Hard Haired Collie, Straight Haired Collie & Shetland's Collie
The hard haired females as well as the straight haired ones can give birth to puppies with both types of hair. It is believed that the Shetland's Collie comes from a mixture of between the hard haired Collie and the native dogs of the Shetland Islands, in the north side of Scotland. All of them were Shepherd dogs.
The straight haired Collie is usually shier and unsociable than the hard haired one. The Sheltie is caring, but also kind of noisy. All of them will thank physical and psychological stimulation, they are loyal family pets and they need a lot of brushing to keep a neat look. They are light and agile, intelligent, they learn fast and they enjoy training sessions of any type, as long as they use lucid and motivational techniques. petzorb
The coat of hair is straight and thick; the hard haired Collie and the Sheltie have longer hair. The three of them have abundant hair and fringes on the paws. The Collies can be marten, tricolor or blackbird-blue; the Sheltie, black and white or black and fire. All of them have long tails and they keep them low.
- LIFE EXPECTANCY: 11 years.
- PHYSICAL EXERCISE: Very Intense.
- MAINTENANCE: Difficult.
- LEVEL OF NOISE: Noisy.
- HEALTH PROBLEMS: It is strongly recommended to rule out ocular malformations.
- HEIGHT: Shetland's: 35 – 37 cm; Straight or hard haired: 51 – 56 cm.
BREED RECOGNIZED BY THE CANINE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION (CIF)