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Smooth Collie

General Description

The Smooth Collie is a breed of dog developed originally for herding. It is a short-coated version of the Rough Collie of Lassie fame. Some breed organizations consider the smooth-coat and rough-coat dogs to be variations of the same breed.

Character and Temperament

Sociable, Intelligent, Alert, Responsive, Active, Trainable

Exercise

The Smooth Collie dog breed needs at least an hour's daily exercise. Walking the same route day in and day out will leave him mentally unchallenged, so vary routes and try some sports, like agility, obedience, rally-O, freestyle, or flyball.

Origin

The modern history of both the Smooth and Rough Collie began in the reign of Queen Victoria, who became interested in the shepherds' dogs while at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. In 1860, she purchased some of the dogs for her own kennel. With the Queen's interest, it became fashionable to own Smooth Collies.

Stats

Average Dog Size

22-24

Average Dog Weight

44-64

Average Bitch Size

20-22

Average Bitch Weight

40-55

Average Life Expectancy

12-15


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