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Popular Dog BreedsRough Collie

All About a Rough Collie

This loveable dog is highly intelligent, easy to train and extremely loyal to its owner and family. They are natural herders and puppies will have a strong instinct to this from birth so it needs to be taught not to do this at an early age (unless you are training your Rough Collie as a working dog).

They are good with children and usually get along well with other pets as they are good natured and very friendly dogs. This breed is full of energy and have a remarkable sense of direction.

They are an intelligent dog that is easy to train and when socialised with strangers from a young age there should be no problems with this breed.

Rough Collie

Grooming a Rough Collie

Hair type: There are two coat varieties for a collie, rough and smooth. The rough coat is long and abundant all over the body but is shorter on the head and legs and the coat forms a mane around the neck and chest. The outer coat is straight and harsh to touch and the undercoat is soft and tight. The smooth coat variety has a short one inch coat all over the body. Coat colours on both varieties include sable and white, tricolour of black, white and tan, blue merle or predominantly white with sable, tricolour or blue merle markings.

Daily coat care: The stiff coat sheds dirt readily and a thorough weekly brushing with a pin brush and standard comb will keep it in good condition. Take extra care when the dense undercoat is being shed. The smooth variety has a one inch coat and should be brushed every 2 weeks. Bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. The rough collie sheds heavily twice a year and the smooth collie is an average shedder.

Recommended groom frequency: Both types of collie coats should be professionally groomed every 6 to 8 weeks.

A full dog groom at Petmania Grooming Studios will include - Full wash, dry, nail clip, ear clean & pluck, breed standard hair cut and conditioning spray.


Depending on the size and age of your Rough Collie, you will need to feed between 275g and 362g of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

Our pet advisors in-store can help you find the most appropriate food for your dog, while you can find out more about the different dog food brands we stock here.

Activity Level

The Collie needs plenty of exercise, which includes a daily, long walk. In addition, they would enjoy some romps off the leash in a safe area. They are naturally fit dogs that will run all day if given the chance. They also enjoy agility training.

Where to get a Rough Collie

There are lots of places offering dogs or puppies for sale in Ireland, but we would always ask that you consider adopting a dog first. Our animal rescue partners have 100's of rescue dogs and puppies seeking a forever home and would be delighted to introduce you to them.

However, if a rescue dog is not for you, we do recommend that you choose a registered breeder and seek Irish Kennel Club registration papers which will confirm that the dog has been bred to their strict code of ethics.

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