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Collie Langhaar

The Collie Rough is instantly recognised as being the breed that was used in the Lassie films. The breed is a great all-rounder and makes a good working dog as well as a family pet and a loyal friend. Because of its gentle nature, the Collie Rough is often used as a guide dog for the blind.

Origins

The Collie Rough originated in Scotland and was primarily a working dog for several centuries. The early Collie Roughs were smaller and head broader heads than can be seen today and were used to herd cows and sheep as well as for water rescue. It is believed that the breed was named after a type of black faced sheep called a Colley. The Collie was mixed with the Borzoi in the 1800s and working dogs became separated from dogs that were breed as pets. The breed became popular as a pet in 1860 when Queen Victoria kept a number of Collies at Balmoral Castle. The first Collie was presented at a dog show in the same year and the Collie Rough was recognised by the American Kennel Club...

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