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Scotch Collie

Scotch Collie
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Origin / History The history and origin of the Scotch Collie isn't exactly known, but dogs of this breed are said to have ancestors that are from Scotland and northern England. The ancestry of these dogs is thousands of years long because the Scotch Collie's ancestors were used for herding cattle and sheep for several centuries throughout the highlands of Scotland and England. The term "collie" is said to mean "coal" or "black" in Old English. The Scotch Collie breed has two variants: the Smooth Collie and Rough Collie. The dogs that became the Scotch Collie today were used for herding and guarding the flocks of their owners. 

Even though dogs of this breed have been used for many centuries as working dogs, it was only in England during the 19th century that these dogs became popular as pets and show dogs rather than as working dogs. When Queen Victoria became interested in Scotch Collies, the popularity of these dogs increased. During this time, these dogs became larger because of interbreeding with other breeds such as the Borzois. In 1860, these dogs were already participating in show rings in England, and by the 1880s, specimens of these breed have already been introduced to the United States. In 1886, this breed was also fully standardized. In the United States, this breed rose in popularity during the 1940s and 1950s because of the showing of the movie "Lassie Come Home" and the television series that followed.

Appearance The Scotch Collie is often bred more for its working ability rather than its looks. Dogs of this breed have a medium-sized body that is longer than it is tall. They have a deep chest, well-sprung ribs, and a straight back. Their head is long and wedge-shaped, and they have a flat skull with a slight stop. The medium-sized ears of these dogs are fairly wide-set and are semi-erect. Their eyes are medium-sized, almond in shape, and dark brown in colour, but dogs with blue merles as coat colours have either blue or blue-flecked eyes. The tail of Scotch Collies is long and is generally carried low.

Colours The coat of these dogs can be sable, which is light gold to dark mahogany, or tricolor, which is predominantly black with shadings of tan on the legs and head, as well as white markings. They can also be blue merle, which is marbled blue-gray that may be mottled with black. 

Temperament Scotch Collies are versatile dogs. Most specimens of this breed may be used as hunting dogs, although there are some that are being kept as house pets. These dogs are good with children, and they typically get along well with other canines. These dogs will benefit from human companionship. As family pets, these dogs are sweet and protective. They may be clingy sometimes, which may be a sign that they've become overprotective already. 

Height and Weight Male Scotch Collies stand at 21 to 24 inches and weigh 45 to 70 pounds. Female Scotch Collies are approximately 19 to 22 inches high and 40 to 60 pounds heavy.

Common Health Problems These dogs are very healthy and have no genetic health problems.

Living Conditions It's alright for these dogs to live inside apartments, but owners should make sure that their dogs get sufficient exercise. It's still best for these dogs, though, to have a yard where they can roam around and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Exercise is very important for these dogs. They should be taken out for a daily walk or jog. These dogs will also enjoy play sessions with their family members.

Training Requirements Their intelligence and eagerness to please make Scotch Collies fairly easy to train. Owners should, however, know how to make the dogs see that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. It's also important that these dogs are trained using consistent and firm methods.

Life Expectancy The average life span of these dogs is 12 to 16 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed at least once every week or two weeks. If these dogs get a big matt on their coat, it might be best to cut it out rather than to brush it out.

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