Sable and white Rough Collie
|Collie (Rough Coat)
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
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||Group 5 (Working dogs)
||Group 7 - Herding dogs
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
A Rough Collie is a
Scotland. It is well known because of the works of author
Albert Payson Terhune, and was popularized in later generations by the
movies, and television shows. There is also a
smooth-coated variety; some breed organizations consider the
smooth-coat and rough-coat dogs to be variations of the same breed.
Collies come in four basic coat colors: sable and white, where the "Sable"
ranges from pale tan to a golden mahogany; white (which some
breed standards disallow); tricolor, which is primarily black edged in
sable; and blue merle, which is a mottled gray. All come with white chest, legs,
and tail tip and many have white blazes on their faces.
The desired size and weight varies among breed standards; male collies can
stands 55.8 to 66 cm (22 to 26 in) at shoulder; the bitch averages 5 cm (2 in)
shorter. The male can weigh 20.4 to 34 kg (45 - 75 lb) and bitches 5 to 10
pounds (2.3 - 4.5 kg) less.
The mascot of Texas A&M University, Reveille VII, is a Rough Collie.
By all accounts, this is an intelligent dog who loves to work, but in
contemporary times has little herding instinct, since its bloodline consists of
50% bird-hunting dogs and 25% wolf-hunting dogs, which dilute the influence of
the 25% herding dog.
Both Rough and
Smooth collies are descended from a localised variety of herding dog
 Originally, there were numerous forms of these dogs. After the
industrial revolution, dog ownership became fashionable, and these early
collies were crossed with the
Wolfhound), to get a more "noble" head, which is today one of the true
characteristics of the rough collie. Continued breeding for show purposes
drastically changed the appearance of the dogs; it was in the 1960s a much
taller dog than today. Earlier dogs were also more sturdy in build.
Mahogany Sable Rough Collie
They are friendly, unaggressive dogs. The coat needs to be brushed frequently
to keep it in a show condition, but it doesn't require extensive care. They are
mid-sized dogs, suiting them to live in small houses and apartments.
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