The exact origin of the collie has been cause for debate, however, in the early 18th century the Collie’s home was in the highlands of Scotland, where it had been used for centuries as a sheepdog. The dogs were bred with great care in order to assist their masters in the herding and guarding of their flock. Queen Victoria visiting Scotland could see the potential in the collie and added the collie to the Royal establishment, leading to its popularity during Victorian and Edwardian times. In the 1960’s , the collie became popular again with the Lassie films and TV series.
In 1951, the “Scotch Collie Society of Queensland” was formed with the first show being conducted in 1952. In 1995, the name was changed and “The Rough and Smooth Collie Club of Queensland” became an incorporated body. The club is also affiliated with the Dogs Queensland which has allowed the club to hold an annual Specialty show and National Collie shows. In August this year the Club presented the 12th National Collie Show at the Dogs Queensland Showgrounds, at King Avenue, Durack.
The Club’s primary goal is the promotion of the collie, which includes providing information and support to new and prospective owners, and advice to those interested in obedience training, dog sports or exhibiting their collie (rough or smooth).
The Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of the collie, including a description of the three colours, sable, tri colour and blue merle. Soundness is essential and produces the good movement essential for a working dog. A very important feature of the collie is the head. The shape of the head and the almond shaped eyes contribute to the collie’s sweet expression, The eyes should express intelligence, with a quick, alert look when listening. The temperament of the collie is unique and make it a friendly, happy companion dog. The collie is a very versatile breed that can adapt to most living environments – whether that be running around the park with young children, or simply sitting besides a rocking chair with an elderly owner.
The Collie Club also has a Rescue Officer who co-ordinates with other members of the Club to collect, care for and wherever possible, rehome any rescue collie regardless of age, condition or location.
The Club welcomes any new members who wish to be part of the collie world.
Rough (long coated) and the Smooth (short coated) both have long chiselled heads. They come in 3 recognised colours Sable/White, Tricolour & Blue Merle.
GROOMING AND PHYSICAL NEEDS
- Grooming Needs: A good brushing once or twice a week is sufficient, a bath every 4 to 6 weeks in summer weather and less frequently in cooler weather. A good rub down with a wet flannel will remove surface grime and freshen between baths.
- Coat Type: The outer coat straight and harsh to the touch, the undercoat soft, furry and very close. Rough – Long, double coated. Smooth – Short, double coated.
- Moulting: Moderate shedding, generally twice a year, less for desexed pets.
- Exercise Needs: A daily walk, free running and play time with a ball etc. are recommended, will easily adapt to family circumstances.
- Average Life Span: 12 – 14 years.
- Family: An excellent family dog who like to be regarded as a member of the family. They are not a dog to be left in the yard with very little human contact.
- Temperament: Happy, gentle nature with a friendly disposition and no trace of nervousness or aggression. Get on well with other dogs and household pets & loyal companions for children.
- Trainability: Intelligent & easy to train, respond to love and affection rather than harsh discipline.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Excellent with other dogs and pets.
- Barking: High tendency, will bark if bored (as will any dog).
The breed is agile and easy to train, participating in various disciplines, i.e. obedience, agility, flyball and herding.
Collies (Rough & Smooth) are generally very healthy dogs, Eye Anomaly (CEA) and Hip dysplasia can be a problem. Not all heartworm medications are safe for Collies.
Stand Number: B126