The Collie is a large, lean, active dog with a prominent muzzle, and erect ears. The expression is alert and intelligent. The Collie comes in both smooth (short haired) and rough (long-haired) versions, though the rough-coated collie is more popular in the U.S. The long-haired version has a mane-like ruff which makes them appear regal. Coat colors may include sable and white, tri-color, and blue merle and white.
History of the Breed:
The collie is a general term used to described herding dogs from Scotland and Wales. Collies were believed to have been crossed with the Borzoi, the Russian Wolfhound, to develop the regal face seen on the modern Collie. This show dog, especially the long-haired version became quite fashionable with English royalty, and was imported into the U.S. When this dog was cast in a popular television show as a family dog hero, the popularity of this breed skyrocketed. Everyone wanted a loyal, intelligent beautiful dog to keep their children safe.
The Collie is very devoted, intelligent, eager to please, and is especially good with children. In fact, my siblings and I learned to walk as babies by hanging on to our Collie's fur. He was very patient!
Care and Health:
Breed Club Links: Collie Club of America
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Rough Coated Collie photo courtesy of Marco Verch. Smooth Coated tri-color Collie photo courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons.