The Rough Collie Appears as a dog of beauty, standing with impassive dignity, with no part out of proportion to whole. Physical structure on lines of strengh and activity, free form cloddiness and with no trace of coarseness. Expression is most important. In considering relative values it is obtained by perfect balance and combinaion of full skull and foreface, size, shape, colour and placement of eyes, correct position and carriage of ears.
Friendly disposition with no trace of nervousness or agressiveness. A great companion dog, friendly, happy and active, good with children and other dogs.
The head propeties 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. Sides taper gradually and smoothly from ears to end of black nose. Viewed in profile, top of skull and top of muzzle lie in two parallel straigh lines of equal length divided by the stop. A mid point between inside corner of eyes (which is the center of a correctly placed stop) is centre of balance in lengh of head. Deph of skull from brow to underpart of jaw never excesive (deep through)
Skull: Flat Stop: Slight, but perceptible.
Nose: Always black Muzzle: End of smooth, well rounded muzzle blunt, never square. Not pinched. Jaws/teeth: Jaws strong, under-jaw clean cut. Tetth of good size. A perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper tethh closely overlapping lower teth and set square to the jaws. Cheeks: Cheekbones not prominent.
Eyes: Very important feature giving sweet expressión. Medium size (never very small) set somewhat obliquely, of almond shape and dark brown colour, except in the case of blue merles when eyes are frequently (one or both, or part of one or both) blue or blue-flecked. Expresion full of intelligence with quick, alert look when listening.
Ears: Small, not to close toghether on top of skull, nor too far apart. In repose carried throw back, but on alert brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is, with aproximately two-third of ears standing erect, top third tipping forward naturally, bellow horizaontal.
Muscular, Powerful, of fair lenght, well arched.
Sightly long compared with height. Back firm. Loin Slight rise. Chest deep, fairly broad behind shoulders; ribs well sprung.
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.
Shoulders: Sloping an well angulated. Elbow: Neighterturned in nor out. Forearm: Forelegs straight and muscular, with moderate amount of round bone. Forefeet: Oval; soles well padded. Toes arched and close together.
Thigh: Muscular. Stifle (Knee): Well bent. Lower thigh: Clean and sinewy. Hock joint: Well let down and powerfull. Hind feet: Oval, soles well padded, toes arched and close together. Slightly less arched than forefeet.
Distincly 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 is highly undesirable. Hind legs from hock joint to ground when viewed from near to be parallel but not too close; when viewed from side, action is smooth. Hind legs powerful with plenty of drive. A resonable long stride is desirable and should be ligh and appear effortless. Absolute soundness essential.
The hair 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, hind legs above hocks profusely feathered, but smooth below hock joint. Hair on tail very profuse.
SABLE: Their colors vary from light sand to a mahogany dark fawn. Sand samples can be:
Clear sand (Golden): They do not have a tricolor factor, the golden color is dominant, all their offspring will be sand
Dark sand: It has the tricolor gene together with the dominant golden gene, usually they are dark.
TRICOLOUR: It is the ancestral color, recessive to golden. Dominates the black with cinamon marks on the sides of the snout, above the eyes and inside the legs, with the classic white color on the neck, legs ant tip of the tail.
BLUE MERLE:A dominant dilution gene, in combination with tricolour genes, produces blue merle collies. It is a bluish gray color with black spots, with the same cinnamon tricolor markings. It is not advisabke to cross two blue merle, the descentants can inherit the dominant gene of dilution, and some puppies can born almost or totally white and without defenses. The hearing and sight are several affected.
Height at the withers: Males between 56 y 61cm, Females between 51-56cm