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STANDARD

COLLIE ROUGH - SCOTCH SHEEPDOG

Standard of the FCI # 156 of 19.10.1988

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Country of origin:
Great Britain

General Appearance
Appears as a dog of great beauty, standing with impassive dignity,
with no part out of proportion to the whole.

Characteristics
Physical structure on the lines of strength and activity, free from cloddiness and with no trace of coarseness. Expression most important. In considering relative values it is obtained by perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface, size, shape, colour and placement of eyes, correct position and carriage of ears.

Temperament
Friendly disposition with no trace of nervousness or aggressiveness.

Head and Skull
Head properties of great importance, must be considered in proportion to size of dog. Viewed from front or side, head resembles a well blunted clean wedge, being smooth in outline. Skull flat. Sides taper gradually and smoothly from ears to end of black nose, without prominent cheek bones or pinched muzzle. Viewed in profile, top of skull and top of muzzle lie in two parallel straight lines of equal length divided by a slight, but perceptible stop or break. A mid-point between inside corner of eyes (which is centre of a correctly placed stop) is centre of balance in length of head. End of smooth, well rounded muzzle blunt, never square. Under jaw strong, clean cut. Depth of skull from brow to underpart of jaw never excessive (deep through). Nose always black.

Eyes
Very important feature giving sweet expression. Medium size (never very small) set somewhat obliquely, of almond shape and dark brown colour, except in the case of blue merles when eves are frequently (one or both, or part of one or both) blue or blue-flecked. Expression full of intelligence, with quick, alert look when listening.

Ears
Small, not too close together on top of skull, nor too far apart. In repose carried thrown back, but on alert brought forward and carried semi-erect; that is, with approximately two-thirds of ear standing erect, top third tipping forward naturally, below horizontal.

Mouth
Teeth of good size. Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set
square to the jaws.

Neck
Muscular, powerful, of fair length, well arched.

Forequarters
Shoulders sloping and well angulated. Forelegs straight and muscular, neither in nor out at elbows, with moderate amount of round bone.

Body
Slightly long compared with height, back firm with slight rise over loins; ribs well sprung, chest deep, fairly broad behind shoulders.

Hindquarters
Hind legs muscular at thighs, clean and sinewy below, with well bent
stifles. Hocks well let down and powerful.

Feet
Oval; soles well padded. Toes arched and close together. Hind feet
slightly less arched.

Tail
Long with bone reaching at least to hock joint. Carried low when quiet but with slight upward swirl at tip. May be carried gaily when excited, but never over back.

Gait/Movement
Distinctly characteristic in this breed. A sound dog is never out at the
elbow, yet moves with front feet comparatively close together. Plaiting, crossing or rolling are highly undesirable. Hind legs from hock joint to ground, when viewed from rear to be parallel but not too close; when viewed from side, action is smooth. Hind legs powerful with plenty of drive. A reasonably long stride is desirable and should be light and appear effortless.

Coat
Fits outline of body, very dense. Outer coat straight and harsh to touch, undercoat soft, furry and very close almost hiding the skin; mane and frill very abundant, mask and face smooth, ears smooth at tips, but carrying more hair towards base, front legs well feathered, hindlegs above hocks profusely feathered, but smooth below hock joint. Hair on tail very profuse.

Colour
Three recognised colours: Sable and White, Tricolour and Blue Merle.
Sable: Any shade of light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable. Light straw or cream coloured highly undesirable.
Tricolour: Predominantly black with rich tan markings about legs and head. A rusty tinge in topcoat highly undesirable.
Blue Merle: Predominantly clear, silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich tan markings preferred, but absence should not be penalised.
Large black markings, slate colour, or rusty tinge either of top or
undercoat are highly undesirable.
White markings: All above should carry typical white Collie markings to a greater or lesser degree. Following markings are favourable - white collar, full or part, white shirt, legs and feet, white tail tip. A blaze may be carried on muzzie or skull, or both.

Size
Height: Dogs 56-61 cms (22-24 ins) ai shoulder; bitches 51-56 cms (20-22 ins).
Weight: Dogs: 20.5-29.5 kg (45-65 lbs): Bitches: 18.0-25.0 kg (40-55 lbs).

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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