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Rough Collie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Rough Collie so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginScotland
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank40
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Other Names
What other names does the Rough Collie have? The dog breed also known as...
Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Rough Collie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Rough Collie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Rough Collie breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Rough Collie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Rough Collie price:
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the Rough Collie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Rough Collie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Rough Collie gets to a happy place.

Overview

The long-haired Scottish Shepherd dog is considered by many to be the world's most beautiful dog. Her head is long, tapering. Black nose, dark brown meaningful eyes. Ears small, pre-tearing. Tail hanging. Its elegant, graceful appearance and beautiful long coat is a truly eye-catching sight. In addition, this dog breed is not only beautiful, but it is also very intelligent: perfect for quick learning and a variety of tasks. We also know legendary loyalty from the story of Lassie's. His love for his child and for his master is really just like in the movie.

Rough Collie is cheerful with full of energy. The breed enjoys people's company, sensitive and devoted. Collies are strongly tied to their masters and don't bark much. The character of the Rough Collie dog from Eric Knight: Lassie Come-Home has become sympathetic to many readers. Collie's intelligence is extraordinary.

They notice and understand what is happening in the surroundings, so it's an excellent guard dog. Not only their hearing, but their sight is also excellent. He likes working, obedient, docile.

Purposes of the Rough Collie

Rough Collie can be especially recommended for families with children or where adults have an active lifestyle. Collie has great results in several dog sports. Besides their beauty, they're also excellent as a working dog and are easy to train. Recently, fewer and fewer copies have been trained, but they deserve more attention because of their good senses, workload, and dynamism. According to his fans, the Rough Collie can fight the most if necessary. Undoubtedly an incredibly loyal and pleasant companion.

History

This dog breed comes from Scotland, as its name suggests, an ancient Scottish breed. Its contemporary version of the Old English Shepherd Dog and the English Greyhound. In the 1800s, the commonly used black-colored sheep on the Shetland islands were called colley on the basis of the old English word black. The sheep-guiding dogs were simply called colley dogs, which became today's collie. For centuries they were used as herding dogs and later became world famous as a military medical dog. Many people like the breed because of their nice look.

English doctor called Johannes Caius wrote about the Collie nearly 550 years ago: "this kind of voice of his owner, whistling and seeing his whistle ... straying the stray sheep precisely according to his master's wishes. Forward or backward, right or left, or hold in place." In the mountains of Scotland, Collies were a great value. More people should have been used to guard flocks, drive them to the fair, and guide them to new pastures, and their wages would have consumed all the benefits of the leader. The Collie was later a well-known war-dog, messenger and guard dog. The Rough Collies's long, dense, weather-resistant coat was created by the cold climate of the Scottish West Highlands. Graceful shape, elegant appearance describes them.

In the history of the Scottish Shepherd dog, it was the turning point when Queen Victoria visited Balmoral in 1860. She immediately fell in love with the Collies. She bought home some copies the Royal Kennel in Windsor. The long-haired Scottish Shepherd was suddenly in the center of interest (alongside the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), and the rich competed for the most beautiful specimens, even from the United States. For the first time in the history of dog breeding, the price of a puppy was equivalent to a small fortune: a single Scottish Shepherd dog paid £ 1,000 (around $ 2,400). At that time, they began to strive for a more elegant look. To achieve this, they allegedly used: Russian Greyhound and Gordon Setter but this is not proven.

There are several dog breeds from the ancient "Collie" breed: Rough Collie; Smooth Collie; Bearded Collie; Border Collie; Shetland Sheepdog (the "Miniature Collie"); Kelpie (the "Australian Collie").

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Rough Collie size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Rough Collie weigh? Rough Collie weight:
Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Rough Collie? Rough Collie average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Rough Collie? Rough Collie height:
Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Rough Collie average height:
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Rough Collie have? What does this canine coat look like?
RoughSoftThickStraightHarshFurry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Rough Collie's coat?
Black & White & TanBlue & MerleBlue & Merle & WhiteSableSable & WhiteWhiteWhite & MerleMerle
Grooming
How to groom the Rough Collie and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Rough Collie requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Rough Collie is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
As the long-haired Scottish Shepherd has very rich hair, it should be thoroughly combed and brushed at least once a week. Particularly dense parts should be brushed up to the skin so that the hair does not tangle. It is recommended to do this every day during the weaning period, otherwise, the house will be filled with drowned dog hair.
Shedding Level
How much do Rough Collie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Collie? Rough Collie shedding level:
Rough Collies are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Rough Collie have? What characteristics does the breed have?
FriendlyGentleIntelligentLoyalProtectiveResponsiveSocialHard workingDocileObedientElegantHerding
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Rough Collie? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Rough Collie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Rough Collies are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Collies learn quickly and like being trained. They're happy to carry out the tasks that his master claims. The best results in teaching a Scottish Shepherd dog can be achieved by changing the sound transfer. It is important to note that it is a very sensitive breed of dog, and if it is spoken to in an uplifting tone, it causes serious mental pain. Educating with hard methods is forbidden! At the same time, the thorough socialization of the puppies should not be neglected, so that the adult Scottish dog can react in a predictable way to every situation and stimulus.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Rough Collie is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Rough Collie sensitivity:
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Collie need? Rough Collie social needs:
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Rough Collie dogs bark a lot? Why does my Scottish Collie bark?
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Rough Collie good as a watchdog?
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Rough Collie dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Rough Collie dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Rough Collie can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Rough Collie will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Rough Collie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Collie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Rough Collie? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Rough Collie do?
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Rough Collies need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Rough Collie to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Rough Collie roam?
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Rough Collie have high prey drive?
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Rough Collies are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Rough Collie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Rough Collies are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Collie behaves calmly in the apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Rough Collie dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
This breed welcomes friends and guests nicely. However, if they notice a stranger, they're alert and protect your family house, especially if they're at home alone.
Child Friendly
Are Rough Collie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Rough Collie and children:
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Collies are kind and patient with children, they are determined to protect them.
Cat Friendly
How well do Rough Collie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Rough Collie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Rough Collie dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Rough Collie can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Rough Collies good office dogs? Do Rough Collies make good office friendly dogs? Can Rough Collies be ofiice dogs?
No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Rough Collie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Collie temperament with senior people? Are Rough Collie dogs good for elderly owners?
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Rough Collie dogs get along with other pets? Are Rough Collie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
A real companion dog that gets along very well with other dogs and pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Rough Collie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Rough Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Rough Collie be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Rough Collie breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Rough Collie be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Rough Collie breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Rough Collie be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Rough Collie breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Rough Collie be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Rough Collie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Rough Collie be a boat dog?
Not really
Rough Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Rough Collie be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Rough Collie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Rough Collie dogs have health problems?
Rough Collies are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Rough Collie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Rough Collie breed? Health risks of Rough Collie:
Collie Eye AnomalyGray Collie SyndromeProgressive Retinal AtrophyDrug SensitivityHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Rough Collie dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Rough Collie be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Rough Collie breed hypoallergenic?
No
Rough Collies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Rough Collie have?
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Rough Collie dogs require per day?
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
The Scottish Shepherd is highly agile, requires regular, long walks. If walks are sometimes missed, it is not a problem for them. Their favorite pastimes include playing ball games, petting, and walking off leash. One of the great advantages of the dog breed is that it does not tend to wonder while walking. They don't leave their territory and does not move far away from their master off leash. You can trust in them. Walking with a Scottish Shepherd is a very relaxing pastime.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Rough Collie need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Rough Collie risk for obesity:
Average. The Rough Collie has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Rough Collie's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Rough Collie drool?
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Rough Collie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Rough Collie. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Rough Collie puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Rough Collie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Rough Collie have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Rough Collie have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Rough Collie

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Rough Collies are very easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Rough Collies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Shedding Level: Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Rough Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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