The ‘Long-Haired Collie’ known by the name Rough Collieis a long coated breed of average to bulky size dog. In its original form, it was a type of collie bred for herding in Scotland. Rough Collies usually come in shades of sable, tri-coloured and merles. This breed is very much like smallerShetland sheepdog which is partly derived from the Rough Collie.
All dogs under the breed have white coat areas, parts of the leg, in the collar, and usually the tail tip. Some may have bright blazes on the face region. Rough Collies have a blunter face when compared to Shetland Sheepdog . The planes of the nose and the top of the head should be analogous in collies, with a minor but distinct break. The downy undercoat is protected by a dense,long, coarse coat with a ruff around the neck, a petticoat on the abdomen, feathers about the legs, and a frill on the hindquarters.
The size and weight are:
Formale collies height is 22 to 26 in at the shoulder and they weigh 55 – 105 lbs.
The female averages 2 in shorter and usually 5 to 10 lbs less than male.
- shows no nervousness or aggression
- isgenerally good with children and other animals.
- hascalm disposition.
- can be fairly vocal (some are hard to train not to bark). The herding instinct varies, with some dogs being fairly loud and others calm.
- are very loyal and good family dogs
- infrequently aggressive beyond barking
There are some health problems that can affect the class.
Collie eye anomaly (CEA): it is a genetic disease which leads to improper development of the eye and may also lead to blindness.
More seldom, Rough Collies can be affected by progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), in which bilateral degeneration of the retina effects in progressive vision loss ending in blindness therefore, Rough Collie puppies should be screened at an age (6–8 weeks) .
Canine cyclic neutropenia is a cyclic blood disorder that is usually fatal to affected puppies. Hip dysplasia: this dysplasia is a budding concern for Rough Collies. Careful choice by many breeders is reducing this problem.
In addition to the above problems, there are a number of problems for which no screening test exists:
- a tendency towards allergies
- thyroid disorders
Since no DNA tests exist for these disorders breeders can avoid generating them by eliminating affected dogs from the gene pool.
The dual layered coat desires to be brushed regularly and thoroughly to retain it in a show condition. Tamed dogs need less care but still a noteworthy amount. The plentiful coat picks up grass seeds and seed husk, and numerous dogs incline to mat to some point, chiefly behind the ears, around the collar and in the pants. Shaving them is not considered good for their skin and they sometimes do not regrow amount of hair after being shaved.
The dogs were bred with great attention for the purpose of assisting their masters in guarding of the flock.
Collies are proficient as keen herders. Also they are sensible, family companions, flexible in any role may be as a working dog or to an owner owning them for hobby. The qualities that these dogs possess are adaptability, loyalty, trainability, soundness of body and character, agility, grace which contribute to make them a good herding dog and a good companion as well.
A Herding Instinct Exam introduces Collies and their trainers to herding at the simple level. It is intended to show whether or not a Collie has the natural instinct to achieve the function for which the breed was originally created.
Rough Collies can contend for
- dog agility trials
- flyball, tracking,
- herding events
Herding instincts and trainability can be stated at non-competitive herding exams. Rough Collies showing basic herding instincts can be taught to compete in herding trials. Thistype has also been recognized for its effort as rescue and search dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs for the blind.