Your favourite AKC dog breed is the rough merle Collie. The Collie is a smart dog with natural herding and protecting abilities. Like all working dogs, Collies need organised activities to thrive. They are quick learners, and are active, proud and cautious. The Collie is a part of the AKC Herding Group and was first recognised by the AKC in 1885. This type of dog is the famous "Lassie." This is the perfect breed gift, telling all about Collies. A great dog lover gift on a t shirt, hoodie, mug, sticker, magnet, button, ornament - makes a great Collie Christmas gift.