Ski-Collie

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20-75 lbs
15-26"
United States
American Eskimo
Collie
The Ski-Collie is a hybrid mix of the American Eskimo dog and the Collie.  This hybrid mix combines two pure breeds which were both bred for farming/herding tasks in their respective countries.  Both parent breeds contribute intelligence, gentleness, love, protectiveness and loyalty, resulting in a hybrid which will make a great watchdog as well as loyal and loving family pet, able to cuddle its way into your heart and your life easily and quickly.  And, while they may not necessarily agree, they really aren't suited for lap-sitting, but will happily cuddle up with you on the sofa or in your bed anytime you like.
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog, Agility, Competitive Obedience
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
American Eskimo Dog, Collie

Ski-Collie Health

Average Size
Male Ski-Collie size stats
Height: 15-26 inches Weight: 20-75 lbs
Female Ski-Collie size stats
Height: 15-26 inches Weight: 20-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • Ulcerative Dermatosis
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Deafness
  • Demodicosis
  • Pemphigus
  • Lupoid Dermatitis
  • Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA)
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Eye Diseases and Disorders
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
  • Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemophilia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Degenerative Myopathy (DM)
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Various Blood Testing Modalities
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Blood Panel

Ski-Collie Breed History

The Ski-Collie is a hybrid mix of the American Eskimo Dog and the Collie.  There is little information on this hybrid, so we'll have to glean its background from that of the parent breeds.  Since there is no information about where and when the hybrid was developed, we can most likely safely assume that the Ski-Collie originated in the United States, sometime in the late 1900's or early 2000's when interest in mixing pure breed canines for a multitude of reasons became more popular.  The American Eskimo Dog, once a popular circus performer, is a descendant from several European Spitz breeds, which includes the Keeshond (Holland), the white German Spitz and the white Pomeranian from Germany and the white Italian Spitz, under the name of American Spitz.  It was after WW I that the moniker was changed to American Eskimo from American Spitz to distinguish the breed from German breeds of its heritage.  The American Eskimo Dog, bred to be guard dogs, was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1994 and is the 122nd most popular canine breed in their registry.  The Collie, better known as the popular TV superstar "Lassie", is a working dog breed which was developed to herd and drive livestock.  While the exact place of origination is unknown, it is believed that the Collie came to British Isles with the Romans over 2000 years ago.  It is believed that the breed we know today as the Collie most likely originated in Scotland and the northern part of England in centuries past. While the breed was used for herding and driving various livestock in its past, today, it is utilized for police work, tracking, guarding and sentries and couriers for the Armed Forces as well as being used for a variety of services for the disabled. The Collie was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and is the 37th most popular canine breed in its registry.  No breed registry organizations could be found for the Ski-Collie, a newer breed.

Ski-Collie Breed Appearance

The Ski-Collie is a hybrid mix of the American Eskimo Dog and the Collie and, this being the case, can take on the appearance traits of one or both parent breeds.  Your Ski-Collie hybrid will stand between 15 and 26 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 20 and 75 pounds.  He can have a coat that is short or long, dense and thick or fine, harsh and rough, with the most common colors being sable (like Lassie's color), tricolor, blue merle, white, pure white or white and cream.  He may have a long tail which will hang down or curl over the back. His head is wedge-shaped with dark brown eyes (or merle eyes if he has a merle coat) and triangular ears which are held erect or may fold toward the head.  His body could be compact or have a wide, strong chest.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Ski-Collie eyes
Blue
brown Ski-Collie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ski-Collie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Ski-Collie coat
Blue
white Ski-Collie coat
White
sable Ski-Collie coat
Sable
cream Ski-Collie coat
Cream
brown Ski-Collie coat
Brown
black Ski-Collie coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Ski-Collie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ski-Collie Breed Maintenance

Your Ski-Collie hybrid falls into the high category for maintenance, being a constant shedder and not hypoallergenic.  The brushing frequency will be dependent upon the length of his thick, double coat but will likely be needed at least two to three times a week, with vacuuming of the house occurring more often.  He falls into the low category for drooling and doggy smell.  He will need to have his ears checked weekly, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Expect to have to trim his toenails at least monthly unless he is able to keep them worn down in his normal daily exercise activities.  He should have his teeth brushed at home two or three times a week to avoid development of periodontal disease and the tooth loss which goes with it.  He is an energetic canine and will need at least 1 to 2 hours daily exercise to manage that energy.
Brushes for Ski-Collie
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Ski-Collie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ski-Collie Temperament

Your Ski-Collie hybrid is a mix of the American Eskimo Dog and the Collie and can have the personality and temperament traits of one or both parent breeds.  Your Ski-Collie hybrid can be friendly, alert, gentle, intelligent, independent, energetic, loyal, responsive, protective and social.  He will need appropriate socialization at as early an age as possible to ensure that he will get along with the kids, the family cat, other dogs and strangers, though expect some wariness with strangers until he senses there is no danger to his human family.  He is quite intelligent, making him easy to train.  He has a moderate prey drive and tendency to wander, making it important to keep him on leash when outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure.  His personality and temperament make him a great fit for new or novice owners.

Ski-Collie Activity Requirements

Your Ski-Collie hybrid is an energetic canine who will need to be exercised at least 1 to 2 hours each and every day to manage it.  This exercise activity can include several daily walks or jogs, playtime in the dog park or fenced yard, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flyball, agility training or obedience training.  He has a moderate to high hunting/prey drive and a moderate tendency to wander.  These traits make it very important to keep him on leash when he's outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure, unless part of your planned exercise regimen for the day includes chasing him down the street, around the block, through the woods or into the lake in pursuit of a small animal or interesting scent which has attracted his attention.  He can adapt to apartment or condo living as long as his exercise needs are being met on a daily basis.  He can also adapt to life in a family home with or without a fenced yard, in an urban or rural setting, in any climate with necessary additional precautions being taken for the temperature extremes.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Ski-Collie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Ski-Collie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ski-Collie size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Ski-Collie size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Male Ski-Collie size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Ski-Collie size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Male Ski-Collie size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Ski-Collie size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs

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