Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > The Dog Breeds

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-12-2006, 05:25 PM
LizzieCollie's Avatar
LizzieCollie LizzieCollie is offline
Collie Crazy
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Puerto Rico
Posts: 291
Arrow Are Collies Considered Large Breeds?

Im just curious because I do not know if Collies are large breed dogs, I know they can get upwards of 50-60 pounds for males but is this considered Large Breed?

I ask because I am currently feeding Lizzie Beneful puppy and yes I know its considered a yuck food but I am going to switch her to Exclusive. Now I know Exclusive isnt as high quality as say Natural Balance or Timberwolf Organics which were my first choices. But I live in Puerto Rico (lived here for 3 years) and there is nothing like that available to me. I can only order them through catalogues and the shipping for a 30 pound bag would be 50-82 dollars

So I am feeding Exclusive which is the best thing in my area and I wanted to know if I should get a large breed formula or if a regular puppy formula is fine? Thanks!
Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 05:29 PM
Bailey+Ralph's Avatar
Bailey+Ralph Bailey+Ralph is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Essex, England
Posts: 2,003

I believe a Collie is a Medium Breed.
Although i am not entirely sure.

Thanks BP
Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 05:36 PM
SizzleDog SizzleDog is offline
Lord Cynical
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 9,449

I think Collies are one of those "in-between" breeds. Frankly, I consider them large dogs, just because they are very powerful, strong dogs - and they're bigger than my idea of a medium sized dog (i.e. Brittany spaniel, Border Collie, Standard Schnauzer, etc.)

As for as food goes, however, she's a medium sized dog. Large breed formulas are (in my opinion) a gimmick. Anything extra a large breed formula has (such as glucosamine) isn't present is large enough quantities to make it useful.

How old is she? In the larger breeds, I don't think there's anything wrong with feeding adult food to an older puppy. My dogs were fed one big bag of puppy food (Pro Plan), then switched to adult.

With a dog such as a collie, I'd feed normal puppy food, and then straight in to the Adult food.

Morado Dobermans... and Talla the Mexidog too! (group photo pending)
Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 05:40 PM
stevinski's Avatar
stevinski stevinski is offline
Int CH - $uperBitch
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,062

it should have a weight thing on the back of the packet that tells you the weight of the puppy that should be fed that food

Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 06:37 PM
GSDlover_4ever's Avatar
GSDlover_4ever GSDlover_4ever is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 891

I would feed large breed puppy or adult formula. NEVER regular puppy food for any medium to large breeds.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 09:46 PM
colliewog's Avatar
colliewog colliewog is offline
Collies&Terriers, Oh My!
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 2,297

Actually, Collies are 50-75 lbs (bitches 50-65, dog 60-75). And then there are those breeding the bigger ones, who can tip the scales at 85+ , but we'll try to forget them...

You should consider the breed as a whole, not just the size of the bitches. I consider them a larger breed, but don't feed "large breed" foods. I feed adult dog food (Canidae or Innova) to my pups, adults and even seniors. I don't do the life stage thing and have never had a problem. This is with 35+ years of Collie feeding!
Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2006, 10:11 PM
Roxy's CD's Avatar
Roxy's CD Roxy's CD is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,016

I'd say collies are medium-large breed.

I wouldn't be feeding them a large breed food though. Adult food should be fine
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2006, 10:02 AM
SalemWitchChild's Avatar
SalemWitchChild SalemWitchChild is offline
Top Dog
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 324

I consider them a large breed as well. But just barely. I feed Flint River Ranch.. no life stages for their food. I started with Beneful as well and it stained her teeth. So be careful with that.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2006, 12:55 PM
casablanca1 casablanca1 is offline
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pidjun Haller, with ma uncle Palmer
Posts: 1,736

Rough Collies are a large breed. The extremes, like the mastiffs or Irish Wolfhounds, are giant breeds.

I'm not sure how much help that is with feeding, of course. I just get irked with how people keep trying to sneak the giants into the 'large' category. Toy and Giant are very reasonable solutions to the fact that there are small/large breeds that are significantly smaller/larger than their nearest lookalikes.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2006, 12:56 PM
SummerRiot's Avatar
SummerRiot SummerRiot is offline
Dog Show Addict
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 8,056

I honestly dont know any large breed owner that feeds their dogs "Large breed" dog food.

I had Riot on LgBreed puppy food for a couple of weeks until I learned otherwise. Large breed pups should be switched to adult food at a younger age to help slow down their growth rate - so they can have longer healthier bones.

On Beneful though - get a new brand of food asap.
Its definately a low end quality of food.
Innova, Canidae, Fromm or even Natural Balance are a better choice.
Tyr TT
Princess aka Tettles

Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:41 PM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site