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Collie (Smooth)

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The smooth coated Collie possesses many of the same wonderful qualities as its Rough Coated cousin.  For those that find the coat (and its required care) a bit daunting the smooth coated Collie is an obvious choice but even for those that don't have such concerns, the Smooth Coated Collie is a great candidate for many homes as an easy-going, yet athletic dog with relatively low requirements for mental and physical stimulation.  This is not to say that the dog isn't benefited by regular exercise and training but that their primary goal is regular happy interaction with their family whether in front of the TV or on a hiking trail.

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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 22-26 inches
Weight: 50-75 pounds Longevity: early teens
Colors: tricolor, sable and white, blue merle or white Coat type: short, hard, dense and flat coat
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Of some elegance but not refined, the Smooth Collie is neatly constructed without any excess at any point but also with enough substance to offer speed and stamina for any herding task. With a smooth coat, it differs from its Rough Collie sibling by grooming requirements and ability to comfortable traverse wooded and briar filled conditions.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to laid-back
General Nature: very genial, intelligent, laidback
  with Children: generally exceptional once properly socialized, children MUST be supervised
  with other pets: generally quite good, might chase cats and other small animals due to herding drive
  with dogs: generally exceptional
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: Understanding of tendency toward vocalizing, enjoys energetic outings for exercise. Exceptionally easy 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: socializing 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.  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, ivermectin sensitivity/toxicity
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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