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The Collie (rough)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

Basics:

Country of Origin:  Scotland
Group:  Herding
Lifespan: 8-12 years
Height:  22-26 inches
Weight:  50-75 lbs
Color:  Sable and white, blue merle and tricolor
AKC Rank 2006:  37

The Collie (rough)
When I operated the Pet Motel on route 29 in the late 1970s, I boarded a beautiful Collie named Brandy who lived behind the kennel on Dominion Drive.  The owners boarded Brandy frequently and he soon learned the way to the kennel on his own.  I would be at work and then here he would come, looking for attention and happy to see me.  After months of phone calls to have him picked up, his owners offered him to me.  I jumped at the opportunity.  He was so handsome, had a great disposition, and was show quality in appearance.  I have never met a Collie that could match his good looks or disposition.  Great dogs!  Of course, I grew up with Lassie on T.V. so I’m sure I looked at him in the same light

The heavy coat of Collies was certainly desirable in the cold, rugged weather conditions of Scotland, especially when they were left outside herding sheep.  But in Charlottesville’s weather that coat is less than ideal.  This dog is a case of the double-coat to the max.  I kept Brandy’s undercoat as thin as possible and never trimmed him.  His primary coat seemed to stay clean with brushing so frequent baths were unnecessary.  He always smelled good and fresh.  If you aren’t into brushing, I recommend 6-8 week visits so we can thin out the undercoat for you because neglect will lead to matts in short order—especially at the chest, rear end and behind the ears. 

Can and should they get haircuts?  Oddly enough, yes.  As a matter of fact, short-coated collies exist naturally and are called Smooth Coated Collies.  For ease of maintenance some owners chose to clip down the coat in a utility cut.  My personal preference is to keep a Collie well brushed out, but sometimes the fur is so thick from neglect that clipping is the only recourse.

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