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Gollie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Gollie so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Gollie have?
Golden Collie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Golden Retriever and Collie mix

Gollie Size and Weight

Is a Gollie small, medium or large dog?

How big do Gollie get?

What is the average size of a Gollie?

How much does the Gollie weigh? How much should a Gollie weight? What is the normal weight of a Gollie? How much does a full-grown Gollie weight?
50-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Gollie?
62.5 pounds (29.5 kg)
How tall is the Gollie? Gollie height:
22-26 inches (55-65 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Gollie?
24 inches (60 cm)

Gollie Price and Availability

How much does the Gollie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Gollie in the United States? How much money is a Gollie?

Where to buy a Gollie with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Gollie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Gollie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Gollie gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Gollie? How many Gollie are there in the world?
Average: The Gollie is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Gollie Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Gollie? Is the Gollie breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Gollie dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Gollie is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Gollie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Gollie?
Gollie dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Gollie good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Gollie dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Gollie dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Gollie dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.

Gollie Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Gollie have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Gollie sensitivity:
Gollie dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Gollie a good family dog?
High: Gollie dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Golden Collie need? Gollie social needs:
Gollie dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Gollie to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Gollie roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Gollie is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Gollie have high prey drive?
Gollie dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.

Gollie Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Gollie is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Gollie dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Golden Collie bark?
Low to Average: The Gollie rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Gollie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Gollie in an apartment?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Gollie breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Gollie indoors can cause a lot of problems.

Gollie Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Gollie dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Gollie be left alone? How long can you leave a Gollie alone?
Gollie dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Gollie Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Gollie has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Gollie? How much bite force does a Gollie have? How strong is a Gollie bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Gollie bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Gollie measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Gollie is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Gollie bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Gollie bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Gollie puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Gollie, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Gollie bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Gollie can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Gollie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Golden Collie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Gollie? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Gollie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Gollie do?
Gollie dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Gollie dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Gollie Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Gollie dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Gollie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Gollie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Gollie breed? Most common health risks of Gollie:
CataractsEpilepsyElbow Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Gollie breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Gollie see the vet?
The Gollie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Gollie dogs live? How old can a Gollie be? What is the age limit of the Gollie? How many years can the oldest Gollie live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Gollie?

How long is the lifespan of a Gollie?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Gollie: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Gollie Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Gollie have? What is the activity level of the Gollie?
Gollie dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Gollie need? How much exercise do Gollie dogs require per day?

Do Gollie dogs need a lot of exercises?

Gollie dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Gollie breed need?
Gollie dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.

Gollie Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Gollie need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Gollie breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Gollie? How much food should I feed my Gollie?
5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Gollie risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Gollie's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Gollie weight regularly.

Gollie Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Gollie have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Gollie coats?
Black White BrownGoldCombination of two or three colors.
How to groom the Gollie and how often? How often should I take my Gollie to the groomer?
Average: The Gollie requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Gollie, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Gollie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Golden Collie? Do Gollie dogs shed a lot?
Gollie dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Gollie breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Gollie need a bath? How often should you give a Gollie a bath? Can I bathe my Gollie every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Gollie breed hypoallergenic?
Gollie dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Gollie has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Gollie drool?
The Gollie is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Gollie could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Gollie.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Gollie Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Gollie dogs get along with other pets? Are Gollie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Gollie dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Gollie temperament with other people:
Gollie dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Gollie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Gollie temperament with children:
Gollie dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Gollie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Gollie breed live with a cat?
Gollie dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Gollie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Gollie dogs get along with other dogs?
Gollie dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Gollie can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Gollie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Gollie breed suitable for first-time owners?
Gollie dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Gollie dogs good office canines? Do Gollie dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Gollie is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Gollie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Golden Collie temperament with senior people? Are Gollie dogs good for elderly owners?
Gollies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Gollie As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Gollie be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?


This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Gollie breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Gollie be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Gollie be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Gollie is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Gollie be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Gollie is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Gollie be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Gollie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Gollie be a boat dog?

Not really

Gollie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Gollie be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Gollie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Gollie dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Gollie Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Gollie pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Gollie breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Gollie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Gollie have in a litter? How many puppies can the Gollie breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Gollie have? How many puppies can a Gollie give birth to?
6-10 puppies

Gollie Recognition

AKC Group
Is Gollie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Gollie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Gollie breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Gollie Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Gollie dogs have great intelligence.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Gollie is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Gollie has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Mouthiness: Gollie dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Gollie dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Gollie dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Gollie is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Gollies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Gollie dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Hypoallergenic: Gollie dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Gollie breed.
  • Shedding Level: Gollie dogs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Gollie's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Gollie is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Gollie dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Gollie History

The Gollie is a designer dog breed, which came to the scene presumably during the 1980s. Although, it is possible that mixes, including the Gollie, were in existence as a result of natural mating through the decades. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds began around the middle of the 20th century. Even though both of the parent breeds have Scottish roots, it is believed that the first Gollie specimens were developed in North America and in Canada. Like most designer dogs, the Gollie gained instant popularity for the reason that they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of their parent breeds. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these designer breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to create these dogs.

The Gollie, or in its other name the Golden Collie, is a result of cross-breeding either the Smooth or the Rough Collie with the placid Golden Retriever. The Gollie usually inherits a gentle and serene personality with a high tolerance for children. For the reason that there are not many multigenerational specimens among the Gollie population, the dogs’ size can differ from medium to large, and their coat type can also vary from golden to white, black, or brown. Moreover, Gollies tend to have a leaner body type than their Golden Retriever ancestor, thus this hybrid has a more athletic and daintier silhouette.

With the intention of having a deeper understanding of why breeders choose to mix these two breeds, we need to examine the parent breeds’ histories. Collies are originated from Scotland, where they were developed presumably during the 17th century. The breed was used as sheepdogs herding sheep and cattle on farms. As Queen Victoria visited the Scottish Highlands in 1860, she fell in love with the Collie. From that point on, the Collie was perceived not just as a simple farm dog, but as an elegant, royal animal. During the late 1800s, the breed was brought to the United States of America and got recognized by every major kennel club and organization. Later, in the 1950s, the breed became famous worldwide thanks to a television show for youngsters, called Lassie. Interestingly, the other parent breed, the Golden Retriever also finds its ancestry in Scotland. The breed is thought to be originated from the Flat-Coated Retriever and the Tweed Water Spaniel, mixed in with some Irish Setter at one point. During the early 19th century, the Golden Retriever was also used on farms as herding dogs, but the breed also excelled on the hunting fields, retrieving smaller to medium-sized game. One of the unique features of the Golden Retriever is that the breed while being used in the wet Scottish Highlands, developed water-repellent coats and webbed feet which helped them during the retrieval of waterfowl. After the Golden Retriever was brought to the United States of America, it became one of the most popular dog breeds of all time.

The Gollie has amazing parent breeds, regarding both their extensive histories and the fact that they are both loved by millions worldwide. However, the Gollie is far from this popular. Just like many other designer breeds, the Gollie has no breed standard yet, and they are not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs. Resembling other hybrids, the breed is registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America, Inc., and the International Designer Canine Registry. The Gollie is a playful and sweet breed, like the Golden Retrievers while having the obedient nature and extraordinary intelligence of the Collie.

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Gollie Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • 202puppylover

    Dec 1, 2021, 2:25:51 PM:

    i think its a exlent breed great with my yonger daughter and is trained was so easy it could have not been more simple. i was looking for a sporty loving gental breed but with less health problems and the same golden fur.