Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Smooth Collie; Smooth-coat Collie
The Smooth Collie is the short-haired version of the original Collie. 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.
Like other herding dogs developed in Scotland and Northern England, the Smooth Collie 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 Smooth 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 Smooth Collie may be accepted as a separate that should no longer be interbred with Rough 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.
Be aware that a responsive, intelligent dog like the Smooth 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 Smooth 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. They shed heavily twice a year. A thorough brushing down once a week may take care of mats and tangles. Smooth Collies have a short double coat that requires minimal grooming; brushing with a steel brush is sufficient to remove any loose hair.
Collies are very energetic and become easily bored if left alone for long durations. 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. Smooth 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 are car chasers.
Collies are quick learners. 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 are noisy barkers and bark when they spot a stranger or simply to gain attention.
good watch dog, great collie personality, herding dogs, great family dogs, motherly way
barking, small coloboma, congenital eye problems, hip dysplasia
Collies love attention, versatile dog, warm collie nose, endless energy, curiosity
We already have a lapponian herder in the family and when we decided to have another dog I did a lot of research of different breeds. At first my choice was a Norwegian buhund but there were only two litters in the spring so I continued my research. Then I thought what if we had another lapponian herder but no, not another stubborn furball. Ok, then how about a collie? Too much fur, sorry. But wait! There is another collie breed with short fur, wow! And so I started to find breeders in the areas near by.
So now I own a male smooth collie. The personality is great: he is calm, intelligent (not wise...yet, I'm afraid), easy to handle and teach and everything else. He's THE dog for me. He's adorable, he likes to be where the family is, he knows when he has done bad things and comes to apologize. But the funniest part is that he obeys whispers. When I say a command I usually whisper it so the puppy has to pay attention to me all the time and it works. Lately we have been learning whistling and he learned the first whistle, "Come here!" after three of four times! He doesn't need candy for reward, all he wants is positive attention from me.
Umm...bad things...nothing so bad yet...so far. One antique chair leg has been destroyed, nothing before of after that and this one is my fault actually. He is a very lively person so he moves his sleeping mat all over the house and one evening the mat was beside the chair. At night he had nothing to do and he had to amuse himslef so byebye chair... Had I moved his bed somewhere else and we'd have a flawless chair leg.
The smelly part. He is a puppy, of course he pees inside. Nowadays number two is done outside but still after feeding, we have to rush outside. By the time he will learn the habits but for now we just have to try to understand him.
In conclusion, he is THE dog for me. Or not just a dog, he is a member of the family. We want it and he wants it..
From mustapekka Aug 15 2015 6:01PM
Inflammatory joint disease
Inflammation = a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. Inflammatory joint disease can be caused by infection or immune-mediated disease. Immune-mediated polyathritis is fairly rare in dogs, but still occurs sporadically. Adequan is made from bovine cartilage and it resembles by its composition to normal cartilage so it is easily integrated into the joint. Adequan is made more than 20 years ago for control of the symptoms of noninfectious degenerative joint problems aka arthritis. Its main role is to lubricate the joints, stop inflammation (by stoping prostaglandins E2) and stopping the degenerative process and also promote re-building of some elements of the cartilage. Adequan is given every 3-4 days (twice a week) up to 8 times. The dosage is 2 mg/lb body weight (.02 mL/lb, or 1 mL per 50 lb). This therapy is maybe pricey, but it shows very good results and movement improvement..
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic yesterday
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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