Rough Collie general features, temperament, health

Rough Collie dog breed face

FCI # 156, Origin: Great Britain, Group 1.1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs. Sheepdogs

Height: 18-22 in, Weight: 27-45 pounds

Grooming: Medium, Shedding: Medium, Coat: Long coat with the shorter and softer undercoat

Color: Sable with white, tri-color, blue merle with white.

Ease of training: High, Energy level: High, Span of life: 14-16 years.

Breed: The breed name probably arose from the use of Collie: this dogs were herding the dark Scottish sheep, which were called Colley.

Previously, the Collie was a shepherd dog, she followed the herd and was guarding sheep from predators.??For many years Collie was used as a pure working dog.??He??is easily trained and at one time he was even used as a rescue dog in the water.

Collie of the old shepherd type were slightly smaller, with a broad head and shorter muzzle.The initial type of Collie now is the Wales Shepherd.

A little later Collies were mixed with Russian Borzoi that influenced the change of appearance: the dogs became higher, the muzzle has become elongated and narrow.??Working Collies and the new hybrids were separated into different branches.

In their homeland - Scotland - the breed was extremely popular thanks to the Queen Victoria.??She loved those dogs, and a lot of Collies were kept in Balmora Castle in Scotland.??Interest of the queen herself to these dogs gave impetus to the incredible popularity of the Scottish shepherds.

For a long time Collie was barely known outside of Scotland, but now - it is one of the world famous dog breeds - they are extremely popular allover the world.

Thanks to the spectacular appearance Collie is a real Queen of exhibitions and shows. The??lush soft coat of Collie requires daily brushing.??Twice a year, during the shedding, Collie's coat and undercoat should be carefully combed.

This breed is extremely popular in the U.S. as a companion dog or a guard dog.??America even has it's own standard for Collie.

According to the American Kennel Club, long-haired and smooth Collies are considered as one breed.??In addition, the size and weight of the "American" Collie is bigger by the standard.??Also, the American Kennel Club admits two color variations, not recognized by FCI - the sable-merle and white with a colored head.

Rough Collie dog breeds


General Features: For Collie to be able to use innate abilities of a herding dog, he must be strong and mobile, without a trace of coarseness and lumber. It is very important when assessing a dog of this breed to evaluate the proportions of the skull and muzzle, correct size, shape and color of eyes, ears. Harmonic and elegant shape makes Collie one of the most remarkable of all dog breeds.Collie must give an impression of a beautiful, proportioned dog, possessing great intelligence and mobility, dignity. Collie is calm and graceful with elegant movements.Collie's coat is long and abundant with the soft undercoat. Colors: sable with white, tri color, blue merle with white, blue merle and tan with white. Dry, well shaped head and a balanced, elegant composition - make this dog very beautiful.

Temperament: Collie is one of the most beautiful, intelligent and loyal purebred dogs in the world.

Like any other dog, Collies can develop their intelligence only in a constant contact with the owner.??Collie understand a surprising number of words and often acts very independently.??Of course, it would take some time until the dog learns to understand his family, but the more intensely you will engage in his training, the faster will be established a good contact between you and your Collie.

Collie owners, talking loudly with their pets while walking, are often considered not quite normal.??But from their side Collies also tend to express their emotions by the sounds - they "talk" with their owners.

The Spanish Mastiff will never attack without a warning growl or a deep barking in a low tone.??Therefore the training a of guard dog - is a mandatory and a very complex subject, and all methods should be chosen individually from puppyhood.??Do not be afraid to "over prise" your Spanish mastiff, he is very happy when gives you pleasure.????All your commands must be supported by the positive stimulation and affection.

One of the main features of the Spanish mastiff is a devotion to his master and equanimity.??It is very quiet, affectionate and well-balanced pet.??The threshold of his reaction is very high, it is difficult to bring him into a rage or cause aggression, but he will not sit quietly when the owner is in danger.??They bark only when there is an urgent need, so if you hear the barking of your Spanish mastiff, it is better to go and see what happened.

However, less joy gives Collie's tendency to bark. It is necessary to deal with this problem from a very early age.??Collie barks at birds flying by, pedestrians walking near the fence, postmen, guests, etc..??If you live close to the neighbors, you should pay more attention to the education of your Collie, to avoid troubles.??Collie is a very sensitive dog, depending on the owner and exhibiting a high willingness to obey.??Such a willingness to subordinate is quite normal, but it should not be confused with fearfulness and nervousness, which, unfortunately, is pretty common in this breed.??These qualities may be associated with the wrong education, isolation, as well as with the errors in the breeding work.

As a rule, Collies are not seeking for a dominance (an exception may be strong males).??In a much greater extent Collie needs a leader, to whom she could confide.??If the dog does not find a pack leader, she begins to feel insecure and nervous.??Since Collie without problems fits into a family life, family members often feel that there is no need for educating and training their dog, but by doing so they give her a disservice.

Training of Collie is not difficult, and it will bring joy even to the novice.??Collies by nature are curious and they always try to start with the praise from the owner. Some tasty treats??obtained as a reward can lead to surprising results.??Collies sometimes can be a real clowns!??They will gladly participate in any games, if it brings joy to both parties.??Rudeness??can??make Collie insecure and stubborn.??Collie is getting bored with the constant repetition of the same exercises.??This may put on the verge of a nervous breakdown the instructor who trains the dog for the test.??The fact is that if Collie will understand that we are talking about improving the technology in performing some exercises, the dog will lose all interest in them.??If the owner will be able to captivate his sheepdog with the game, he will find in Collie a reliable companion even during the most difficult exercises.??And believe it, no one will rejoice more than a Collie, if the exercise was successful and the owner is happy.??In this case you can not ??fool your sensitive friend.??Collie immediately feels invisible irritation or impatience, and reacts to those appropriately.

If the Scottish Shepherd from the puppyhood had enough contacts with the strangers, he will tend to joyfully welcome the new guests.??When the dog feels that the owner is reserved with the guest, ??in the dog's behavior may manifest some unfriendliness.??If the owner does not show that the visitor is his friend, the shepherd, most likely will not let this person in the house or in the garden.??In this case, the Collie is not evil, they just have a strong instinct to protect.??Collies do not need a special training to the security service, though it is, in general, would not be bad.??Because of this, the dog does not lose his pleasant character.

In their relations with the other animals living in the house and yard, Collies normally show a great tolerance and accuracy. In most of the cases, they quickly make friends with cats, birds, other dogs, a variety of small animals and carefully guard the chickens, ducks, chickens and geese.

Rough Collie dog breed photo

Collie will be the best friend for children.??They love kids and often touchingly care about them.??Collies took children out of the burning houses, pulled them out of the water, pushed away from the rushing cars.??Often Collies show so much tolerance for the small children, until they allow themselves to torment.Therefore, parents should ensure that a Collie had a chance to escape when the dog is left alone with young children.

However, one should be very careful when in the house appear unfamiliar children, because not every Collie loves all children.??Often Collie very clearly feels the difference between friends of "their" children and some other kids, they do not know.??It is possible that the dog will not tolerate their presence.??Therefore it is necessary each time to introduce your dog to the new child and show her that he - from that moment - belongs to a close circle of friends.

If the dog as a puppy had no contact with children, it is quite possible that it will not like them very much.??Not every adult Collie will allow strange children to stroke him in the street.??Some people argue that the Collie is hypocritical.??What a nonsense!??What mother will let her child to go to a Rottweiler or German shepherd dog to pet them???Unfortunately, after watching the movie "Lassie" many people felt in this common misconception, that every Collie should be "kind and good."??People tend to forget that we are talking about the dogs, whose identity must be respected.??These people are trying to lay the blame of their own recklessness on the Collie.

Collie is a temperamental and playful dog.??Such a qualities they retain throughout their lives.??Scottish Shepherds need movement, new experiences and diversity.??If the shepherd is left alone in the garden, no matter how big it is, it is unlikely that Collie will move much.??At best, he will chase the crows and bark at them.

In Collie there is left many of their ancestors - herding dogs, so they need movement.??Collie always want to stretch their muscles and frolic.??Long walks through the forests and fields along with the Collie is a great pleasure, because the dog does not seek to escape from the owner, or to hunt some animals.??Collie notices on the side of the road what we do not see, for example, he may be watching with a great interest some hedgehog or toad.??Even if the dog runs after a rabbit, she immediately goes back on the command of the owner.

However, if a few Collies get together, they may chase any animal or bird - in this case we are talking about group behaviors, which differs from the behavior of an individual dogs.

Another good quality of Collies is that they almost never run away from home.??Typically, a dog of this breed will never willingly leave her house, even if it is not difficult to climb through a hole in the fence or jump over the low fence.

Health problems: In general, Collie is a very healthy breed. Still some Collies my need a special attention to their eyes.

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