COLLIE (SMOOTH)

 I don't feel that there is any need to write a separate history or full standard of the Smooth Collie for the purpose of this lecture. The old standard stated that ‘the Smooth Collie differs only from the Rough in its coat, which should be hard, dense and quite smooth'. Milo Denlinger in his interpretation, The Complete Collie, 1952 edition, writes 'the coat should be hard, dense, smooth and flat-lying, and it must carry a soft, pily undercoat'.
    
The history of the Smooth for show dogs is virtually the same as the Rough Collie; its history prior to that only necessary for breeders wishing to specialise in the Smooth Collie. Suffice to say that it was not until 1895 that a volume of the Stud Book permanently separated the breed into Collie (Rough) and Collie (Smooth).
    
I feel it is unfortunate, for candidates doing the Judge's Training Scheme, that whoever was responsible for drawing up the Collie (Smooth) standard and the Collie (Rough) standard, have decided to differ in the wording of some points which the old standard stated, apart from coat, were the same. To try and make it easier for students to memorise, I'll include only the sections where the Smooth standard's description has varied from the Rough standard. My interpretation of the Rough standard should suffice for both.
I have either underlined or bolded the difference if only some of the wording has changed. Where there have been major changes in the wording, I have written in normal print.

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GENERAL APPEARANCE: Appears as gifted with intelligence, alertness and activity. Stands with dignity governed by perfect anatomical formation, with no part out of proportion, giving appearance of working capability.

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TEMPERAMENT: Gay and friendly, never nervous nor aggressive.

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HEAD AND SKULL: See Rough.
EYES: See Rough.

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EARS: Moderately large, wider at base, and placed not too close together nor too much on side of head. When 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.

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     The new standard has said the ears of the smooth Collie should be 'moderately large'. The Rough Collie standard calls for 'small' ears. I wrote fully on the Interpretation of the ears in the Rough Standard. However, the following paragraph is of interest.
   
  'It is to be noted that the ears of the Rough Collie are so set off by the top of the ruff that they appear smaller than they really are. In the Smooth Collie, an ear actually no larger appears larger.' The Complete Collie, Denlinger, pg.150.

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MOUTH: See Rough.
NECK: See Rough.

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FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders sloping and well angulated. Forelegs straight and muscular, neither in nor out of elbows, with a moderate amount of bone. Forearm somewhat fleshy, pasterns showing flexibility without weakness.

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BODY: Slightly long compared with height, back level and firm with a slight rise over loin; ribs well sprung; chest deep and fairly broad behind shoulders.

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HINDQUARTERS: See Rough.
FEET: See Rough.
TAIL: See Rough.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: See Rough.

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COAT: Short, flat, top coat of harsh texture, with very dense undercoat. Not trimmed or clipped.

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COLOUR: Colour is the same as in the Rough except where under ‘White Markings’ the fault 'all white or predominantly white is included.'

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SIZE:

HEIGHT
Dogs: 56-61cm (22-24ins) at shoulder.
Bitches: 51-56cm (20-22ins) at shoulder.

WEIGHT:
Dogs: 20.5-29.5kg.(45-65lbs);
Bitches: 18.0-25.0kg.(40-55lbs.)

COLLIE SMOOTH
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