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Collie (Smooth)

A medium/large breed, well proportioned and dignified-looking, the Smooth Collie should look as if he's capable of a day's work. Adult males stand at 56-61cm and weigh 20.5-29.5kg, and females are 51-56cm and 18-25kg. The short, flat coat is harsh to the touch, and comes in sable and white, tricolour (black with tan and white markings) and blue merle (silver-blue with black).

  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Smooth haired collie in the forest

Personality

A friendly, good-tempered family dog, the Smooth Collie dog is alert and makes a good house watchdog. He can be prone to excessive barking if not trained or if bored, and does not enjoy being separated from his loved ones for too long. An active dog that needs mental stimulation, the Smooth Collie enjoys training and can reach high standards in many canine disciplines. He can be sensitive and needs gentle, calm handling.

Collie with smooth hair lying

History and Origins

The Rough and Smooth Collie might look very different, but beneath their coats they are the same dog. The Rough breed needed a thicker, longer coat to withstand the unforgiving conditions of the Scottish Highlands, whereas the shorter-haired Smooth Collie dog breed worked sheep in the lowlands, where the weather is milder. The Smooth Collie has been a recognisable breed for over two centuries, but sheepdogs of similar type have existed in Scotland long before then.

Health and Common Issues

As with many breeds, the Smooth Collie dog breed can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise Needs

The Smooth Collie dog breed needs at least an hour's daily exercise. Walking the same route day in, day out, will leave him mentally unchallenged, so vary routes and try some sports, like agility, obedience, rally-O, freestyle or flyball.

Nutrition and Feeding

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients, including minerals and vitamins, compared to smaller-breed dogs.

Grooming Collie (Smooth)

A low-maintenance breed, the Smooth Collie dog breed has a thick undercoat and a short, flat top coat that should be brushed through once a week.

Best Family Dog Breeds

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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