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Collie (Rough)

Who can forget Lassie?  The classic Collie of that era may be gone.  Certainly the heads have changed and the coat is often more full (in the case of the Rough Coated Collie) but typically the temperament is one of a joyous, intelligent dog.  The Smooth Coated Collie is a wonderful variation on the more common Rough Coated variety.  For their size, they enjoy exercise but can still be good options for those with small living spaces but dedication to walks and playtime. 



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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 22- 26 inches
Weight: 50-75 pounds Longevity: early teens
Colors: sable and white, or tri-color, or merled (blue), or white Coat type: undercoat is soft furry and dense; outercoat is longer, straight and harsh
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, AKC, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: Strong, active well built medium to large dog with an exceptional and noteworthy lush coat over the body and neck. The face as the legs (with some fringe on the back) are smooth.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very genial, intelligent, laid back
  with Children: generally exceptional once properly socialized and introduced, children must be supervised
  with other pets: generally quite good, may chase cats and other small animals due to herding drive
  with dogs: generally exceptional
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the twice a year shedding, understands the vocal tendencies of the breed and exercise requirements; generally a very easy dog to live with.
Temperament Notes: Intelligent but not intuitive, generally lacks confidence and tends toward submission but not to an alarming degree, extraordinary desire to please
Training requirement: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: A dog for all seasons, the Collie is easily capable of being a top notch performer in any training activity or just as happy being your special buddy on the couch.  For a large dog the excercise requirements are generally not high.  Regular grooming, dedication to good socialization and basic manners training and a desire to spend lots of time with their Collie is more than enough to keep the typical Collie happy!
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: already established in the 1700s when first documented
Country of Origin: Scotland
Original Function: Herding of sheep
History: Developed in Scotland as a carefully selected devoted companion and herding dog, once the Collie was imported to England it became the show dog we know today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, excessively refined (greyhound like) head; poor construction
Health Notes: eye problems, hip dysplasia, bloat
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Collies?
  • How long have you bred Collies?
  • What health concerns do you see in the breed?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What do you consider ideal Collie temperament?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you microchip?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your puppies home?
  • What suggestions can you offer for socializing and training a Collie puppy?
  • What would you consider an ideal home for a Collie?
Web Sites: Collie Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: for the Rough Collie

Breeder Ethics: Code of Ethics for the Collie Club of America

Other: Bloat is a condition that the breed is prone to and anyone who seeks to enjoy their time with a Collie should be familiar with it and its causes.  Additionally, Collies have a sensitivity/toxicity to Ivermectin (commonly used for Heartworm prevention).  Neither of these conditions are something a breeder can exclude or test for but they are concerns to each fancier of Collies and should be familiar to the owner through discussion with breeders, veterinarians and other fanciers.
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