Smooth Collie


A medium sized Smooth Collie
Smooth Collie Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)20-24in (51-61cm)
Weight40-66lbs (18-30kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan9-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size5
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsHigh
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Smooth Collie is a medium-sized and robust dog. The body has a slight sloping topline, deep chest, well sprung ribs, straight and muscular forelegs and a long tail carried high but not curled over the back. The head is wedge-shaped with a well-rounded muzzle, a black nose, black, oval eyes with erect ears that fold forward at the tips. The double coat has a short and smooth outer coat, and the colouring tends to include sable, white and mahogany.


Smooth Collies are gentle-natured dogs with calm dispositions. They make protective and devoted companions and family pets, and are fearless in the face of danger. These dogs often show no nervousness or aggressiveness but may require early socialisation in order to prevent shyness. They are intelligent and eager to learn, and they train relatively easily, and so are suited to both novice dog owners and the more experienced. Training should be carried out in a positive manner as these dogs can be sensitive. Smooth Collies like to play and get along well with older, more considerate children and also with other pets too. Around strangers they tend to be wary and are quick to bark, which makes them good watch dogs, but they make friends quickly with invited guests.

History & Skills

Smooth Collies originate from Scotland, and some opinion is divided as to wether they are the same breed as the Rough Collie. While Rough Collies have long coats to cope with the harsh highland weather, Smooth Collies have developed shorter coats more suited to the milder lowlands. Thought to have been bred originally to herd sheep and drive cattle, these dogs have great stamina and endurance and have been officially classed as a separate breed since 1994. These days they are still used as sheepdogs and also make fine family pets and companions.

Breed Specific Ailments

Smooth Collies tend to live between 9-15 years and are generally a pretty resilient and healthy breed on the whole. Some of the health concerns that have been noted include Collie eye anomaly (CEA), Canine cyclic neutropenia and hip dysplasia.


Smooth Collies are medium shedders that also shed more heavily on a seasonal basis, and so may not be suitable for those suffering from allergies. Their grooming requirements are moderate though, and the short double coat will beed brushing once a week or so, and bathing only occasionally.

Exercise & Environment

Smooth Collies tend to live indoors and are also suitable for small homes, such as apartments, thanks to their calm natures. As they were bred as sheepdogs they do need a fair amount of exercise, and they will need access to a yard or garden area for play plus a good daily walk.


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