Focus on the Rough Collie

by MBC

This article will familiarize you with the Collie breed of dog. It will discuss the pros and cons of owning a collie and will feature some fun dog related items.

Many people own collies for farm animals, although they are great herders, they also make wonderful pets. They are a type of herding dog which originated in Scotland and/or Wales.

My first exposure to a Collie was in the form of Lassie on TV - I watched it everyday after school. (I guess that tells you about how old I am.)

Caution: Be sure you plan to live in a cooler climate. Collies do not do well in hot climates. They will also need quite a bit of maintenance and grooming. But they are wonderful companions, and make great therapy or assistant dogs because they are easy to train and willing to help. Collies also make good guard or watch dogs. If the dog has been socialized when they are puppies, most collies are usually good with children and other pets.

The approved colors include three: sable, white or tricolor (black, tan and blue).

This dog is naturally shy and must be worked with to socialize it and get it used to people. They also tend to be of calm disposition. They love protecting children and property which makes them excellent guard dogs.

Before acquiring a collie be aware that they have a genetic predisposition to having eye problems as well as hip dysplasia.

Are Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs the same breed?

No, they two separate breeds altogether with the Collie being much larger. The rough collie’s actual name is Scotch Collie or Farm Collie and it MUST have Borzoi blood to participate in competition. The Borzoi is a tall lean dog and this is where the shape of the collie head comes from.

Sheltie
This photo is of a Shetland Sheepdog and is copyrighted by the photographer Marsha Camblin

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Is It Time for You to Get a Collie?

Be sure you have a big enough yard and are ready to exercise this large dog. Although they can adjust to living in an apartment, I'm sure they would be happier in a big place. You will have a definite need for combs and grooming tools unless you choose to pay to have them groomed and even then you will need these tools for in between appointments at the groomer to keep them from looking shaggy and to keep the tangles under control. They feature a double layered coat, which is why they need a cool climate to be comfortable.

Everything You Will Need to Know About Grooming Your Collie

The Rough Collies' actual name is Scotch Collie or Farm Collie, it has two coat varieties-Rough and Smooth.

Which is your preferred coat type?
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What Kinds of Competition Can You Enter Your Collie In?

Collies do well in the agility competition and are easily trained so obedience events are high on the list.  Of course, they excel in herding events. Showmanship, flyball and tracking are also wide open for the collie to compete in.

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Updated: 11/28/2016, MBC
 
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Have you ever owned a Scotch Collie?


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mihgasper on 06/07/2016

My grand pa had a Scotch Collie, it was a very friendly and playful dog. I also believe this breed needs a lot of space to stay fit and happy. Can you explain a bit about relationships between Scotch and Border Collies?

AngelaJohnson on 05/23/2015

I first saw a collie on Lassie, too. I've never owned a dog but many of my friends do.

MBC on 05/23/2015

I agree and very gentle.

sheilamarie on 05/23/2015

No, but we've had some mixed breeds of which collie was one. Beautiful dogs.

MBC on 05/23/2015

Yes, I loved that program as a child.

CruiseReady on 05/23/2015

They sure are pretty dogs! You made me remember Lassie... what a wonderful program that was. Thanks for the memories.

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