BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
BIS CH. Uneeda Promise The Moon "Luna"
Photo courtesy: Uneeda Collies
Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
Male: 24-26 inches (60-67 cm) at the shoulder; Female: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm) at the shoulder.
Male: 60-75 lbs (27-34 kg); Female 45-60 lbs (22-30 kg).
Both the Smooth and Rough Collies are native to Scotland where they worked as herding dogs. The Smooth Collie was used mostly to drive the sheep to market. Today, the Smooth Collie is less common than the Rough Collie, but he is identical in every way except for coat length.
He has a short, dense, straight outer coat and a furry undercoat for warmth. There are several varieties of coat colour. He may be white, sable and white, blue merle and white, sable merle and white, or tri-coloured. His coat requires minimal grooming.
He is hard-working, intelligent, loyal, kind and obedient. He makes an excellent family companion as he is affectionate, people-loving and needs companionship. He is very good with children and usually good with other pets, and he is naturally protective so makes a good watch dog.
Like the Rough Collie, the Smooth is extremely versatile and seen participating in all kinds of sports and activities as well as being used as a working dog in several areas - From show ring to flyball, agility, obedience, draft work, herding, as well as search and rescue, therapy, service, guide dog - The Collie does it all.
Courtesy of Uneeda Collies
If you are considering the adoption of a Collie puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Recommended Health Screening:
For the Collie, the CHIC* database includes health screenings for:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA Test
- Multiple Drug Sensitivity
Additional Health Resources:
- The Collie Health Foundation
- Collie (Rough and Smooth) Canine Inherited Disorders Database
- Eye Disease in Collies
- Bloat As with any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Collie. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard (Rough and Smooth)
- UKC Breed Standard (Rough and Smooth)
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Breed Standard No. 296
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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- Herding with your Collie From the CCC
- Herding Dogs The Herding Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
- Clubs, Sports & Activities For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.