The Rough Collie is intelligent, active, friendly and good-natured. Rough Collies make good family companions and are obedient and easily trained. In domestic situations they show no signs of aggression and get on with people of all ages. Rough Collies make excellent guard dogs, as they were originally bred to herd and guard sheep.
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Rough Collies need regular grooming with a pin brush that reaches through to the undercoat.
The Rough Collie appears less active than that of the Smooth Collie and doesn't expect as much exercise. However they do require daily exercise.
The Collie's ancestry goes back about 2000 years to the days of the Romans. In Northern Scotland sheep raising was an important industry during the 16th and 17th centuries. The farmers developed a distinctive type of sheep herder that we know today as the Collie. Generally it was the Rough coated Collie that was used for working with sheep.
General Appearance: Dignified, intelligent and graceful.
Color: Sable/white, tricolor or blue merle.
Coat: The outercoat is dense, straight and harsh. The undercoat is soft and furry. There is short hair on the head, ears and lower legs and a mane on the neck and feathering on the rear of the hindquarters.
Tail: Long, plumed, carried low when passive and slightly curved up when active.
Ears: Broad at the base, semi-erect with the tip folded forward.
Body: Rather long, muscular loin and deep chest.
- The Rough Collie is the breed known to the world as the "Lassie" dog from the movie.
- The Rough Collie is identical to the Smooth Collie except that the coat is longer.