Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Rough Collie; Long-Haired Collie; Scottish Collie
The Rough Collie is the long-haired version of the original Collie, developed in modern times into "a glamorous show dog that draws applause," as the the Kennel Club (UK) puts it. Like other herding dogs developed in Scotland and Northern England, this dog is highly regarded for its intelligence, alertness, and loyalty. The desire to work and the ability to solve puzzles hasn't been bred out of this beautiful version of an old-time herder. As a result, you can expect a dog who is responsive and energetic as well as beautiful. This is not the choice for someone who just wants a pretty pet to pose on a cushion.
Is the Rough Collie a true breed or just a variety of the Collie? It seems to depend on who you ask. In the US and Canada, the Collie is the breed, and the smooth and rough Collies are simply two varieties you may choose from. In the UK and Australia, the Rough Collie may be accepted as a separate breed that should no longer be interbred with Smooth Collies. However, the Kennel Club does point out that the two breeds separated so recently that there are probably no real differences between the two other than the coat. Which Collie you choose may be a simple matter of aesthetics. Hypersensitive lines can be found in both. Know your breeder.
Be aware that a responsive, intelligent dog like the Rough Collie can be sensitive. Gentle guidance is important. Get training if you are unsure of how to work with your pet using verbal commands.
Appearance / health:
The Rough Collie is a graceful, slender dog with great strength and elegance. The head is in the form of a blunt wedge, and tapers gradually from the ears to the black nose. The medium-sized eyes are almond shaped and neither too large nor prominent. The ears are semi-erect with one-fourth of the ear tipping forward. The neck is firm and muscular. The length of the muscular body is slightly more than the height.
Collies require regular brushing. Males shed once a year. Females shed twice a year unless they are spayed, and then it is once a year. A thorough brushing down once a week may take care of mats and tangles. The Rough Collie is bathed only after the coats are brushed to remove any mat formation.
Collies are energetic and become easily bored if left alone for long durations. Most Collies have bursts of energy in the AM and PM.
During the middle of the day they tend to sleep. They require a lot of exercise to remain fit and healthy. They love to run long distances.
There are a few health issues which can affect Collies. They include: Collie eye anomaly (CEA), an inherited eye disease; autoimmune disorders such as discoid lupus (aka "collie nose"); dermatomyositis and colitis of various types including inflammatory bowel disease; and bloat and torsion (gastrodilation-volvulus). Collies also carry a mutation known as MDR1 (75% of Collies are affected in some way) that causes them to be hypersensitive to certain drugs and medications. Ivermectin and other anti-helminths can be fatal at normal therapeutic doses, but there is a genetic test now so you can find out your collie's drug sensitivity status. All of these problems have a genetic basis and can be minimized by responsible breeding practices, so puppy buyers should look for reputable breeders.
Behavior / temperament:
Collies are family dogs that dislike being chained or tied up. They retain many of their innate herding skills and make outstanding working dogs. Collies are sometimes used as assistance dogs for physically handicapped people. Collies are also used as therapy dogs, rescue dogs, and drug-detection dogs. They love to chase moving objects and can be car chasers.
Collies are quick learners and obedient by nature. They are excellent obedience dogs. This breed responds better to a soft tone of voice during training, and they understand corrections quickly. They may be stubborn and unwilling to learn if force is used. Positive reinforcement methods work really well with this breed.
Collies can be avid barkers, but are good alert dogs to strangers on the property. They are not prone to biting.
gentle devoted companion, SWEET disposition, great family pet, Collie intelligence
proper brushing, chronic barker, strong drive, big yard, Barking, Ivermectin
disciplined eater, Perfect Suburbs Dog, hand signals, long hair, big brown eyes
I was very lucky to have this dog from puppy until he passed away. I found him to be very easy to get on with. You could almost do anything to him and he would not get angry. He only ever showed his teeth once and that was when he did not like someone. I used to love just laying on the floor as he would come and lay on top of me. Now for the boring stuff, i found his breed to bark a lot, often at their own shadow. Great with kids and small children. A real pain to groom. Overall my thirteen years of experience with this dogs breed was wonder and amazing i highly recommend them..
From ILOVEHORSES Oct 7 2015 8:48PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 275 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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