Collie Smooth FCI Standard
Collies were first exhibited in 1860 at the Birmingham (England) dog show. After that show Queen Victoria fell in love with these dogs and began to keep them at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. In 1879 the first Collie was imported to England, where the modern type of breed was developed.
The Collie was one of the first breed registered with the newly formed American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. The Kennel Club (England) accepted the breed in 1886. In 1914, the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognised the breed, gave it the official name – the Scotch Collie that was changed to Collie only in the 1991.
Until very recently, the Smooth Collie and the Rough Collie were considered the same breed. Rarely, they were interbred and produced pedigreed offsprings. Today, almost all countries separate the two varieties. American canine organizations still consider these two varieties as the same breed with identical standards other than coat. Both breeds are mainly used as companion animals and show dogs, but they still are capable of herding.
Smooth Collies are not human aggressive but are generally very cautious of strangers. These dogs usually accept them, but proper socialization is very important to prevent you dog from becoming excessively timid. Smooth Collies are extremely alert and very vocal, which makes them an excellent watchdog. However, they are not good guard dogs, as the most breed members will warmly greet an intruder or run in fear.
The Smooth Collie is very trustworthy with dogs and other animals. This breed shows low levels of dog aggression. Most Collies would prefer to live with at least one other dog, especially if that is another Collie. Most breed members would not intentionally harm another animal, but will try to herd it, which if can annoy a cat or horse.
• different eye problems (including Collie eye abnormality (CEA));
• cerebellar abiotrophy;
• deafness (merle coat color);
• drug sensitivity;
• elbow dysplasia;
• canine hip Dysplasia;
• von Willebrand’s Disease.
Bathing must be done only when need and nit more than once a month. Some owners choose to visit a professional groomer. Brush you dogs’ teeth daily, check and clean eyes and ears on a regular basis and trim nails when needed
Collies get bored quickly with repetitive obedience exercises, so your dog will need interesting and motivated training sessions. Harsh and correction-based training techniques are will make your Smooth Collie confused or frightened. Training must be gentle and based on positive methods like praise or a treat.
You also need to know that Collies tend to be very vocal, and can be very loud. Even the best trained and exercised Smooth Collie will still bark much more than most other dogs.
These dogs make excellent jogging and hiking companions. The modern Smooth Collie prefers to have a job, and love running through an agility course or herding some sheep.