Routine care: She can be sensitive to warm weather; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress. Keep the dog-safe (zinc-free) sunscreen handy for her nose and ears.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Rough Collies generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
The Collie is a faithful, loving, and friendly companion. She is naturally responsive to people and always enjoys playing.
Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
An excellent companion, family, or working dog
Good with children and other pets
Protective of family; good watch dog
Highly trainable and eager to please
Sweet, gentle, and sensitive
Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices
May have a tendency to bark excessively
Has a tendency to herd, including small children
Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much
Whether you are considering adding a new Rough Collie to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Rough Collie will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Rough Collie you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Rough Collie could encounter:
The Collie originated in Scotland and England during the 18th-century and was bred as a herding dog. There are two Collie breeds; the Rough Collie with long hair and the Smooth Collie, which has shorter hair. Lassie, the iconic television dog, is a Rough Collie. The Collie is a clean dog and is said to lack "doggie odor." Intelligent and energetic, Collies excel when entered into obedience, agility, and herding events. The Rough Collie is a devoted family dog and a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 14-16 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Rough Collie shows signs of the following:
- Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
- Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
- Gums that are a color other than bright pink
- Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
- Cloudiness to eye lens
- Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
- Vision impairment
- Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
- Skin sores, shifting leg lameness
- Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness
- Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
- Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat
- Lethargy, drooling, or abnormal behavior following drug administration