Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 22-26 in (56-65cm) Bitch: 20-24 in (51 -60cm)
Weight: Dog: 45-75 lb (20.5-33.5kg) Bitch: 40-65 lb (18-29.5kg)
Coat: Very dense, straight outer coat, harsh to touch, with soft, furry, very close undercoat
Color: Sable and white, tricolor, or blue merle (not permissible in the UK)
|The Rough Collie, sometimes called the Scots or
Scottish Collie, is still best known as the star of the
Lassie films. This breed's ancestors were introduced
into Britain from Iceland more than 400 years ago.
The word "colley" is a Scottish term for a sheep with
a black face and legs, and the breed worked as a
sheepdog in the Highlands of Scotland for centuries.
The beauty of the breed was later enhanced, perhaps
by the introduction of some Borzoi and Gordon Setter
blood. Although it is no longer required to work, it
retains its intelligence, hardiness, and keen eyesight.
The Rough Collie makes an excellent guard, being
Suspicious of strangers. It is supremely loyal and
affectionate to its owners, a joy to train, and usually
reliable with children. It needs a lot of exercise, but
despite its thick coat, it is not difficult to groom.