The Rough Collie is the same as the Smooth Collie with the exception of coat length. The breed is thought to have evolved from dogs brought originally to Scotland by the Romans that then mated with native types. Purists may point to subtle differences that have appeared as individual breeders selected stock for future breeding, but the fact remains that the two breeds derived very recently from the same stock and, in truth, share lines that can be found in common to this day. The Rough Collie is, of course, the somewhat refined version of the original working collie of the Scottish shepherd, from which it has been selected over at least 100 years. As a result, we now see a glamorous show dog that draws applause because of his aesthetic appearance, in the same way that his working cousin thrills audiences with his skill in the competitive obedience ring.
This is not to suggest that the pedigree breeder has concentrated only on the physical appearance of the breed to the detriment of its natural working instinct. Far from it; many of the breed remain "fit for function" and will perform instinctively, given the opportunity to work at the job for which it was originally bred. Many owners can vouch for their quiet pets suddenly pricking their ears at the sight of a grazing herd and the instinct to herd comes into play. The basic message is that, for all its beauty, the Collie is a worker and must never be dismissed as "just a pretty face".
The coat must not be neglected; grooming is hard work, but that work yields rewards. Surprisingly enough, the Rough Collie does not seem to demand vast amounts of exercise, but care must be taken to stop him from putting on too much weight.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Town or Country
Type of home
Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.