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Rough Collie


A Collie has the brains of a man, 
and the ways of a woman.
- Scottish Proverb

Rough Collie puppy


Rough Collie adult

The Collie is descended from Roman herding dogs that were brought to Britain during the Roman Empire. 

Both varieties of Collie are native to Scotland where they worked herding black-faced sheep called 'colleys'. These dogs became known as 'colley dogs'. 

The 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.

A 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.


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Yvonne Hutton, Malvons
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Pearl Fabbro
26155-124th Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1C4
(604) 462-0836  


Yvonne Hutton
Prince George
, BC     
(250) 963-9678

Rough Collie

Shirley Klassen
38744 Old Yale Road
Abbotsford, BC  V3G 1X5
(604) 864-6477

**Sable puppies available for Christmas 2015! Limited reservations for a guaranteed puppy. Email for info.**

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Renee Holtkamp
Box 899
Bentley, AB   T0C 0J0
(403) 505-9807


Jean Hughes
Box 71
Fort Assiniboine, AB  T0G 1A0
(780) 584-2027





Karen Duncan
Box 550
Waldheim, SK  S0K 4R0
(306) 716-9616


Susan Minard
Box 741
Weyburn, SK   S4H 2K8
(306) 842-5546






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Did you know?

Although "Lassie" was a
female dog in the movies
and on TV, the part was always played by a male Collie because males are bigger, have more coat, 
and look better on film.

Since the original "Lassie" film star in 1943, there have been eight official Lassies. The current Lassie is a great, great, great, great, great grand-son of the original dog.



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