Rough Collie - From Farm To Family Favourite

  • 15/01/2011

Origins

The Rough Collie sometimes referred to as the Long-Haired Collie, or just Collie, is a medium / large dog which was originally bred as a herding dog used and developed in Scotland for herding and chasing sheep. Over the years however it has become predominantly a pet dog, with the more familiar Border Collie being the more popular dog employed by sheep farmers.

Description

The Rough Collie is quite distinctive in it`s look which was probably made most famous by the on-screen star dog `Lassie` and often is called the `Lassie Dog`.

They have a rounded muzzle which tapers smoothly from the black nose to the ears, almond-shaped, medium-sized eyes and semi-pricked ears. A male normally weighs around 20 to 34 kilograms and stands around 55 to 65 cm tall at the shoulders while the female will be generally 5cm shorter and slightly lighter in weight, dependent on breed variations.

The Rough Collie has variants in colour the most common is the sable and white, then there is a tri-color which is black and tan with white and a blue merle which is mottled grey. All have white areas in the collar area and some may have white in the tail and even on the face. All white (predominantly white) dogs do occur.

The coat itself is made up of a downy undercoat and a rougher coarser dense outer coat. The Rough Collie also has a ruff around the neck. The coat can be prone to matting and requires regular maintenance to keep it in good condition.

People all over the world love the Rough Collie, it is a highly popular breed and it has featured in many paintings, and sketches by artists such as the internationally renowned Mike Sibley who produces amazingly life-like portraits and prints of many breeds of dog.

Traits

A Rough Collie does generally make a good pet, and are usually good with children. They are calm and loyal in temperament but should be socialised from early age to avoid shyness. Seldom are they aggressive, so don`t rely on them to fend off burglars.

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