You may have seen your fair share of Smooth Collies on TV. Collie dogs are most recognised for their lush and abundant coats, the Smooth Collie being the short-coated version. They are intelligent, dignified, sweet, and expressive with a friendly disposition toward their family and strangers alike. Smooth Collies are not nervous or aggressive dogs, their actions often appearing to be smooth and effortless. Compared to Rough Collies, Smooth Collies are more energetic, more athletic, more outgoing, and retain more working instincts. Devoted to protecting their families, they are playful yet gentle with children, and one of the most sweet dogs you’ll ever meet.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Some barking is normal for Collies since they are traditionally a herding breed. Excessive barking can be prevented by letting them participate in all family activities or, of course, training. Don't fret however, training a Collie is a breeze, and developing a "quiet" command should be enough to curb excessive barking over time. They are very sensitive so be sure to train them in a positive manner. Like all dogs they require early socialisation to prevent them from becoming timid. Surprisingly, Collies do not demand too much exercise. It is advised that you let them run free in the backyard for at least 30 minutes every day. The Smooth variety has short coats that should be brushed once a week and bathed every two weeks in the warmer months and once a month in the colder months.
Common Health Issues
Smooth Collies are prone to: Dermatomyositis, Collie Nose, Collie Eye Anomaly, Progressive Retinal atrophy, Nodular Granulomatous Episclerokeratitis, Hip Dysplasia, Allergies, Drug Sensitivity.