The collie is one of the most-loved dogs in the U.S. and around the world. Made famous by the movie "Lassie," this beautiful and graceful animal is a devoted and affectionate family pet and an excellent guard dog. That is, assuming a loud bark is all the "guarding" you need. Because collies are vocal animals, they make better watchdogs than guard dogs. In fact, they will generally relax a moment or two after announcing a newcomer. For this reason, a savvy home invader may actually be able to subdue a collie with just a scratch under the chin and some small talk.
Overall, collies are very easy pets to own. Despite their luxurious coats, they do not need a lot of grooming. A good brushing once a week should suffice. Collies are also very sensitive, intelligent, and highly trainable. They do well as service dogs for people with disabilities, police dogs, and as search and rescue animals.