Black and white collies are actually tri-colored, with a little brown mixed into their namesake black and white coat. Collies as an overall breed are healthy and make great companions.
Collies are medium-sized dogs. Females stand between 22 and 24 inches tall and weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. Males stand between 24 and 26 inches tall and weigh between 55 and 90 pounds.
Collies are natural herders that like being part of a family. This herding instinct will sometimes cause them to bark if they don't think things are in order. They are clean, easy to train and friendly with children and small animals. This makes them an ideal family pet.
Collies live an average of 10 to 14 years. Because they get so attached to their families, it is important to consider this when choosing to adopt one.
Collies have specific eye health issues that require a screening to be done when they are puppies. Collie Eye Anomaly is a genetic disorder that ranges in severity from no effect on eye site to total vision loss. This and other potential eye issues should be considered when making breeding and adoption decisions.
This breed of dog can become easily bored and when they do will bark a lot. They need to be around people and would be very unhappy if locked in the back yard or away from their "pack."