come in both the more common rough-hair and less common smooth-hair
varieties. The rough collie has coarse, straight and abundant outer
coat with short, smooth hair on the head and legs. The smooth collie
has smooth short hair everywhere. They come in four distinct colors
which are the same on both types. Sable and white is the most recognizable
because of the "Lassie" series. The sable color on these dogs
can range from blonde to a deep reddish-brown color. Tri-Color dogs
are mostly black and white with sable markings. Blue Merle collies are
black and white with mottled gray-blue markings. White collies are mostly
white on the body with colored heads.
Originally bred in the Scotch Highlands as a working stock dog they
were originally called "Scotch Sheepdogs". They are renowned for their
loyalty, reliability and ease of training. The Collie is a great family
companion, watchdog and friend. Every kid should have one!
Male collies are from 24 to 26 inches at the withers and weigh from 60 to 75
pounds. The smaller females are from 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weigh from
50 to 65 pounds.