Rough Collie

The Rough Collie is a striking dog, with a long, plush, heavy coat. It was originally bred for herding livestock and belongs to the pastoral group of dogs.

Rough Collie breed group


Size of the Rough Collie

Medium to large

Country of origin

Scotland, Great Britain

Time of original development


The Rough Collie through history

The Rough Collie was originally bred to herd sheep, its thick coat offering protection from the harsh conditions in the highlands of Scotland. Today, the Rough Collie is kept as a companion pet.

Rough Collie temperament

The Rough Collie is sociable, energetic, eager and friendly dog. It generally makes a good family dog and enjoys company and activity. It normally loves children and other dogs. As with all dogs, care should be taken around other smaller pets in the family home.

Rough Collies can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods.

Colour varieties of the Rough Collie

The breed comes in 3 colours which include:

  • Blue Merle
  • Sable & White
  • Tricolour

Size and weight of the Rough Collie

Height bitch 51-56cms

Height dog 56-61cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 15.8-29kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-34kgs

Exercise requirements of the Rough Collie

The Rough Collie requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily, off the lead. It can live in a town, and even adapt to living in an apartment if it receives the physical and mental stimulation it requires.

Is the Rough Collie a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Rough Collie is intelligent, quick to learn, and enjoys learning and new challenges. It is keen to learn and eager to please, but new owners should consider the daily grooming requirements before considering this beautiful breed.

Rough Collie coat length


Grooming requirements of the Rough Collie

High. The thick double coat needs daily grooming to keep tangle free and in good condition. The coat needs to checked and brushed with a soft slicker brush after walks to remove seeds, twigs and mud.

Your Rough Collie may require 2-3 visits per year to a professional dog groomer.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds, so an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Rough Collie

The Rough Collie is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded inthe breed and consult their breeder:

  • Collie Eye Anomaly - CEO
  • Hip Dysplasia

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Rough Collie

A healthy Rough Collie should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 14-16 years.

Approximate Rough Collie pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay between £700-£850 for a pedigree Rough Collie puppy. Litters are fairly common, but you may have to be prepared to wait. 746 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 2-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Rough Collie would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch is around £7.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 30kgs dog is around £9.00

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the pastoral group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment