“ Animal Species: Dogs „
OK, where to begin... I have a 16month old Smooth Coolie, sable coloured. We named him, maybe unusually, Vince. I've got to say, he's probably the best dog I have ever come across.
The first thing that strike you about the smooth collie is the look. As pups, admittedly, dogs don't necessarily have their all their breed characteristics. But you still looked at him and thought he was a good looking dog. However, as he's grown, the looks have become more striking. The smooth Collie sits very proud, with the crest of hair along the breast prominent as they sit. The long nose, and the fact that the head is naturally held high, adds to this proud effect. The tail isn't too long, nor are the legs. The dog looks very well proportioned and very 'handsome'.
Size-wise, the dog is perfect. But that's only my opinion. Vince at the moment weighs in at a steady 17 kg. Not too big. The smooth Collie is a good size to have around kids as well; not too heavy and not towering over them. The size contributes to the gentle impression of the dog. The is not over-bearing, and doesn't easily knock anyone off balance. Plus, unlike small breeds, he doesn't get under your feet!
Charateristics, though, are an important aspect of the smooth Collie. They are natural hearders, and like to keep the family together. As an example, I was round my parents house, and we were sitting in the front room. My girlfriend walked out into the hall to take a call, and Vince was moving to and fro between the two groups. Only when my girlfriend returned did he settle down. They are also quite inquisitive, and Vince likes to know what's going on. However, this doesn't amount to pestering. And he never begs for food. As for the protective aspect of the dog, if there is something really unusual, he'll give a bark. But he doesn't bark at anything; only what he sees as a 'threat'. By the way, the bark is nice and deep, but not too loud.
Smooth Collies are very easy to train. But they need training, as any dog does. The dog is naturally very intelligent, and takes to training very well. When he was a pup, he learn't to do his 'business' on the training mats we laid down, and it was only about 6 weeks before he was scratching at the door to go outside and do his 'business'.
Be aware though, they aren't low maintainence. Sure, they aren't high maintenance. Vince is quite happy to have a lazy day, but he needs a decent walk every other day. And whenever possible, a nice run around a local park. He's so freindly with other people, that he won't cause a nuiscance. Hair is an issue, if you have an allergy. Regular brushing and baths go a long way.
Overall, the smooth Collie is a great dog. Loyal, good looking, intelligent and packed with character. I alway wanted a German Shepherd, but now, I don't weant anything but a smooth Collie. They really are the greatest dogs about! Plus, they are classed as a rare breed in the UK, so it'll help keep the population going (with the responsibility of breeding for the good of the breed).
Everyone is familiar with the glamorous and intelligent Rough Collie - if only from watching the various incarnations of Lassie. But relatively few have come across its perhaps less glamorous but equally intelligent and striking cousin the Smooth Collie. This is a shame as the Smooth Collie makes an ideal family pet and is much easier in the coat care department than the Rough.
The Smooth Collie is exactly the same dog as the Rough - just without the long coat. Instead he has a coarse short outer coat over a soft and warm undercoat - so all he needs in terms of grooming is the occasional run over with a brush. He is an intelligent and very trainable breed who loves to work. Smooth Collies compete in obedience and agility and have been used as army dogs and search and rescue dogs. But, unlike some more popular collie breeds, they are not at all "manic" workers and will happily just hang out with the family.
Smooth Collies are very elegant and striking dogs. In the UK they come in three colours: sable and white (a rich chestnut colour), tricolour (black, white and tan markings) and blue merle (a mottled mix of silvery blue, black, tan and white). They are medium sized - like a Rough Collie - a little taller than a Border collie. They are very loyal to their families, affectionate and playful - and they generally get on well with other dogs. They are not guard dogs and are not aggressive but they do make good watch dogs and will raise the alarm if there is someone at your home.
I think these are one of the most underrated pedigree breeds there is. The Smooth Collie is easy to care for, easy to train, good natured, robust enough for a family but small enough to be manageable, and very striking and distinctive to look at, yet they are currently on the endangered breed list with the UK Kennel Club.
This is a shame as they are fantastic family dogs that deserve to be more popular.