Many people own collies for farm animals, although they are great herders, they also make wonderful pets. They are a type of herding dog which originated in Scotland and/or Wales.
My first exposure to a Collie was in the form of Lassie on TV - I watched it everyday after school. (I guess that tells you about how old I am.)
Caution: Be sure you plan to live in a cooler climate. Collies do not do well in hot climates. They will also need quite a bit of maintenance and grooming. But they are wonderful companions, and make great therapy or assistant dogs because they are easy to train and willing to help. Collies also make good guard or watch dogs. If the dog has been socialized when they are puppies, most collies are usually good with children and other pets.
The approved colors include three: sable, white or tricolor (black, tan and blue).
This dog is naturally shy and must be worked with to socialize it and get it used to people. They also tend to be of calm disposition. They love protecting children and property which makes them excellent guard dogs.
Before acquiring a collie be aware that they have a genetic predisposition to having eye problems as well as hip dysplasia.