Category: Dogs & Cats

The Collie, also known as the Rough Collie or Smooth Collie, is a popular breed of dog that originated in Scotland and the northern regions of England. This dog was originally bred to be a shepherding dog to help with livestock, especially sheep. Collies rose to fame in the 1950s when the Lassie books, movie and television series brought this dog into the forefront of American culture.



Collie Puppy

Collie Puppy

Scientific & Common Names

The scientific name for this breed of dog is "Collie - Canis lupus familiaris." The Collie is typically known simply as "Collie." Other names for this dog are Rough Collie and Smooth Collie; these names refer to the dog's coat. The dog may also be called the Scottish Collie.


Standing 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 50 and 75 pounds when fully grown, the Collie is classified as a large breed dog. The Collie falls in the working dog classification.


There are many reputable Collie breeders in this country and animal shelters are generally teeming with Collies. There are also several breed-specific rescues throughout the country that are dedicated to finding loving forever homes for Collies and preserving the integrity of the breed. If you choose a breeder, please choose wisely. In addition, there are many differences between Border Collies and Rough or Smooth Collies, so be sure you choose a breeder that offers the type of dog you are looking for.


The Collie is a very large and active dog that has boundless energy. The dog was bred to herd sheep and likes to have something to do with his time, so it's important to give him a job to make him feel useful. You should also have a large fenced yard for him to run in. Spend time playing and take your Collie on long walks each day to keep him from becoming bored. The Collie is also very intelligent and easy to train. This breed is large and can be destructive if his time is not occupied by better pursuits.


The Collie originated in Scotland and the northern regions of England. He is larger than the Border Collie, which was bred in the border area between Scotland and England.

Present Status

The Collie is a very large dog with lots of energy and is great for families with older children and those who lead an active lifestyle. This dog typically has a life span of 14 to 16 years on average.