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Collie: Characteristics, Exercise, Health
Group: AKC Herding, KCGB Pastoral
AKC Ranking: 37
Also Known As: Scottish
Collie, Scotch Collie, Rough Collie, Smooth Collie,
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Rough Coated Collie hails
from Scotland where it was known as the Colley
Dog. Queen Victoria kept Collies at Balmoral
Castle and made them a popular breed. The
Scotch Collie is a hard-working herder and
guardian of sheep. The show Collie has some
Borzoi in his background and shows those characteristics
in his face and nose.
Because of the Collie’s
intelligence, common sense, and loyalty he
has been used as a rescue dog, guard dog,
guide dog, and movie star.
The Smooth Collie is more popular
in England than in the United States. He is from
the same original stock as the Rough Collie. A litter
can contain both Rough and Smooth Collie pups.
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A General Appearance of
The Collie is one of the most
beautiful of the herding dogs. It is slender of
leg, has a trim and muscular body, a long nose and
long, feathered tail that curves slightly. The Collie’s
ears are supposed to be erect with tips that fold
forward, but for a family pet it is okay if the
ears have no fold. The Rough-coated Collie has a
full, double coat that is medium long and very dense
with a mane around his neck and chest. The Smooth-coated
Collie has a one-inch long coat all over that is
Both Smooth and Rough Collies
come in the same colorations with the same general
markings. Basic colors are sable and white, tri-color
(black, sable, and white), and blue merle (marbled).
White is normally on the nose (and can go up the
forehead) as a blaze, on the feet and/or legs, on
the mane, and on the tail.
The Rough-coated Collie has a
full, double coat that is medium long and very dense
with a mane around his neck and chest. The Rough
Collie needs weekly brushing and sheds heavily in
the spring and fall.
The Smooth-coated Collie has a
one-inch long coat all over that is fairly dense.
The Smooth Collie is a fairly light shedder year-round
and needs only occasional brushing.
Males 60-75 lbs.
Females 50-65 lbs.
Temperament of the Dog
The Collie is a good-natured,
highly intelligent and sensitive breed of dog that
makes an excellent companion. He is easy to train
and very loyal, devoted to his family, and protective.
Collies were made famous by the television show
and movies about Lassie (who were a series of male
Collies need a lot of social interaction
and can become noisy or destructive if left without
human companionship for long periods of time. Once
a Collie has bonded with a family, he will refuse
to be separated from that family and will go long
distances to be reunited.
Collies are wary of strangers and
make good watchdogs. If a stranger comes to the
door, he may form a barrier between his master and
the door or the stranger.
This breed was overbred for many
years leading to problems, which will be eliminated
by purchasing from a reputable breeder. They need
a fenced yard and are somewhat heat sensitive.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
They need a fenced yard and are
somewhat heat sensitive so need plenty of fresh
water and shade if out in warm or hot weather. The
Collie’s nose sunburns easily. They need some
place they can get in out of the weather as needed.
They are social and enjoy being with the family
and other pets. Be sure to use monthly tick and
Apartments are okay for an adult
Collie as long as he gets a couple of nice, long
walks each day and a play time at a park or dog
park a couple of times a week. He will be happier
if he can sit outdoors on a deck or balcony some
part of each day.
Collies prefer to live in a suburban
or rural setting so that they have plenty to keep
them busy and some area to run and “guard.”
Are they suited to homes with kids?
Most collies are good with children
and other pets if thoroughly socialized when they
are puppies. They are gentle and tolerant and will
stay with children at play for hours on end. If
raised with children, they will have a high desire
to be with children and “care for” them
because of their herding background.
Collies can be trained to a fairly
high level through the use of praise and food rewards.
Training of Collies must be done with gentleness
rather than harshness or they will refuse to cooperate
and appear very willful. Housetraining is very easy
with Collies as they do not like to soil any area
where they live and play and have a strong sense
of right and wrong.
How Active is the Breed?
Collies need a lot of social interaction
and can become noisy or destructive (including boisterous
barking and digging) if left without human companionship
for long periods of time.
They love to run and play throughout
their lives. As herders, Collies are able to run
40 miles a day. A Collie is happy with a territory
to “guard” and run. A medium to large
fenced yard and plenty of outdoor time suits him
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
A puppy or young dog needs several
play times a day and loves for some of those to
be outdoors. An adult Collie needs at least two
fairly long walks a day with some active play times
at a park or dog park at least a couple of times
a week. They like to play games and solve problems.
They enjoy obedience training and showing and some
The Rough variety needs frequent
brushing – once a week most of the year. In
the spring and fall, he is a heavy shedder and will
need daily brushing until his undercoat is out.
Check the coat for burs and mats.
The Smooth-coated Collie needs
only moderate grooming and is a much lighter shedder.
Monthly nail cutting (may need
it more often) and biweekly check of ears and eyes
are needed as well.
Hip problems including arthritis,
cancer, and dysplasia leading to lameness are prevalent.
Eye defects occasionally. This breed was over bred
for many years leading to problems, which will be
eliminated by purchasing from a reputable breeder.
The legs of Collies are prone to various problems
including broken bones when they are young and arthritis
and cancer as they age. Many Collies do not like
to jump, so will hesitate to do so for advanced
obedience trials or agility.
Beware of Collie Eye Anomaly which
causes blindness. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
can also cause blindness. Nodular Granulomatous
Episclerokeratitis (NGE) is an autoimmune disorder
that affects the cornea of the eye.
Try to use a heartworm preventive
that does not contain ivermectin (such as Heartguard®)
as Collies are very sensitive to it.
Breeding the Dog and any
Collie puppies need to be thoroughly
socialized in order to build confidence.
4-8 puppies are normal for Collies.
A litter can have both Rough and Smooth collies
and a wide variety of colorations including merle,
tri, and sable.
Life span is generally 12-16 years.
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