The obvious difference between the breeds Rough and Smooth Collies is the coat length, which in the case of the Smooth Collie is short and flat with a harsh texture on a dense undercoat. Source: The Kennel Club
Also see DWN's Rough Collie page for breed-specific resources.
Links to Breed Descriptions
USA: Collie Club of America
CCA Illustrated Breed Standard
Standard Review Committee 2009: Includes discussion of inheritance of coat color, as well as The Collie Club of America Standard Review Committee's presentation of data from a variety of sources regarding discussion on the sable merle. Replies to questions represent a solid cross section of breeders, exhibitors, and judges whose opinions differ on the subject, but who have had enough hands on experience dealing with the sable merle to add credibility to their replies.
AKC Video Link
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel
SCC Video Link
View more videos on SCC's YouTube Channel
Other Names for Breed
Colley à poil court
Collie de pelo corto
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finnish Collie Association's database for rough and smooth collies - includes 200375 dogs - the database is open to be browsed and searched.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Category 1: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/or English Summary
Finland: JTO: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=296&T=2
Norway: Norsk Collie Klubb - Ras Presentation (in Norwegian)
Breed-Specific DNA Tests
HGTD Smooth Collie
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, Clemson University At Collie Club of America National Specialty March 29, 2018 - development and use of a DNA test for Dermatomyositis and Interpreting Risk Assessments
Collie Health Foundation Seminar on Hip & Elbow Dysplasia, OFA and Pennhip (2019)
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Denmark: Dansk Collie Klub | Health
Finland: Suomen Collieyhdistys ry / Finlands Collieförening rf.
Germany: Deutschen Collie-Club e.V.
Ireland: IKC: Breed information and contacts are available
Italy: Italian Collie Club
Netherlands: De Collieclub
Norway: Norsk Collie Klubb
Sweden: Svenska Collieklubben
UK: The British Collie Club
USA: Collie Club of America