Rough Collie is
by far the most popular, but he is identical to the Smooth Collie in every way except for coat length. Since
catching the eye of Queen Victoria in the 1860s, the Collie has enjoyed
increasing popularity. The TV show "Lassie" turned the Rough
Collie into a beloved cultural icon almost overnight.
The Rough Collie stands up to
26 inches at the shoulder. He is believed to have inherited his long coat
and noble face from Borzoi ancestors. His straight, harsh, double coat
comes in several colour varieties.
He may be white, sable and white, blue merle and white, sable merle and
white, or tri-coloured. While his coat sheds dirt fairly easily, he requires
regular grooming. The Collie is subject to seasonal shedding.
hard-working, loyal, kindly, obedient, and responsive nature makes the
Rough Collie an excellent family pet. He is very attached to people and
needs the companionship of family life. He gets along beautifully with
children and is usually fine with other pets. He is naturally protective
and will make a good watchdog.
The Rough Collie is intelligent and
quick to learn. He is easily trained and becomes housebroken fairly
quickly. Early obedience training is best. The Rough Collie will respond
to his owner's tone of voice. Heavy-handed training techniques are not
necessary. A hard worker, the Collie needs daily outdoor activity
including free exercise. He does best in an environment where he has
access to a large fenced yard.