Collie (Rough)

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Is the Collie (Rough) right for you?

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Other name(s): Rough Collie; Long-Haired Collie; Scottish Collie

The basics:
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

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