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Gollie History

The Golliwog or Golly is a heraldic or symbolic figure used as a mascot and representative of Britain. The golliwog was first used on children’s clothing, usually on the socks, and later appeared on other items of clothing, such as dishcloths and tea towels. Traditionally, the sock was coloured white with a black face, while the dishcloth and tea towel were red with a yellow and black face and arms. The origin of the name “Golliwog” is unclear. One theory is that the word refers to the golly bird, while another is that it derived from “gowly”, meaning “crooked”. In the mid-19th century, the term “Golly” started to be used to refer specifically to the black-faced doll. The dolls were usually dressed in a sailor suit, complete with hat, or in overalls. The face of the doll was often blackened with soot from a candle. The golliwog became a target for racial hatred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was blamed for the violent behaviour of black gangs. The golliwog was regarded by some as a “symbol of impotence”, and its use on clothing was regarded as degrading. The golliwog was eventually discontinued on children’s clothing and was rarely, if ever, seen on any other items.

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Gollie Physical Characteristics

The Gollie is a small, short-legged, long-bodied, heavy-built, mesocephalic breed of domestic sheepdog. It has a large head, large erect ears, and a strong jaw. The breed has a massive dewlap (loose skin under the throat) that is white in color. Its gait is distinctive, with a forequarter (shoulder and upper arm) swing.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Blue, Sable, White, Black, Brown

Height Range

Male Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 60 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 65 lbs

Gollie Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Gollie Health Concerns

Elbow Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Cataracts, Dermatomyositis

Gollie Temperament and Behaviour

The Gollie is a happy, playful, and affectionate dog. They are very intelligent and easy to train, and they love to be around people. They get along well with children and other pets, but can be very possessive of food and toys.

Gollie Activity Requirements

The gentle, playful, and loyal Goldendoodle is a popular crossbreed, combining the golden retriever and poodle. Goldendoodles are not high-energy dogs, but they do require a moderate amount of exercise and social interaction. They do not enjoy spending long periods of time alone, and will benefit from having another pet or human companion. If you are looking for a dog that doesn’t need too much exercise and attention, the Goldendoodle may be a good match. They do require regular walks, but they are not too demanding. While they do like playing, they are not highly active, so they don’t require a lot of vigorous play.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Gollie is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Gollie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Gollie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Gollie is part of the Unclassified group.

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