How Much Exercise Does a Collie and Sheltie Need?

I’m thinking about getting a collie or a sheltie and I’ve read many websites about them but none of them were really helpful. Some of them said they don’t need a lot of exercise and some say they need tons of it. Also which one do you think I should get?

I have a smooth coated collie and he is just the best dog in he world. I cannot say enough good things about him. He is great. He goes on 3 walks a day: two 15 minute and one 45-60 minute walk. (we also don’t have a fenced in yard so he needs us to walk him because of that!)
He could probably be fine with less but he is spoiled. Regular rough collies supposedly need less exercise as they are calmer then the smoothies.
Collies are such smart dogs. They like to work though, they aren’t a couch potato dog, although sometimes they like to be. Collies really need some training at the beginning and they really love working, if you don’t want to put some time in training or maybe try agility, do not get a collie.
They are absolutely wonderful pets and I would choose a collies over s sheltie any day. This is because as another person mentioned, they tend to be skittish. I have met my fair share of shelties and not one wasn’t skittish and terrified of me just petting it.

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  • MK

    I have heard that 40 minutes of vigorous exercise each day is needed. I heard this on "The Dog Whisperer." I walk my dog (quickly) for 40-60 minutes each day.

    I have heard that collie’s are high energy, so they may need more.
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  • bindysdogs

    Are you An? Just to be on the cautious side, Collies are High Energy and Shelties are High Energy and really mouthy…they love to bark just to hear themselves talk if for no other reason
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  • Jeffrey

    In general, I would recommend that Shelties from between the ages of 18 months and 8 years get between 45 minutes and 1 hour of exercise every day as a general rule, and I wouldn’t let them have much more than 2 hours.

    In terms of the Collie, it depends on the breed of Collie.

    As for a Rough Collie, I would recommend that adults (18months to 2 years) get between 45 minutes and 1 hour of excercise every day, but I think they could handle up to 3 or 4 hours.
    Smooth Collies need a little bit more. I’d say between 1 hour to 1 and a half up to a max of about 5.
    AKC Border Collies and Bearded Collies usually truly need between 2 and 2 and half hours per day, with a max of 5 or 6.
    Working line Border Collies (really a different breed from the AKC dogs) need 3 hours of vigorous physical activity ever day at an absolute minimum, although a realistic minimum would probably be closer to 5. If they have a maximum limit, I’ve never seen a dog reach it. They’ll go so long that they wear their pads clean off and grind their joints to the point where they can’t walk. I think that owners really should limit them to between 7 and 8 hours.

    In my own personal opinion, I love Shelties, but I find many of them to be very flighty and nervous. In general, I would say that the Rough Collie makes the best companion dog for the average family, with the Smooth being the better choice for the more active family. Again, in my personal opinion, Beardies have the best temperaments of the bunch, but they often have severe health issues. As someone who comes from a long-line of working farmers, I truly believe that a working-line Border Collie is the best sheep-working dog in the world, as well as the most trainable and intelligent of all dogs, but I would never, ever have one as a pet. It’d be cruel. I greatly prefer HIGH-drive dogs such as American Bulldogs, German Shepherds, etc., but I would not even consider taking on a working-line BC. As for AKC Border Collies, if you want to get really serious into agility, flyball, competitive obedience, etc, the only better breed is the Belgian Sheepdog. If you are looking for a simple pet, (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that), I’d definitely stick to the Rough or Smooth Collie or the Sheltie.
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  • Alex

    I have a smooth coated collie and he is just the best dog in he world. I cannot say enough good things about him. He is great. He goes on 3 walks a day: two 15 minute and one 45-60 minute walk. (we also don’t have a fenced in yard so he needs us to walk him because of that!)
    He could probably be fine with less but he is spoiled. Regular rough collies supposedly need less exercise as they are calmer then the smoothies.
    Collies are such smart dogs. They like to work though, they aren’t a couch potato dog, although sometimes they like to be. Collies really need some training at the beginning and they really love working, if you don’t want to put some time in training or maybe try agility, do not get a collie.
    They are absolutely wonderful pets and I would choose a collies over s sheltie any day. This is because as another person mentioned, they tend to be skittish. I have met my fair share of shelties and not one wasn’t skittish and terrified of me just petting it.
    References :