History and Origins
Country of Origin: Scotland
The Smooth Collie is in effect, a Rough Collie without that heavy and protective long coat. Bred to work the sheep of the Scottish Lowlands, the Smooth Collie had no need of a heavy coat, as the weather is milder and the ground less exposed than in the Highlands.
Sheepdogs of this type have existed in Scotland for almost as long as man has kept sheep, but as these dogs were bred according to their working talent and not their looks, appearances varied a great deal through the years and in different areas. The Smooth Collie as a recognisable breed has however existed for over 200 years, and they have been refined by outcrossing to Greyhounds and back to Rough Collies during that time.
The breed owes much to Queen Victoria who noticed these dogs during her visits to Balmoral in the early 1860’s. So impressed by them, she took some back to Windsor and this dramatically increased their popularity as a pet and show dog. However the breed remains rare, having lost out in popularity as a show dog to the more glamorous - and film star - Rough Collie.