The Smooth Collie is a class of dogs developed formerly for herding activities. It is a short-coated version of the Rough Collie belonging to Lassie fame. Some breed organisations deliberate the smooth-coat and rough-coat dogs to be variations of the same breed.
The Smooth Collie is a huge dog, going in size from 22 to 24 inches for females and 24 to 26 inches for males at the shoulder; their weights may liebetween 20- 22kg for females up to 32-34 kg for males.
The Smooth Collie is somewhat longer than the height with a deep chest and a level back.The features of the head,specifically the “sweet” expression, are well-thought-out very significant in the show ring. The breed has semi-erect ears ,a long muzzle and a sflat skull.
The coat contains extremely soft, dense undercoat and harsh straight outer guard hairs which guard are 1-2 inches long, with the longer sectionmostly around the neck and backs of the thighs. The coat requires a weekly brushing. Shedding is moderate maximum time of the year, and little heavy twice-yearly shedding season.
Smooth Collies are found in four colours:
- sable (light gold to deep mahogany)
- tricolour (black, with tan and white patterns)
- blue merle(silvery gray with black, and tan designs), asll marked with white areas on the neck, feet/legs ,chest and tail tip.
- The fourth colour is sable merle( light stippled version of sable).Also sometimes (as with blue merle) accompanied by blue or parti-coloured eyes.
The Smooth Collie is a friendly family dog which can be easily trained. surely not an aggressive breed but yet they alert and voiced which makes them good watchdogs. Collies are nimble and energetic dogs and want regular workout in their schedule. The breed could be easily trained as they already possess high intelligence and enthusiasm to please their owners. Training this breed needs a light touch because they have sensitive nature to correction and shy away from strict treatment. They get attached with children and other pets. Smooth Collies are very obedient. They can compete in agility, dog sports, and other herding activities. Some of them are also used as working sheepdogs.
The Smooth Collie is considered as a long-lived breed; usually it has a life span of 12 to 14 years. They are vulnerable to certain inherited health problems like all dog breeds. Those problems include:
- Collie eye anomaly (CEA): A number of eye problems stretching from minor blood vessel deformities to blind spots to strictly detached or deformed retinas. This problem is so common that absolutely unaffected dogs are uncommon, although thorough breeders have been able to steadily increase the normal population. The difficultyand its extent can be stated through an eye test done prior to six weeks of age. Slightly affected dogs feel no hurts, and are fine working dogs.
- Progressive retinal atrophy: Steady degeneration of the retinas, ultimately leading to blindness. In Collies this disease is less common than CEA, but it is harder to breed away from, as signs are not usually obvious until the victim dog is middle-aged or older.
- Multidrug sensitivity: Sometimes deadly reactions to type of common drugs, like ivermectin, (used as a heartworm) defensive and treatment formites. The gene that leadsto this sensitivity has lately been recognized, and a dog’s vulnerability can now be estimated by a simple blood test.
- Gastric torsion (“Bloat”): A painful and often lethalbendy stomach happening in large or deep-chested breeds. But this can be avoided by feeding small meals and not letting vigorous exercise just before or after eating.
- Epilepsy: Rate of the seizures of unknown origin can often be meaningfully reduced by medication, but there is no therapy which can cure this disease.
This breed can compete in
- dog agility trials,
- herding events.
Trainability and herding natures and can be estimated at non-competitive herding tests. Collies possessing their basic herding characters can be trained for competing in herding trials.