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The Rough Collie (also known as the ‘Long-Haired Collie’) is a long coated breed of medium to large size dog that in its original form was a type of collie used and bred for herding in Scotland. Originating in the 1800s, it is now well known through the works of author Albert Payson Terhune, and through the Lassie novel, movies, and television shows. There is also a smooth-coated variety; some breed organisations, including both the American and the Canadian Kennel Clubs, consider the smooth-coat and rough-coat dogs to be variations of the same breed. Rough Collies generally come in shades of sable, merles, and tri-coloured. This breed is very similar to the smaller Shetland Sheepdog which is partly descended from the Rough Collie. – WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]
This is a breed that enjoyed immense popularity for decades, thanks to the “Lassie” books, movies and TV shows. That popularity has waned over the years, but I have known a few of these beauties.
Fergus was adopted at the age of 4 a couple of years ago from a rescue organization. He appeared neurotic for the first few visits, constantly pacing in the house. Since then, he’s become more serene, thanks to the loving care of his owners. His “mum” has a charming Scottish brogue. One thing he’s not serene about is squirrels! He yanks a bit to get to them, but the bigger problem is the barking – loud and long! Good thing Fergus can’t see them in the dark, otherwise, that late-night potty break could be cause for complaint with the neighbours.
Freja and Ronja were littermates who came over from Sweden when their Dad was transferred by his company. They stuck together at all times and were not interested in the other dogs. Such a sweet and docile pair!
My very first Rough Collie house guest; a real sweetheart:
Did you watch the”Lassie” movies or TV show? Here’s a revelation: Although Lassie was supposed to be a girl, males dogs were used exclusively. From lassieweb.org:
All the dogs portraying Lassie have been male. A female collie was hired to play the lead in Lassie Come Home, but when an opportunity came to film “Lassie” negotiating some rapids, the female reportedly would have nothing to do with the rushing water. Rudd Weatherwax’s collie “Pal” was substituted, and not only stole the stunt but won the role. Weatherwax continued to use male collies in the role for a good reason: both sexes shed in the summer (when most movies and television shows traditionally film most of their episodes), an event called “blowing coat,” but since the male has thicker fur, he wouldn’t look so scrawny during filming. Also, fans tend to think of Lassie as a “big heroic dog.” Female collies are usually 10-15 pounds lighter than their male counterparts, therefore a male dog playing Lassie would look more impressive. Female collies were not ignored because they are any less intelligent; in fact, some of Lassie’s stunt doubles have been females.
Are you surprised?
Could you deal with dogs who “blow their coats”?
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