Appearance

The downy undercoat is covered by a long, dense, coarse outer coat with a notable ruff
around the neck, feathers about the legs, a petticoat on the abdomen, and a frill on the
hindquarters. The smooth collie likewise has a double coat, but the outer one is short
and dense, albeit there is a notable ruff around the neck.

Temperament

Collies are known to be generally sweet and protective. They are generally easy to train
due to a high level of intelligence and a willingness to please. Some collies are a bit
clingy, but this is often seen as an overdeveloped sense of loyalty. They are excellent
herding dogs and benefit from the companionship of a family or other dogs. Collies are
very playful and gentle around children. They can also exhibit a strong herding instinct,
especially around children.

History

Collie refers to various breeds of herding dog originating primarily in Scotland. The
exact origin of the name is uncertain, although it probably originates in Early Scots col(l)
(coal), meaning black. Another explanation sometimes put forward is that collie was a
regional word in Anglo-Saxon for "something useful."
Collie
Coat:
Origin:
Height:
Color:
Guard Ability:
Life Span:
Weight:
Learning rate:
Obedience:
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Watch Ability:
Activity level:
22-26 inches
High
Very High
12-14 Years
Smooth or rough
Medium-low
Scotland
Sable and white, blue merle
Low to High
Intelligent, gentle and social
51-75 pounds
High
Lassie, a female Rough Collie fictional
character has starred in, or been the subject
of, many radio shows, movies, TV shows,
and books.