Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Rough or Smooth Collie puppy or adult dog (aka Scottish Collie).


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Buying or Adopting a Rough or Smooth Collie

Also known as Scottish Collie. By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

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The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Rough or Smooth Collie the right breed for you?

Rough and Smooth Collie Review: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Collie Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Rough or Smooth Collie?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Collie stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, flyball, herding); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing (rough variety) – moderate
  • Trimming (rough variety) – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Rough and Smooth Collies are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding (both varieties)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Collie to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Collie, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Collie?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Collie be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Rough or Smooth Collie?

Collies are a common breed in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Collies rank 37th. The majority of those are Rough Collies; if you're interested in the Smooth variety, you'll need to look harder.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Collies (or Collie crosses and mixes) are often available from Dog Rescue groups. Collies may be turned over to Rescue because they need too much grooming or exercise, or because they shed too much. Owners might give up their Collie for behavioral issues like barking. But many Collies are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Collies can sometimes be found here, although Collie Rescue groups do try to move Rough or Smooth Collies out of shelters and into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Rough or Smooth Collie from a show breeder, who breeds Collies to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Rough or Smooth Collie from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Rough or Smooth Collie puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Rough or Smooth Collie puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called rcd2-PRA.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Collie ends up blind, or lame from hip dysplasia.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I've seen plenty of Rough Collies in pet shops, but only one Smooth Collie. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of Rough or Smooth Collie puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Rough or Smooth Collie puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

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book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

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