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    Brief Description: 

    The obvious difference between the breeds Rough and Smooth Collies is the coat length, which in the case of the Smooth Collie is short and flat with a harsh texture on a dense undercoat. Source: The Kennel Club

    Also see DWN's Rough Collie page for breed-specific resources.

    Links to Breed Descriptions: 

    AKC Video Link

    View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel



    SCC Video Link

    View more videos on SCC's YouTube Channel


    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Collie, korthårig
    • Colley à poil court
    • Collie de pelo corto
    • Kurzhaariger Schottischer-Schäferhund
    • Collie Korthåret


    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 



    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys

    Breed-Specific Articles: 



    Breed Standards: 

    There are numerous breed standards.

    The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.

    Three of the major international standards are:

    The American Kennel Club

    The Kennel Club, UK

    FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)

    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    1. Swedish Insurance Data

    • Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
    Collie Smooth: 2006-2011 2011-2016

    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. The Kennel Club, UK: Category 1: Breed Watch
    2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/or English Summary
    3. Finland

    Breed-Specific DNA Tests: 

    HGTD Smooth Collie



    Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, Clemson University At Collie Club of America National Specialty March 29, 2018 - development and use of a DNA test for Dermatomyositis and Interpreting Risk Assessments


    Other Breed-Specific Webpages: 

    Collie Health Foundation Seminar on Hip & Elbow Dysplasia, OFA and Pennhip (2019)


    Breed-Specific Research: 



    Breed Clubs: 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.

    Denmark: Dansk Collie Klub | Health

    Finland: Suomen Collieyhdistys ry / Finlands Collieförening rf.

    Germany: Deutschen Collie-Club e.V.

    Ireland: IKC: Breed information and contacts are available

    Italy: Italian Collie Club

    Netherlands: De Collieclub

    Norway: Norsk Collie Klubb

    Sweden: Svenska Collieklubben

    UK: The British Collie Club

    USA: Collie Club of America

    • CCA Illustrated Breed Standard
    • Standard Review Committee 2009: Includes discussion of inheritance of coat color, as well as The Collie Club of America Standard Review Committee's presentation of data from a variety of sources regarding discussion on the sable merle. Replies to questions represent a solid cross section of breeders, exhibitors, and judges whose opinions differ on the subject, but who have had enough hands on experience dealing with the sable merle to add credibility to their replies.


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