Long-haired collie

Other names: Long-haired Scottish Shepherd, Collie Rough

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The Long-haired Collie is an ideal life companion for families wishing to have a dog that is attentive, calm, gentle, docile and tender with children. It is also easier to maintain despite its dense and thick fur. He is also a perfect sports companion since he needs to run a lot on a daily basis. Finally, his education is particularly easy.



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Hair type Long
Origin Britain
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 25 kg From 51 cm to 56 cm
Male From 20 kg to 29 kg From 56 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

The long-haired collie has long been used by Scottish Shepherds . He retained some of his working qualities, although the emphasis was mainly on the subjects intended to be exhibited. Differentiated from its short-haired cousin only by its dress , the Long-haired Collie has been selected for over a century. It appears to be descended from dog crosses introduced to Scotland by the Roman occupiers with local varieties.

Thus we find this breed of dog in exhibitions from the second half of the 19th century in Britain. In France, it is introduced at the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the first breed club was created. From the novel by Eric Knight, the dog Lassi will popularize this breed of dog, in particular thanks to its television adaptation in several formats. The breed was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on April 13, 1955.

Photos of long-haired collie

Photo of Niloha, Long-haired ColliePhoto of Gabin, Long-haired ColliePhoto of Princess, Long-haired ColliePhoto of Ulysses, Long-haired ColliePhoto of Deder, Long-haired ColliePhoto of Dolly, Long-haired Collie

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Physical features

His hair: very dense, following the lines of the dog. Straight and hard in texture, the outer coat is paired with a softer undercoat, as dense as fur and tight. The mane, the crop and the tail are particularly well trimmed. Fringes cover the front and rear legs, especially above the hocks.
Its color: sable, sable and white (any shade, from the lightest to the most intense or shaded), tricolor (predominantly black, with bright tan spots on the limbs and head) and merle blue (predominantly clear, silvery blue, marbled with black, preferably with high tan markings). Presence of white marks whatever the main color.
Its head: wedge-shaped seen from the front or in profile. The skull is flat, the stop light but noticeable, the nose black, the end of the muzzle smooth and well rounded without being pinched, the jaws strong and articulated in perfect scissors.
Its ears: small, neither too far apart, nor too close to each other, brought forward, semi-erect with the upper third falling naturally forward.
His eyes: medium, almond-shaped, dark brown in color (blue or streaked with blues in blue merle dogs), displaying an expression that is at the same time soft, lively and intelligent.
His body: slightly longer than high. The back is well supported, the loins slightly arched, the chest high and fairly wide, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: long, well furnished with hair, carried low when the dog is calm, cheerful when it is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Long-haired Collie is an alert, intelligent and lovable dog. With a friendly, cheerful and active temperament, he is gentle with children and his fellows . He is never fearful or aggressive. The Long-haired Collie is very attached to his master . At home, he is an excellent companion for the whole family . The Long-haired Collie has a rather shy temperament. He does not hesitate to withdraw if the situation suggests it. However, his sheepdog instincts lead him to watch over and protect his adoptive family.

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The long-haired collie   needs to receive early education and socialization. An education combining firmness, gentleness and play is required: his intelligence and his desire to please his master facilitate this work. It remains an adaptable and easy to train dog. They should be socialized from an early age to avoid distrust of strangers.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Long-haired Collie can adapt to any lifestyle and family situation if it is well maintained and if it has enough opportunity to exercise. If he prefers to roam freely in a large fenced garden, he can live in an apartment, benefiting from his regular activities. A garden with a house is ideal. It is also essential to take this dog out on a fairly regular basis. This dog needs space and air to thrive.


Ease of gaining weight

The Long-haired Collie is a robust dog that resists cold and bad weather quite well thanks to its double coat. However, like all dogs of his size, he is prone to hip dysplasia . There is also a pathology for which the Collie is predisposed: the collie eye anomaly (AYC). In addition, it can also catch the following diseases: persistence of the ductus arteriosus, epilepsy, lupus erythematosus, skin disease, coloboma, entropion, retinal atrophy.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 10 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for long-haired Collie dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 8 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Long-haired Collie is, on average, between 8 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week to maintain the beauty of his coat. Brushing becomes daily during the moulting period. In addition, it is necessary to clean the eyes of this dog to avoid any infection.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1400 €

The purchase price of a long-haired Collie is between 900 € and 1400 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1300
1400 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Long-haired Collie is between $ 1,300 and $ 1,400.

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The Collie has a fierce appetite. However, be careful, because overeating would promote his overweight which could hide under his thick fur. It is essential to ration this canine with a balanced diet based on high quality kibble , which will cover all of its needs.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Long-haired Collie needs a lot of exercise to get energized . He was originally developed as a working dog . It is therefore naturally active and requires long daily walks, supplemented with games or agility-type activities. It is imperative to keep him this same rhythm in his life, because it will be beneficial for his health and his longevity.


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My collie has degenerative myelopathy

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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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