His coat is long and bushy, he has a elongated muzzle, dark eyes, erect ears and a fox-like expression. A beautiful and graceful dog. Most commonly his coat is sandy with white and black points but there is also a sable merle and tri-coloured version.
The Rough Collie needs daily grooming and regular baths to keep his coat in top condition. Temperament wise he is a protective, loyal, sensitive and highly intelligent dog. He has a kind and gentle nature and is easy to train.
Collie’s can be suspicious of new people and will guard their families and territory. Being a Collie he has a natural instinct to heard and needs daily exercise of up to an hour or more to keep him calm and relaxed.
The Rough Collie is usually good with children and can live in the country or the town providing he gets enough daily exercise of an hour or more. These are generally healthy dogs but they can be sensitive to heat due to their thick, long coats.
The Rough Collie has been successfully trained in a number of careers including as a search and rescue dog, for agility, as a guard dog and of course for television and film. The Rough Collie’s life span is around 14 to 16 years.