entirely with routine exercise and proper training.
The Gollie lends the keenness of the Collie with the steadfastness of the golden retriever, making a highly trainable dog. Because of their sharpness and eagerness to please, the Gollie makes an excellent candidate for obedience classes.
They will soak in knowledge and learn concepts quickly. If you are too harsh with them, it might lead to nervous behavior or lack of trust. However, always award good behavior, practicing positive reinforcement training.
Due to the emotional intuitiveness of this breed, sometimes even a change in tone will get their attention.
You’ll definitely need to maintain a grooming schedule with this breed. They will inevitably have longer coats that change in texture between soft and silky to coarse.
It would be best if you brushed your Gollie every day with a slicker brush—but don’t forget the de-shedding tool once a week. It removes the dead hairs that stay lodged in the undercoat to reduce shedding on your furniture.
These dogs would benefit from a trip to their own personal stylist roughly every six weeks or as needed. Be sure to keep their nails clipped, ears cleaned, and teeth looking pearly white.
Health and Conditions 🏥
When it comes to health, this hybrid can inherit health issues from either parent. So, they can be more or less inclined to have certain conditions develop, which early vetting can often detect.
During the first year of your dog’s life, they will need to have several checkups to ensure growth is on par, vaccination rounds are complete, and spay or neuter is performed.
Even though there isn’t always a surefire guarantee your dog will get any of these illnesses, these are the potential problems the golden retriever and collie experience.
Male vs. Female
Because this is a mixed breed, there are a lot of factors at play here. Both adult dogs are similar in size, but they are built slightly differently. Golden retrievers are heavy, athletic dogs that take a while to grow into their feet. Collies are nimbler and agile, with lean, toned bodies.
So, when it comes to male and female size, their body builds and shapes can vary slightly. Generally, males will still be a bit broader and heavy-boned than their female counterparts.
Each dog has its own personality that will be totally original to each one. Females are usually more aware, focused, and protective. But boys tend to mature slower and act a bit stubborn in their angsty teen years. They might also act motherly toward children.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Gollie
1. Rough Collies and Golden Retrievers are both movie stars.
From Lassie to Airbud, Collies and Goldens have been rocking the cinema. These dogs are friendly and train well, so it’s no wonder they’re selected for movie roles. Imagine what a show-stopper hybrid of these two breeds is like.
2. Parent breeds were developed to fulfill different roles.
Collies are a herding breed that was initially used on farms to keep livestock in line. Golden retrievers were gun dogs that aided hunters on the trail.
3. Both parents came from the same country.
Okay, so maybe they didn’t have the same roles in service—but they did come from the same place! Both the Collie and Golden came from Scotland.
The Gollie can be an ideal companion in so many situations, so we wouldn’t blame you if you start your search immediately. These dogs are kind, loyal, energetic companions who love being as close to you as possible. These dogs are so bright that they can learn much more complex training concepts, too.
So, they win points for personality, brains, and cuteness. Remember to browse pups responsibly, avoiding backyard breeding practices. If you don’t need a puppy, you could always check to see if the shelter has this combo in waiting for their forever home.
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