Rough Collie and Smooth Collie

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There are many dogs that are of a Collie type, some of whom bear the name Collie and some don't. There are two that are simply referred to as Collies or what some might call Scottish Collies.. They are the Rough Collie and the Smooth Collie who are essentially the same except for the coat. The Rough Collie has a long coat and bears the look made famous by the movie and television adventures of a fictional dog named Lassie. The smooth Collie has a short coat.

Collies as pets

Collies are smart and adaptable to people. According to Pet Library's Collie Guide author Anne Young, “Many Collies teach themselves to be useful.” She also says that the Collie “is exceptionally faithful, very, very sweet natured.” With these statements she believes that the Collie is the ideal household pet.

She believes the Collie is strongly telepathic. She shares this belief with Albert Payson Terhume who wrote numerous books about Collies and bred Champion Collies. Whether the dogs are telepathic or not, I think there is little doubt that the are sensitive to their handlers and pick up on body language and other clues.

History of the Collie


Scottish Collie:

According to the 19th Century dog historian Rawdon B. Lee the word Collie was originally spelled colley. It is an Anglo-Saxon word for black “col. “ Scotland's black-faced sheep were once called “Colleys” so the dog became known as a “Colley Dog” There are other theories but this one seems reasonable to me.

Lee mentions that the Collie and presumably other sheepdogs from places other than Scotland were a times more ferocious dogs than Collies. That is because in some places the dogs have to protect the shep from wolves in those countries. thus more of a fighting dog was needed than n Scotland.

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The Collies as we know them originated in England. The first Collie shows in America were at westminster in 1878. In 1886 the Collie Club of America was formed. It is one of the oldest breed clubs in the world. There are some differences between the U.S. And England

Rough Collie

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Smooth collie

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Lassie

A public image of the Collie was created by the popularity of of the fictional Collie named Lassie. Lassie, a female dog, was originally played by a male dog by the name of “Pal.”

Smooth Collie

Essentially the Smooth Collie is a short haired version of the Rough Collie.According to Wikipedia, both the rough and Smooth Collie started with Queen Victoria when she got interested in the dogs. While at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1860. She acquired some Smooth Collies for her kennel and her interest in the breed made the Smooth Collie fashionable. Another source mentioned her owning a White. According to the White Collie website the Queen's Collies would resemble something like todays border Collie.

The rough Collie and the Smooth Collie in the United States are considered to be variations of the same breed. In some countries they are classified as separate breeds. Some of these countries are the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, according to Wikipedia.

The size of the Smooth Collie according to Wikipedia ranges from 22 to 24 inches for the femal and 24 to 26 inches for males. Measurements are at the shoulder. Weight is from 45 lbs for females to 75 lbs for males. The book by Ms Young indicates the Smooth Collie to be a bit larger and heavier than the Rough Collie. The stats for both dogs are smaller than those in Wikimedia, probably because the book is older.

Collies have four colors, which are Sable, tricolor, blue merle, and white.

The Collie is a very regal looking dog, of gentle nature and generally easy to take care of. They can adapt to almost any environment, are good with children and good company.

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

This one has to be amongst the best of your hub, brother. I really enjoy all the information about Collie types. You have done a great job by share this hub with us. I love the video as well. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting)

Prasetio


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for being the first to comment. I always like Collies but my wife likes Huskies, so we have a Husky. They are both dogs that originated with jobs to do. I'm glad you liked it.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I love this hub. I have always wanted a collie. I didn't realize they came in different types like this. They are gorgeous creatures. Well done!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

dahoglund.....Thanks for this hub on "collies." I am the proud Mama of a handsome, OVERLY intelligent, 3-yr.old, Border Collie. I dedicated a hub to my "Taz," that I believe you would enjoy reading.

I appreciate learning all there is to know about Collies. Absolutely, these dogs must have a full-time job to be happy and healthy. If you like to walk, run and explore for hours, the border collie is your best sidekick! UP++


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

tammyswallow, they are great dogs. I did have one many years ago.Thank you for commenting.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

fpherj48, The Border Collie is not really part of the "Collie" breed. They may be a part of the background of the Collie Breed. The Border Collie is a separate breed now, I believe. I intend to write about the, as well as the Shetland Sheepdog.I read your hub and left a comment. We presently have a Siberian Husky which is also a dog that could walk, or run, all day long.

Another dog that is probably much like the Border Collie is the Australian Sheepdog, although I've never seen one.Thanks for commenting.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Don,

I fell in love with the looks of collies because of the TV series "Lassie." Great show! I had no idea that there was such a thing as a rough and smooth collie. I am learning much from your hubs about dogs and this is no exception. Thanks! Up votes and will share.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Hi Peggy.The story of Pal, the dog that played Lassie originally is rather interesting itself.Not a good dog by show standards but a good actor.Thanks for commenting and sharing.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

dahoglund - From my experience, Collie's are extremely intelligent dogs. Great write up.

TFP


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Thanks so much for the background info. Yes, the Australian Sheepdog is first cousin to the Border Collie. If not for coloring, it's difficult to tell them apart. From what I understand, the Aussie is less "hyper" than the Border.........Thanks again!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Frog Prince, I believe all the herding dogs are very intelligent The Border Collie has been generally acknowledged as possibly the most intelligent dog around. Thanks for commenting.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

fpherj,

I've never actually seen an Aussie, but they sound like great dogs. Thanks for the additional information.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Excellent hub! I really learned a lot from reading your hub. Well written, interesting, and informative. Voted up interesting, beautiful, and useful!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

toknowinfo, I'm glad to see you here. Thank you for your comment and votes.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

Collies do seem as if they would be wonderful family pets. I've never owned one, but from reading your hub and other material on these beautiful animals, I see I have missed out on something special.

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

L.L.Woodard, Collies have always been a favorite of mine.When getting a dog for oneself or family it is wise to match the traits of the dog with that of the potential owners. Thanks for the comment, vote and sharing.


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SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

Thank you Dahoglund for a most informative hub! We have a rescue Rough Collie and he is amazing! This hub taught me a few things I didn't know! He is most definately telepathic. There is no doubt in my mind. Thanks again.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

SamanthaEve, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and found the information useful. You might enjoy reading some of the dog stories (mostly collies) of Albert Payson Terhune. Although they are aimed, I think, at children, they are still good reading for a collie lover. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

Thank you so much! I will indeed look at some of those stories. I know my daughter would love them for sure!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

SavannahyEve, I was dog crazy as a kid and read everything I could about them. Terhune's were the best, I think. Thanks for commenting.

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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi good morning I am not a dog lover but i like these kind of fluffy looking dogs. When i saw the first picture i said he sure does remind me of Lassie only to scroll down and see you did mention Lassie also .

I don't mind having one of these but that's of course when and if i do marry, so my husband can clean up the poop. I don't like cleaning poop unless its mines or a baby's lol.

Have a wonderful day


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Lassie is certainly the best know Collie. Oddly, Lassie was a amle dog partly because the male collie has a more luxioureous coat than the female collie. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Yes he certainly is :)

~~Keep good~~


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting.


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Lady Guinevere 24 months ago from West Virginia

I was raised with the smooth collies. We had one that looked like Lassie and Prince was his name and we also had the mother and her name was Princess. She was the black and white. Someone came to our yard one rainy night and stole Prince because he looked like Lassie. We never did get him back and he was never found.


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dahoglund 24 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Lady Guinevere. It is really sad when a dog is stolen, especially if the family is attached to the dog. I have only had one collie myself. Thanks for commenting.


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ladyguitarpicker 24 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi,my problem is I love them all ,but have never had a collie. They seem interesting, nice hub.


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dahoglund 24 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Yes, there are so many great breeds of dogs. It is a matter of picking which ones best fit your taste and lifestyle.Thanks for commenting.

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