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Collie (Smooth And Rough Coat)


Collie (Smooth And Rough Coat) Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 22" - 26"
  • Weight
  • 50-75 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White
    • White / Cream
    • Tri-color (white/tan/black)
    • Blue-Merle
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Guide dog for the blind
    • Rescue heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

colley, Scotish collie, Scottish sheepdog


The exact origin of the Collie is uncertain, but they have existed for centuries as herding dogs of Scotland and England.

Date Of Origin

The date of origin is unknown, however it is believed that the Collie and its ancestors thrived in Scotland for thousands of years.


It was bred as a multi-purpose farm dog, a herder, drover, guard, and companion. Its name comes from the Scottish word for a black sheep, colley. It later became popular with dog fanciers, including Queen Victoria, and became a popular companion dog in the early 1900's. It was first shown in the U.S. in 1877.


The Collie is a large, strong and lithe dog. It has a long, lean and wedge shaped head with almond shaped eyes that are brown or blue in merles, a black nose and high, folded ears.


The collie is an excellent family dog that gets along well with children. It is both active and intelligent. It is friendly and outgoing but will bark at intruders.


The collie is a robust, vigorous and active dog that is still used as a sheep dog. Due to its intelligence however, it is also known as a guard dog, a rescue dog (especially in fire or water), and as a guide dog for blind children. Because of its beauty and exceptional temperament, it has become primarily a companion dog.

Health Concerns

collie eye anomaly, PRA

Additional Information

The collie requires consistent brushing to keep the coat healthy and shiny.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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