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Rough Collie
Gran Bretañaa FCI 156 . Sheepdogs

The Rough Collie he is a very sweet and affectionate dog, maybe a little shy.



The Rough Collie is one of the Collie breeds medium-sized and long-haired who was born in Scotland in the early 1800.

As he Rough Collie as the Smooth Collie , they are descended from a variety of grazing dogs from Scotland and Wales.

  • The variety of Scotland, It is characterized for being a strong dog, large, aggressive, raised to care for flocks of sheep in the Highlands, an all terrain…
  • The variety of Wales, However, was a small dog, agile, home and cuddlier, and also pastor of goats.

From the crossing of these two varieties of shepherd dogs are born the precious Collie who we call today Rough Collie and Smooth Collie.

After the industrial revolution, owning a dog became fashionable, people began to acquire copies and began to expand and cross with other breeds. Y, there is a theory that says that those first Collie, were crossed with a Borzoi (Russian Hunting Sighthound) in order to obtain a more “noble” head (finest), what is today one of the true characteristics of the Rough Collie. But in reality, is not known conclusively if it crosses with the Borzoi It took place on the main stream of the race.

But fashions change as the wind blows... Like for example, When the Queen Victoria acquired a Border Collie, After seeing one in the Balmoral Castle, the Collie they became something like a fashion item.

The issue is that, the Collie they were distributed around the map and continuous reproduction in order to improve the breed for exhibitions, He carried that drastically changed the appearance of the dogs, in the decade of 1960, the Collie was much higher than today.

At the first dawn of the breed the dogs were more robust and resistant, they could travel great distances throughout the day and conserve energy…

Although many theories try to explain them, Unfortunately, the exact origins of the Collie are veiled in darkness. The race has been the subject of much research and speculation. The origin of the word “Collie” It is as uncertain as the origin of the breed information. In the century 18, the natural home of Rough Collie I was in the Highlands of Scotland lands, where it had been used for centuries as a herding dog. Dogs were bred with great care in order to assist their masters in grazing and the monitoring of their flocks.

In the UK the Rough Collie no longer used for cattle grazing, After having been replaced by the Border Collie. Although in the United States and several European countries, there has been a revival in the use of Collie like a working and performance dog, already not are seen as old.

The Club Collie of America was founded the 26 in August of 1886, What makes it one of the oldest clubs in the race. The original club's goal was "the furtherance and improvement of the breed of Border Collie.". From there the first official standard of the breed was drawn up Collie. The celebration of the centenary of the club took place in 1986. Y, Although a lot of time has passed and many things have changed... the objective of the Club remains the same. The Collie Club in England dates of 1881 (Although officially, The American club is oldest...).

The Rough Collie was exhibited for the first time in 1860 in the Birmingham, England, in the dogshow “Scotch Shee-pdog“. In 1879 the first Rough Collie it was imported to England. And from there are the pillars of the race.

With the turn of the century, this breed was already in a state of continuous development. This dog continued to flourish in England. As a result of imports, the race progressed rapidly between the years 1900 to 1920. These dogs built the foundation on which the Rough Collie of today and paved the way for the rise of the great and famous American dog kennels in the years 1920 and 1930.

One of them and perhaps the one that catapulted the Rough Collie, He was the author Albert Payson Terhune devoted almost all his life to these dogs. Albert Payson Terhune (21 december 1872 until 18 february 1942) was an American author, Collie dog breeder, and journalist. The public knows him so much for his novels related to the adventures of his beloved Collie, as for its famous hatcheries "Sunnybank”, from which the bloodlines of specimens of Rough Collie who live among us today.

Physical characteristics

One of the characteristic features of the Long-Haired Collie is its delicately pointed head and snout.. It resembles a wedge decline gently from the ears until the black nose. The snout is rounded and never square. The eyes are of medium size and Pacific way. The ears are supposed to be semi erect, folded in the upper third. In appearance they are very similar to the dog Shetland Sheepdog, but larger.

Regarding the coat of hair of the Rough Collie, the admitted colors are:

  • Sable color: Where sable or grey goes from Pale to mahogany.
  • Blackbird: the blue Merle, It is a mottled grey.
  • Tricolor: It is mainly Tan.

All have white areas, in the neck, the back of the legs, and usually the tip of the tail. Some may have white fringes on the face. The American Kennel Club supports white, where is the dog predominantly white with spots of the sable color, Tricolor and blue Merle, in the head and patches in the body as a.

It has dual layer, the woolly, dense subpelo, It is covered by a layer of hair is long and rough exterior with a remarkable necklace around the neck, feathers on the legs, a skirt in the abdomen, and a steering wheel in the rear quarters.

The outer layer needs brushing frequent, careful to keep it free from spikes and thorns, he has long hair and it looks like Velcro… Shearing it is very damaging to the skin and some do not grow back a significant amount of hair after being shaved.

The desired size and weight vary between the breed standards of the different kennel clubs., but trying to balance the measures... a Rough Collie male measures 55,8 to 66 cm in height to the cross, females tend to be a 5 shorter centimeters. Males weigh in 20 to 34 Kg and females are generally lighter (of 2 to 5 fewer kilos).

Character and skills

The Rough Collie it is a dog that never shows nervousness or aggression, and they are generally good with children and other animals. But, They must be well socialized to prevent shyness. Although they are medium-sized to large dogs, It adapts very well to life in small apartments, because of his quiet nature.

Like many dogs grazing, the Rough Collie can be very vocal (robber…), and in some cases it is difficult to correct them. They are very loyal and excellent with children, provided have been well socialized and trained. They are always eager to learn and respond better to a gentle hand. They enjoy human company and the warmth of home.

To remember… The character of “Lassie” created by the British author Eric Knight was a Rough Collie, It is probably the most famous dog in the world, fictional character who participated in various films, TV series and books for years.

That character inspired screenwriter Hugo Butler in the movie “Lassie Come Home”, under the direction of Fred M. Wilcox, in the year 1943. Film that definitively launched the beautiful Rough Collie.

Health “Rough Collie”

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, do not walk, from any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee on puppies, to tell you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or tell you that your puppies are isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the breed's health problems and the incidence with which they occur in their lines.. The Collie you are prone to a host of health problems. Here is a brief summary of what you should know.

Collies can be affected by a number of genetic health problems, including multiple drug sensitivities due to a mutation in the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1). Dogs with this mutation can have serious or fatal reactions to a number of common drugs., such as preventive ivermectin against heartworm and loperamide, a human antidiarrheal agent that is sometimes used in dogs. Detecting these diseases not only in the parents of your puppy, but also in your dog, it's a life-saving need. The test is simple and only requires a cheek smear.; information on how to test your dog can be found here.

Eye problems are also a serious concern in the breed. One of the most intractable is progressive retinal atrophy (ARP), but luckily the gene for detection was recently identified and a genetic screening test will be available as soon as this year, after which all breeders should have ARP clearances on all their breeding dogs.

The eye abnormality Collie is a group of mild to severe eye disorders. They are present at birth, and can be detected in puppies between five and eight weeks of age. Your puppy's breeder should examine the eyes of all dogs in the litter before selling them.. Have a Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist regularly examine your Collie's eyes. Reputable Collie breeders don't just check their breeders' eyes, but also those of all puppies offered for sale. Do not buy a Collie from a breeder who has not examined puppies' eyes or does not offer a certificate of their eye status.

Unfortunately, the Rough Collie they can also be affected by a number of health conditions for which there are no screening tests. These include epilepsy, as well as a condition called bloating, in which the stomach expands with air. This can become the most serious condition, gastric torsion, if the stomach twists on itself, cutting off blood flow. Gastric torsion suddenly hits, and a dog that was fine a minute can die a few hours later. Watch for symptoms such as restlessness and gait, babeo, pale gums and lip licking, try to vomit but without bringing out anything, and signs of pain. Gastric torsion requires immediate veterinary surgery, and most dogs that have bloated once will bloat again. This means that it is prudent to opt for the procedure known as “gastric torsion”, which will prevent the stomach from twisting in the future.

Not all of these conditions are detectable on a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict if an animal will be free of these diseases, so you need to find a reputable breeder who commit to raise healthier animals possible. Must be able to produce independent certification that the dog's parents (and grandparents, etc.) have been examined for common defects and considered healthy for breeding. That's where health records come in..

Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest and best looking dogs, but sometimes mother nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good husbandry practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you are going to have a puppy, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in their lines and what they died of.

Remember that after you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, has the power to protect you from one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keeping a Collie at the right weight is one of the easiest ways to extend its life.. Make the most of your preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

Grooming “Rough Collie”

Both varieties of Collie have double layer, which means they have a thicker, softer inner layer and a thinner, flatter outer layer. The Rough Collie has a beautiful, voluminous coat that seems to need a lot of grooming, but it's not like that. Thorough brushing every one to two weeks will keep the coat healthy and tangle free. The coat of the Smooth Collie it's a piece of cake. Brush it weekly with a rubber brush or soft brush to remove dead hair. Your Collie should not need a bath more than once a month..

The Rough Collie they go through a heavy shedding twice a year, floating dumb call. During this time, brush daily to keep all hair down under control. The Smooth Collie doesn`t blow his coat, but throughout the year he loses more hair than he Rough Collie.

The rest is basic care. Trim nails as needed, usually every few weeks. It shouldn't take so long that you can hear the click on the floor.. Brush your teeth daily to improve general health and breath.

Characteristics "Rough Collie"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Rough Collie" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
  • Section 1: Shepherd dogs. Without working trial..


  • FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC

  • FCI breed standard "Rough Collie"

    FCIFCI - Rough Collie

    Alternative names:

    1. Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, “Lassie” dog (English).
    2. Colley à poil long, berger écossais (French).
    4. Rough collie (Portuguese).
    5. Pastor escocés de pelo largo (español).

    creators of Rough Collie in Spain

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    Breeders of the breed "Rough Collie"

    2 thoughts on "Rough Collie”

    1. I'm looking for a Border Collie male for my Border Collie female (blue merle) to cover .
      We live in Spain ,province of Andalusia close to Almeria .
      Our dog will be in heat in February , she is four years old and has never been mated .
      This is a family breeding , puppies once and then our bitch will be spayed.
      Please addresses of growers in the area .


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