Function: Herding of sheep
Independent, Good natured, friendly, never nervous nor aggressive
To enable the Collie to fulfil a natural bent for sheep-dog
work, its physical structure should be on the lines of strength
for: Active people & families.
12 - 15 yrs
The three recognised colours are sable and white, tricolour
and blue merle.
Rough - The outer coat straight and harsh to the touch, the
undercoat soft, furry and very close; so close as to almost hide
the skin. The mane and frill should be very abundant, the mask or
face, smooth, also the ears at the tips, but they should carry more
hair towards the base; the fore-legs well feathered, the hind legs
above the hocks profusely so, but smooth below. Hair on the tail
Smooth- A very important feature of the Smooth Collie
is his short, flat top coat of harsh texture, with a very dense
Appearance: Dog of great beauty with sweet, expressive
and intelligent looks. Long wedge shaped head, with almond shaped
eyes, usually dark. Ears should be semi erect. Tail is long with
The Collie is originally from
Scotland and was used by the farmers as a sheep-herding dog; it
was generally the more common Rough Collie that was used. Due to
the television show Lassie the Collie is now one of the most popular
dogs in the world.
They are happy dogs who bond very closely with their families and
will get on well with other dogs and household pets. Collies are
superbly loyal companions, they are very protective of their home
environment but will warmly receive invited friends.
Collies are used for sheep-herding, as companions, in obedience
and agility trials as well as in the show-ring.
Rough coat: their abundant double coat, need weekly brushing
to prevent serious matting. During moulting, daily brushing is beneficial.
Occasional trimming will keep the feathering on the front legs and
tail in check.
Smooth coat: short double coat needs minimal grooming a brush
weekly would be enough to remove the shed of loose hairs.
do not demand too much exercise and will easily adapt to family
circumstances. However, this breed is a working dog and they need
regular exercise to keep them in good condition.
This breed is generally sound but some can suffer from epilepsy,
hip dysplasia and eye problems.
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