"The Novice class in collies is going to be called presently," he told the Mistress.
You put me verra much in mind of one of my collies—I declare if you don't!
Sir J——s M——e, a Highlander, observed to his gamekeeper, that he never saw the shepherds coaxing and caressing their collies.
The winners of the first and second prizes departed with their collies.
Then I looked up and saw a head peering down into the amphitheater—the head of Dunnoo, my dog-boy, who attended to my collies.
collies are particular, and this one hated to sit with the wind in his face.
The reputation for uncertain temper which collies have is not well grounded.
Finally, lagging some yards behind, limped Murdo's two collies.
collies, fit to win silver cups, do not often find their way into the mountaineer cabins in the Kentucky hinterland.
There were big dogs and little dogs, mastiffs, fox terriers and collies.
1650s, possibly from dialectal coaly "coal-black," the color of some breeds (cf. colley, "sheep with black face and legs," attested from 1793; Middle English colfox, "coal-fox," a variety of fox with tail and both ears tipped with black; and colley, Somerset dialectal name for "blackbird"). Or from Scandinavian proper name Colle, which is known to have been applied to dogs in Middle English ("Ran Colle our dogge, and Talbot, and Gerlond" [Chaucer]); or perhaps a convergence of the two.