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Smooth Collie Dog Breed Profile

Smooth Collie

Other Names
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
Smooth Collies belong to the pastoral group, originally used for sheep-herding the majority are now family companions, they are also seen in the show-ring and increasing numbers are taking part in obedience and agility trials. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
The breeder will give you a diet sheet for your puppy which should be followed. As adults, Collies are an easy breed to feed as they are not fussy eaters. 
Other Expenses
The average price of a puppy is between £500 to £600. 
9 - 15 years
Smooth Collies will live from 12 to 14 years. 
Average Litter Size
Litter sizes can vary from 2 to 8 puppies, but 5 is normal. 
General Physical Description
Smooth Collies are dogs that are gifted with intelligence. They appear alert and active, stand with dignity and are always in proportion - with the appearance of working capability. The eyes have a sweet expression.

Height Min Max
Bitch 51cm (20") 56cm (22")
Dog 56cm (22") 61cm (24")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 18kg (40lbs) 25kg (55lbs)
Dog 20kg (44lbs) 30kg (66lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Bitches measure between 51 to 56cms at the shoulder and weigh between 18 to 25kgs, whilst dogs measure between 56 to 61cms, weighing between 20.5 to 29.5kgs. 
Generally healthy however good nutrition is important. Some collies are affected by CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly) but breeders are working to eradicate this and screen puppies and breeding stock. As with all breeds, ensure a good routine for dental hygiene is in place. 
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
Opinions differ, the Smooth Collie is the same breed as the Rough Collie but whereas the Rough Collie has a long heavy coat to cope with the harsh weather in the Scottish Highlands, the Smooth Collie has developed a shorter coat more suited to the milder lowlands. Most people believe that the Smooth Collie was bred to herd sheep or drive cattle so stamina and endurance are traits of this breed with the ability to work in all weathers. From January 1 1994, Smooth Collies have been considered an entirely separate breed from Rough Collies. 
Smooth Collies are gay and friendly, never nervous or aggressive. They develop close bonds with their families and make excellent companions. They are versatile, clever and will enjoy activities such as agility and flyball. The smooth collie should always be treated with a positive manner avoiding physical abuse or harsh verbal treatment; this applies equally to any training. < 
Show Characteristics
The head is of great importance and should appear in proportion to the body as a blunt and clean wedge with a flat skull and sides tapering smoothly from the ears to a black nose. The nuzzle should be well-rounded and blunt with a strong clean-cut underjaw. Eyes also important, of medium size with an almond shape and deep brown colour unless the dog is of the blue merle variety, in which case one or both eyes or part of one or both are commonly blue or blue flecked, intelligent alert expression. Ears moderately large, when alert the ears are brought forward and carried semi-erect, but otherwise carried thrown back, they should not be to close together or too much on the side of the head but again in proportion. Mouth teeth should be good size, strong jaws with upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. The neck should be powerful, muscular, of fair length and well arched. The body should be slightly long with well sprung ribs, a deep chest and fairly broad behind the shoulders, the shoulders should be sloping and well angulated the forelegs straight and muscular. The hindquarters should be muscular at the thighs. The tail should be long with bone reaching to hock joint to be carried low when quiet but with a slight upward swirl at tip, may be carried gaily when excited but never over the back. Gait / movement moves with front feet close together but never out at the elbow, hindlegs from hock joint to ground when viewed from the rear are parallel, movement is smooth, light and should appear effortless with a reasonably long stride. 
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
40 - 60 minutes per day.
Smooth Collies will easily adapt to family circumstances and enjoy as much exercise as you can give them. However, free-running should be given, allowing them time to play. Obedience and agility are also ideal forms of exercise for these dogs. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
Smooth Collies are friendly, active and intelligent dogs with no traces of nervousness or aggression. They make good house dogs that bond very closely with their families and will get on well with other dogs and household pets. Collies are good companions for children, always willing to play. They are quick to bark if a stranger is about but also quickly make friends with invited guests. 
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
Smooth collies have a short double coat which can be easily groomed and this should be done weekly. Although they do shed, a bath at this time along with a couple of grooming sessions with a steel toothed comb will remove the loose hairs. 
These dogs come in shades of sable and white, tri-colour and blue merle. 
Suffers From Allergies

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