Rough Collies are long-lived and produce large litters. They mature slowly and may not appear to be sick from puppyhood. They adjust to their environment easily and without fear. They are sensitive to their owner's moods and like to be with their people. They are quite confident and bright and love to play. In fact, they may be too enthusiastic to be considered a toy breed. Because they mature slowly they are able to adapt to their environment. They are good with children and other animals. Unfortunately there are some health issues that affect the Rough Collie. needing to go to the bathroom in the house, having problems with their teeth, not easily accepting unfamiliar people or dogs, and having sensitivity to chair affection. It is recommended that you spend some time with your puppy to help mold them into the dog you want them to be as an adult. There are some things that you can do to help you when you choose your Rough Collie puppy. Get to know him before you choose him. If you like rambunctious dogs, then this is the breed for you. If you tend to stay at home and not travel too much, then you may want to consider a calmer dog. The breeder and staff can help you decide which puppy is right for you. It is a good idea to visit several kennels before choosing your puppy. Pay attention to how they look, and how they behave around the kennels. For some reason not everyone wants to visit the kennels, so it is nice to be able to find a kennel that is close to home. If they do not have their kennel in the home, then ask if they will have it sent to you. Picking up your puppy is another important point to consider. Take your time, and pick a breed that will be compatible with you and your children. The rough Collie is in my opinion not a good dog for a first time dog owner. It is not the best dog for a family with children under 8 years of age. Be sure and ask the breeder about the temperament of the parents when you pick up your puppy. The rough Collie is calmer than the smooth collie and tends to be more laid back. Per expectation, you will need to take your puppy to the vet at least once a year for shots and check up. This will also be a good time to check on the heartworm and flea and tick prevention that you will need to do. You do not want your puppy getting sick before he is even healthy. Feeding your puppy is another important issue to think about. Rough collie puppies tend to have a full stomach. They may also drool a lot. A rough collie puppy is generally a 1 person dog, meaning they prefer to be with 1 person. They are very loving, but they need rules. In addition, they can be hard to train, so you will need an owner with a lot of patience. Other than those issues, they make a very good dog for children. You should avoid a breeder that tries to sell you a puppy at 5 weeks old, and you should also avoid a breeder that tells you that the puppy is a "verbal" puppy or that there are finishing to be a companion. When you buy a puppy you are buying a responsibility not only for yourself, but also for the rest of the dog's life. All puppies need socialization to thrive. They need to be around people and other animals. Now that he is 5 weeks old your puppy still needs early socialization.