Rough Collie 101: Top 10 Facts You Should Know [Lassie’s Breed]


Do you have a Rough Collie or are thinking
about getting one soon? Are you curious to learn more about this breed? Here are 10 facts you should know
about the Rough Collie. Before we begin, be sure to hit the subscribe
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Make sure to check out our channel, Our Fuzzy Pals. Okay, let’s begin. As seen in the popular 1950s television series
Lassie and the later movies, the Rough Collie was originally
used primarily as a herding dog. A native of Scotland, Collies are gentle,
loyal and intelligent. Rough and Smooth Collies are differentiated
by the length of their coat: a Rough Collie has an outer coat of long fur, while the Smooth Collie has
an outer coat of short fur. With the exception of the long-coated fur,
most of the following traits also apply to the Smooth Collie. Color. There are 4 colors in a Collie:
sable (think of Lassie), tricolor, black with white markings
and tan shading, blue merle (silvery blue and black),
and white, or predominantly white with sable, tricolor, or blue merle markings. Size. Rough Collies in the U.S. weigh between 60-75 pounds on average,
and Rough Collies in the U.K. weigh between 50-65 pounds. Males stand approximately 24-26in tall,
and females are 22-24in tall. The size of their eyes usually differs between
Collies in the U.K. and the U.S. While this is not always the case, U.S. Collies
tend to have larger eyes, and U.K. Collies have smaller eyes. Good watchdog. Collies are considered
alert watch dogs. They are quick to react to sounds and are
protective of their families. Collies can be suspicious of strangers: they
will likely bark at them but will not be aggressive. Herding instincts. Rough Collies often
have a strong herding instinct, so it’s not unusual for the Collie
to gather pets and children, chase at cars and deers, and bark. At an early age, a Collie should be trained
the “quiet” command to prevent excessive barking. Family friendly. A well-bred and
trained Collie is friendly, gentle and sweet. Collies are great around kids. They enjoy playing with kids and
watching over them protectively. They love being involved in family activities
and being around people. Intelligence. Collies love to learn. They are highly intelligent and easy to train,
although they can get bored at too much repetition. Collies thrive on positive teaching methods. Because of their loyalty and intelligence,
they make excellent guide dogs. Grooming.
Overall, the Collie has low dog odor. The Rough Collie has a double coat of hair:
the outer layer is rough and coarse to the touch, and
the underlayer is soft and dense. Due to their double-coated fur, they require
brushing at least twice a week to maintain a healthy coat free of mattes. If females are spayed, they will have a big
shed once a year, and if not, they will shed about 3 months after their heat cycle. Males shed around their birthday and will
require extra grooming around this time. Exercise. Rough Collies are great as
both city and country dogs, as long as there are
loving people surrounding them. Adequate exercise such as a brisk walk or
playtime in the yard is sufficient. If left alone for long periods of time,
the Collie will bark excessively. Keeping the Collie mentally challenged will
ease the excessive barking. Having another dog in the house can also help,
although Collies are definitely people dogs, and don’t do well if left without human
companionship for long periods of time. Diet. Good nutrition ensures a healthy skin, coat, and general well-being. Collies do well on high-quality dog food that
is primarily protein-based, with fewer grains as ingredients. Health. The most common health risks for Collies are the Collie Eye Anomaly and Hip Dysplasia. Collie Eye Anomaly is an inherited condition
that causes abnormalities and changes in the eyes and
can sometimes lead to blindness. It usually occurs by the time the Collie is
two years old, and there is currently no treatment for this condition. Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal formation of
the hip socket that can cause pain and lameness in the dog. Dogs with this disease should not be bred. Always find a reputable Rough Collie breeder
to ensure that the dog comes from a healthy line of Collies. If you are thinking about adopting, it is
best to test for these conditions if possible. Bonus fact. Although Rough and
Smooth Collies are a distinct breed of their own, these dogs look similar
and are sometimes confused with Shetland Sheepdogs, (also known as Shelties), Australian Shepherds,
and Border Collies. So, that was 10 facts about the Rough Collie. If there is anything that we missed and you’d
like to add, please tell us in the comment section below. Or what are some things that you’d
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  • I know everything about collies, I´ve got more than fivteen years eperience about collies,and other kind of dogs.

  • My rough collie squeezes her head between my legs and seems to like the closeness and comfort there. They really are the sweetest dogs.

  • A fairly good but rushed film. We have had Rough Collies for 50 years. At the moment we have 3. The 3 colours that are allowed in the British show ring. They are the sable and white, the tricolour and the blue merle. I find that roughs keep very clean themselves, and yes, they do have lower doggy odour than some other breeds. I do not brush every day. I have a very wide toothed comb for general tidiness. I keep the feet clipped tidy and the fur from the lower hock at the back. It does not take too long to give a proper comb and sort out. It is all according to which tools you choose. Our 3 roughs delight us everyday. They are our family. Please do not have them if you are out all day. They love your company. They like to be loved, talked to and played with. They are the most beautiful of the breeds with a nature to match. Oh, dont bother trying shows. The dogs are lovely, but that is as far as it goes. You dont need it. Just enjoy them. Make them happy and they will return the complement.

  • My rough collie's afraid of everything. If a stranger comes in the house, she will bark at them from the couch. She is smart but very stubborn and often disobeys. I have never seen a dog so fearful of getting wet – won't go out in rain unless she is about to have an accident. Messed in house about every 2 months – had to put in kennel at night to stop it.

  • High quality dog food is true but not too high on animal proteins…. A 60%protein and 40%carbohydrat diet is best suited

  • My family has had 3 over the last 40 years. Two of them rescue dogs. One was an from a lady who had to got to a nursing home. All had different personalities depending on their formultive 2 years. About the rescue dogs; I don't know why how anyone could throw out a collie or tie one to a rock out in the elements.

  • 2:09 IT-Collie Lucien has his own Twitter account. If you want to see more pictures look here https://twitter.com/ItCollie

  • I have border and rough collie and is the most intelligent bride have I ever see ,most gently full of love,happy and most beautiful bride ever ,intelligent like children of 12 years old

  • I've had three rough collies and can vouch that they are the most wonderful companions ……….. some of the best in life.

  • Every dog or cat breed has an official standart, so white collie exists only in US. In other contries it is disqualified…

  • About 70% of rough collies have multidrug resistance gene 1 (MDR1) defect. If you get a rough collie yous should do genetic testing for the trait. If the dog has two faulty copies of the gene it leads to them having adverse reactions to some drugs that wouldn't bother most dogs. This is important because Ivermectin, one of the most common wormer medicines, is a problem for the breed. I knew a rough collie owner that mistakenly gave his dog the med and it got rather sick. If your dog does have the defect you should be aware of which medicines you have to reduce the dose on.

  • I have four Rough Collie in the UK a Blue Merl and a Sable Male and two tri females wouldn’t change to any other dog

  • We have had two over the past 24 years, and both were so easy to train- very intuitive dogs, and great couch potato dogs for cuddling and hanging out, but also love the park and playing, even into older age. Two of my best friends in the whole world. Can't imagine life without them.

  • I grew up with a tri, and she was like a 2nd mother to my 3 brothers and I. She crossed the bridge when I was a senior in highschool. She lived a wonderful 14 years with us. When I worked for a veterinarians office that was connected to a grooming facility, a woman who brought her blue merle headed white in to be groomed told them she needed to find him a new home because her daughter was pregnant and "collies aren't good around kids". The groomer came over and told me, knowing my love for collies, and I adopted him the next day. Other than his habit of playing in his water dish and thus making himself muddy all the time, he was an absolute sweetheart. As he got older and developed age related hip dysplasia, I took him to water therapy and had special vet treatments and playdates. After he crossed the bridge at 13 years young, my sister-in-laws aunt, who happens to breed and show collies, knew about everything I had done for Aragorn, and knew I was struggling with my Multiple Sclerosis becoming worse, decided to give me one of her pups. That was 6 years ago, and Sorcha, the current Sable ball of fluff in my life, is a constant source of joy.

  • We breed the older lines of farm bred collies known a Scotch (Scottish) collies. Our collies are smaller (40lbs to 60lbs) , more agile, apt to hunting small game, and great herding animals.

  • My dog dont bark whata so ever even when left alone for long amount of time(we checkrd to see if he barks with cameras in the house) , and has a strong odour actualy regardless baths and all that but also would liketo add thats defeently most collies love all animals and people and they defeently clingy

  • My rough collie,Timmy, is 6 years old this year and he is brilliant one thing that bothers me is that seems to get diarrhea a lot I give him probiotics and prebiotics that I buy from PetSmart and when he's eating them his poop is fine if I stop giving him the probiotics it seems that his poop comes back to diarrhea soft within a couple of days and I don't know what to do about it I hope somebody reads this and says something I've had him to the doctor I told the doctor about him and about that situation how he seems to get diarrhea if I stop giving him the probiotics and I don't know what to do about it damn I don't know if I'm giving you the right food or not sturdy mop on proton Purina Pro turkey anyone that for years now he's on I am which is also turkey meaning radiant but had diarrhea a lot with this new food don't know what to do

  • My rough collie is so silly! Each time I run around the house she'll chase after me in a playful way. I think it's part of her herding instinct, but it's good exercise. Whenever I see my dog bored I'll just start running and she'll happily join in! But whenever she isn't playing with me, she is just laying lazily on the couch. And she hates hugs, she'll groan whenever I wrap my arms around her. A dog trainer once told me it's because they like to have their space, is this true?

  • I owned 3 collies all at once in my life, they are beautiful. They tend to be barkers though. They are so sweet. High maintenence with the hair and coat. If you are one of those people who want house beautiful, this may not be the breed for you because of the hair. Most beautiful breed of dog imo. Sweet and smart and sensitive. Very loving and intelligent.

  • I have a smooth collie I always get she a German shepherd or mixed breed I away tell the person she's a smooth collie she's a beautiful tri collie

  • Had two rough collies lost one when i lost my husband so there looking after each other, my boy left looks after me we both miss the others but take care of each other
    What a fantastic breed

  • I bought a dog from a shelter the day before she was to be put down. No one wanted her due to her 3's (shaved, skinny and scared) and the vet said she had Lupus. As a volunteer there, I felt sorry, adopted her and then her fur grew out, her nose healed and I put weight on her. She turned out to be a rough, tri colored perfect animal that I'v had for 7 years now..(p.s.: the vet was wrong:)

  • Hip dysplasia is NOT 'common' in Collies. As a breed generally, and overall, only about 3% of them will have hip problems.

  • Or I mean definitely because I don’t really like small dogs that run at me
    And also I want a giant furry friend to play with and cuddle with at night

  • Collies are very smart guys because my grandmother has a collie because i wish i have a collie guys that would be awsome Lamborghini jordan here byeee!.

  • My heart is broken………….we had to put our sweet collie down yesterday 🙁 We loved her so very much, and will miss her always.

  • I’m almost 70 I have had Collies most of those years. I have seen the breed change. Major. The AKC has had a major negative factor to the breed. The Collies you see at the major shows do not reflect. What the breed is about. My current collie Laddie. Blood line is of Spanish and Russian linage. He is very strong. Very mellow. Great herding instinct. Astute with constant eye and physical contact to his human family. His step sister is 100% multi generation North American. There is a remarkable difference not just in the physical but also the mental.
    My suggestion for those interested in ownership of a Collie make sure you get your puppies DNA study for Collie eye and a proof of no hip problems. At least 3-4 generations.

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