Short-haired collie

Other names: Short-haired Scottish Sheepdog, Collie Smooth

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the   Short-haired collie   is a robust, strong, active dog, harmoniously built and perfectly proportioned, with a dignified attitude and intelligent expression. It differs from the Long-haired Collie only by the length and thickness of its coat.



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Hair type Short
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

Like its long-haired cousin, the Short-haired Collie was traditionally used by Scottish Shepherds for herd management. He distinguished himself from the second half of the 19th century during the first dog shows and was one of Queen Victoria’s favorite dogs. It was also under his era that the first Collie club was created in England, in 1881. The French Collie Club was founded in 1909, a few years after the arrival of the first representative of the breed in France, in from Ireland. The Short-haired Collie was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on December 18, 1974.

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Physical features

His coat: short, lying flat, hard in texture and lined with a very dense undercoat.
Its color: two-tone sable and white, tricolor (dominant black with bright tan spots) or merle blue (predominantly light, silvery blue, with black splashes and marbling).
His head: the shape of the wedge is truncated. The skull is flat, the stop light but noticeable, the nose always black, the end of the muzzle very smooth and rounded, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the cheeks not protruding.
Its ears: moderately large, wide at their attachment, carried backwards at rest, brought forward and semi-erect when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: medium-sized, almond-shaped, dark brown in color, displaying an expression of intelligence, liveliness and gentleness.
His body: harmoniously built, without heaviness or coarseness. The neck is muscular, powerful, well arched, the back straight and well supported, the chest high and rather broad behind the shoulders, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: long, carried low when the dog is calm, with the tip slightly curved, carried cheerfully when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Shorthaired Collie is a cheerful , friendly and pleasant companion dog. Never fearful or aggressive , he also shines with his intelligence, liveliness and activity. The Shorthaired Collie gets along rather well with children , as well as with his congeners. At home, he is a very good companion for the whole family and his attentive and courageous character makes him an excellent guardian.

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The Short-haired Collie can be somewhat stubborn at times , so it is recommended to educate and socialize him early. His education must be both firm and gentle, based on obedience, but also play .

Living conditions

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

The Short-haired Collie is a dog who loves the great outdoors and freedom . He will prefer to live in a house with a large fenced garden , but can adapt to an urban lifestyle if he is frequently outside.


Ease of gaining weight

The Short-haired Collie is a dog of a robust and resistant constitution. However, predispositions to diseases are present in the breed: collie eye anomaly (AYC) dermatomyositis, ductus arteriosus (cardiac malformation), epilepsy, lupus erythematosus, skin disease, coloboma (congenital anomaly of the poorly developed eye), 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 short-haired Collie dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 8 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Shorthaired 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

The Short-haired Collie does not require very extensive maintenance . Apart from regular brushing and an examination of sensitive areas (ears, eyes, pads, etc.), there is no difficult care to provide in this dog.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to keep the coat clean. Baths are only needed when the dog is really dirty.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1400 €

The purchase price of a Shorthaired Collie is between 900 € and 1400 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Shorthaired Collie is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Short-haired Collie needs a lot of exercise to exercise, to be stimulated and to stay balanced. Active and intelligent , he must benefit from long daily kinds and varied activities .


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

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

Recognized by FCI

Since 1974


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