meet theCollie

These elegant dogs are legendary for their herding and protecting abilities. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, responsive and fast. The rough-coated Collie has a beautiful long coat. It can look as if it’s floating across the landscape when it runs. The coats of both varieties—rough and smooth—used to be mostly black, but now can be sable and white, tri-color, blue merle and white. The breed has an elegant wedge-shaped head. Collies can do well in the country or the city, but need companionship.

theHistory

Training &Temperament

​Collies are impressive dogs; friendly, highly-intelligent, proud, and beautiful. They are great at understanding human's moods and they are very fond of children, making them ideal family pets. Collies require daily exercise and human interaction to be happy. Gentle training is all that is required for a Collie to learn easily and quickly. They have historically been and continue to be beloved family companions.

  • Children

    Yes

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  • Other Pets

    Yes

    87%agree

  • Training

    Yes

    86% agree

  • Time Alone

    Yes

    70% agree

Did You Know?

There are two varieties of Collie: rough and smooth.

The earliest illustrations of Collies are found in woodcuts in The History of Quadrupeds by Thomas Beswick around 1800.

The earliest illustrations of Collies are found in woodcuts in The History of Quadrupeds by Thomas Beswick around 1800.

Blue merle Collies were originally known as "tortoise shell" to describe their color.

The Collie Club of America, Inc., organized in 1886, was the second parent club to join the AKC.

Benjamin Harrison owned a Collie named "Dash."

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black White & Tan 034
Blue Merle 050
Blue Merle & White 051
Blue Merle White & Tan 052
Sable 164
Sable & White 165
Sable Merle 166
Sable Merle & White 277
White 199
White Merle 311

Markings

Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan Markings 039
Blue Merle Markings 033
Sable 026
Sable Merle Markings 032