Sumiko
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Sumiko asked in PetsDogs · 8 years ago

Rough vs smooth collies?

I'm talking about "Lassie" collies (Scotish collies). They're just called collies. I'm not talking about border collies. I've heard rumors that smooth collies in general are more high strung, entergetic and have greater hearding instincts then rough collies. To me, that doesn't make sense how a coat would effect the personality of the dog.

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    It is true.

    I did not believe it myself when I first got into Collies.

    However I have personally seen the difference.

    Smooths tend to have more energy then the Roughs and have a naughty side that

    the Roughs just do not have.

    The Roughs are more laid back.

    I have seen litters that have Smooths and Roughs in them and from the outset the Smooths always have more energy, are the first ones crawling out of the whelping box and the ones getting into mischief.

    I would not say they have more herding instinct- that is pretty much bred out of our breed- but a Smooth will just be more energetic when its herding then a Rough.

    Having spent substantial time around both, I not only prefer the looks of the Rough but the personality of the Rough. Yesterday I was working with two puppies from the same litter, one Rough one Smooth, and the Smooth was all

    over the place, the Rough wanted to sit and just take it all in.

    Source(s): Rough Collie Owner/Exhibitor
  • melito
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    3 years ago

    Smooth Collies

  • Alison
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Rough Collies are more chill. They do get high strung but show it differently and not as often.

    A Rough Collie owner will tell you that they are very loving smart, gently dogs which is true. I have not ever seen a smooth coated collie but sometimes how they are bred to make them the breed they are has a lot to do with the temperament.

    Border Collies are neurotic most of the time, more like "what are you going to do to me" reactions.

    Source(s): dog groomer
  • 8 years ago

    There is no difference in the temperament. The only difference is the length of the coat.

    Edit: I know a family that has several collies(rough and smooth) and there is no difference in their temperaments. They are working dogs and were amazing at herding the sheep and goats. They also have border collies that they raise and train for cattle herding.

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  • 8 years ago

    I think it depends on where you live.

    In the US, rough to smooth breeding is permitted as they are considered to be the same breed.

    However in some parts of the UK, roughs should only be bred to roughs and smooths to smooths.

    So the separation of the coat types can cause a differentiation between the two types.

  • 8 years ago

    no the difference is the rough was a herder and the smooth was a drover. the energy is each dog not really the breed. if you don't want to do a ton of grooming go with the smooth you would also be helping a rare breed come back a little

  • 8 years ago

    i would imagine it would be effected i mean have you ever watched the siberian fox experiment? they bred for personality JUST personality and they started getting foxes with curly tails, floppy ears and different coats. all because of the chemical path ways that are connected to what effects the levels of aggression. the foxes that were bred for aggression remained virtually unchanged.

    coat type could effect or be connected to drive i have no personal experience with that breed. i do know that in my breed true long spanish wires have a longer reach in gaiting than smooth americans.

    the wires also have a different temperament generally than smooths. alot of "wire" members of my breed in the USA are actually broke coat.

    here is a breeders take on the difference in the temperaments of wire vs smooth:

    http://www.ahrambisibizanhounds.com/wireorsmoothor...

    she is completely correct as i have met all three types in the ring

    siberian fox xperiment:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/807641/post...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbcwDXhugjw

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  • 8 years ago

    I'd personally go with Rough Collies only because of my experience with them. Very kind, gentle and friendly dog, and not to mention obedient!

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Lots of information, including temperament, and pictures about these dogs here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rough_Collie

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smooth_collie

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