Collie Breed Standard
Well proportioned, smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and
perfect balance, combined with sufficient substance to give impression
of endurance. Any tendency to courseness or weediness undesirable.
Tenacious, hardworking sheepdog, of great tractability.
Keen, alert, responsive and intelligent. Neither nervous nor
HEAD & SKULL
Skull fairly broad, occiput not pronounced. Cheeks not full or rounded.
Muzzle, tapering to nose, moderately short and strong. Skull and
foreface approximately equal in length. Stop very distinct. Nose black,
except in brown or chocolate colour when it may be brown. In blues nose
should be slate colour. Nostrils well developed.
Set wide apart, oval shaped, of moderate size, brown in colour except
in merles where one or both or part of one or both may be blue.
Expression mild, keen, alert and intelligent.
Medium sized and texture, well set apart. Carried erect or semi-erect
and sensitive in use.
Teeth and jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square
to the jaws.
Of good length, strong and muscular, slightly arched and broadening to
Front legs parallel when viewed from front, pasterns slightly sloping
when viewed from side. Bone strong, but not heavy. Shoulders well laid
back, elbows close to body.
Athletic in apperance, ribs well sprung, chest deep and rather broad,
loins deep and muscular, but not tucked up. Body slightly longer than
height at shoulder.
Broad, muscular, in profile sloping gracefully to set on of tail.
Thighs long, deep and muscular with well turned stifles and strong,
well let down hocks. From hock to ground, hindlegs well boned and
parallel when viewed from rear.
Oval in shape, pads deep, strong and sound, toes arched and close
together. Nails short and strong.
Moderately long, the bone reaching at least to hock, set on low, well
furnished and with an upward swirl towards the end, completing graceful
contour and balance of dog. Tail may be raised in excitement, never
carried over back.
Free, smooth and tireless, with minimum lift of feet, conveying
impression of ability to move with great stealth and speed.
Two varieties: 1) Moderately long. 2) Smooth. In both, topcoat dense
and medium textured, undercoat soft and dense giving good weather
resistance. In moderately long coated variety, abundant coat forms
mane, breeching and brush. On face, ears, forelegs (except for
feather), hindlegs from hock to ground, hair should be short and
Variety of colours permissable. White should never predominate.
Ideal height: Dogs 53cms (21ins); Bitches slightly less.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded be in exact
proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
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