While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your Collie to grow. Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult male Collie = 60-75 lbs
Average weight of adult female Collie = 50-65 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult male Collie = 24-26 inches
Average height of adult female Collie = 22-24 inches
A little about the Rough Collie:
As with many breeds, the Long Haired Collie or Rough Collies origins are not clear. It is believed that it was derived from the Border Collie. The first records of this breed are in the 1800s. During this time the home of the Rough Collie was the Highlands of Scotland. The Rough Collies were used as sheep dogs. They were aggressive and able to guard and herd their flocks. There long hair allowed them to do this work in colder weather with ease.
The Long Haired Collie was influenced by a dog named Old Cockie (also called Cockie Boy). Born in 1868, was known for its distinctive sable and white (or brown and white) coloring.
In 1860 Queen Victoria acquired a Long Haired Collie. The breed gained much visibility and it’s popularity grew.
The breed also gained much visibility by the author Albert Payson Terhune, the Lassie novel, movies and television shows.
The Collie Club of America was founded in 1886. The Collie Club in England dates from 1881.
Rough Collies are gentle and show no nervousness or aggression. They are generally great with children and other animals. They are devoted and have a calm disposition. Like most herding dogs, they are fairly vocal and some are difficult to train to not bark. They are intelligent and have a willingness to please. They can also be a bit stubborn at times.
Remember that it’s a dog with a working heritage and it needs daily mental and physical exercise or he can become frustrated. Consider your dogs daily exercise requirements when figuring out your crate training schedule.
Collie exercise requirements = 3 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
Average life span of the Collie = 8-12 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems. The Collie needs their daily exercise for them to behave well at home. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise. Both you and he will be happier for it.