Appears as a dog of great beauty, standing with impassive
with no part out of proportion to the whole.
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.
Friendly disposition with no trace of nervousness or
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
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.
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.
Teeth of good size. Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and
scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set
square to the jaws.
Muscular, powerful, of fair length, well arched.
Shoulders sloping and well angulated. Forelegs straight and
muscular, neither in nor out at elbows, with moderate amount of round
Slightly long compared with height, back firm with slight rise
over loins; ribs well sprung, chest deep, fairly broad behind shoulders.
Hind legs muscular at thighs, clean and sinewy below, with well
stifles. Hocks well let down and powerful.
Oval; soles well padded. Toes arched and close together. Hind
slightly less arched.
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.
Distinctly characteristic in this breed. A sound dog is never out
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
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.
Three recognised colours: Sable and White, Tricolour and Blue
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.
Height: Dogs 56-61 cms (22-24 ins) ai shoulder; bitches 51-56 cms
Weight: Dogs: 20.5-29.5 kg (45-65 lbs): Bitches: 18.0-25.0 kg (40-55 lbs).
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.