Non-sporting Breeds

Rough Collie

Rough Collie
Pedigree Points
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.
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