In 1950 the Kennel Club took over the responsibility for all Breed Standards, re-
This ‘Breed Standard’, published in 1911, dropped the Scale of Points, the reason being that the Standard should encourage the judging of the whole dog rather than specific aspects. It also introduced a rudimentary colour clause.
Every Kennel Club registered breed has a Breed Standard, the ‘blueprint’ which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Collies, whether Rough or Smooth-
of nervousness or aggression.
The Collie Club was one of the first breed clubs to publish a ‘Breed Standard’ in 1881. This included a scale of points for each feature of the Collie to assist judges in evaluating the dogs in the show ring.
By 1910 several more Collie Clubs had been founded and each published its own variation on the ‘Breed Standard’. The situation became untenable and so the Kennel Club advised the Breed Clubs and principal Kennels to convene a meeting and agree to a single Breed Standard for Collies of either coat.
With the formation of the Rough Collie Breed Council in 1966, Chairman Clare Molony was in a position to agitate for a change in the Breed Standard that would incorporate a detailed colour clause, and after two years the Council was successful and the results were published in 1968.
This Standard included a detailed list of faults (see panel to the right) which some countries, including Australia, still adhere to.
In 1973 the Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain was issued with a proposed separate Breed Standard for Smooth Collies. This was approved in January 1974 and thereafter Collies were registered as either Collie (Rough) or Collie (Smooth).
This same year, Isobel Griffiths, on behalf of the SCC of GB, submitted a report
to the Kennel Club regarding the inter-
The progeny of Collies (Rough) and Collies (Smooth) have therefore not been eligible for Kennel Club registration since 1994.
In 1988 all Breed Standards were unified by the Kennel Club and the list of faults removed as it was believed they encouraged ‘fault judging’. Unfortunately they inadvertently removed all reference to the working capabilities of Rough Collies.
In April 2012, following a request by the Rough Collie Breed Council, the Kennel
Club made a small amendment to the Collie (Rough) Standard so currently, under the
Although the Breed Standard has been revised several times since its inception, nothing has been included that should give rise for concern in terms of exaggeration of type.
Length of head out of
proportion to body
Weak, snipey muzzle
Undershot or overshot
Round or light coloured eyes
Body flat sided or cobby
Straight shoulder or stifle
Out at elbow
Cow hocks or straight hocks
Large, open or hare feet
Feet turned in or out
Long, weak pasterns
Tail short, kinked or twisted to one side or carried over the back
Soft, wavy coat
Prick or low set ears
Currently only three coat colours are acceptable in Rough & Smooth Collies -
Sable & white