Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Collie Smooth

Collie (Smooth)


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.06.1987.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Sheepdog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 1Sheepdogs and Cattledogs
Section 1Sheepdogs
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Appears as gifted with intelligence, alertness and activity. Stands with dignity governed by perfect anatomical formation, with no part out of proportion, giving appearance of working capability. Physical structure on lines of strength and activity, free from cloddiness and with no trace of coarseness. Expression most important. In considering relative values, it is obtained by perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface, size and shape, colour and placement of eye, correct position and carriage of ears.
KC
Appears as gifted with intelligence, alertness and activity. Stands with dignity governed by perfect anatomical formation, with no part out of proportion, giving appearance of working capability.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

Viewed in profile, top of skull and top of muzzle lie in two parallel, straight lines of equal length divided by a slight, but perceptible stop or break.
Body slightly long compared with height.
KC
Physical structure on lines of strength and activity, free from cloddiness and with no trace of coarseness. Expression, most important. In considering relative values, it is obtained by perfect balance and combination of skull and foreface, size and shape, colour and placement of eye, correct position and carriage of ears.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Gay and friendly, never nervous nor aggressive.
KC
Gay and friendly, never nervous nor aggressive.

HEAD

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FCI
Head properties of great importance, must be considered in proportion to size of dog. Viewed from front or side, head resembles a well-blunted, clean wedge, being smooth in outline.
A mid-point between inside corners of eyes (which is centre of a correctly placed stop) is centre of balance in length of head.
KC
Head properties of great importance, must be considered in proportion to size of dog. Viewed from front or side, head resembles a well-blunted, clean wedge, being smooth in outline. Skull flat. Sides taper gradually and smoothly from ears to end of black nose, without prominent cheek bones or pinched muzzle. Viewed in profile, top of skull and top of muzzle lie in two parallel straight lines of equal length divided by a slight, but perceptible stop or break. A mid-point between inside corner of eyes (which is centre of a correctly-placed stop) is centre of balance in length of head. End of smooth, well rounded muzzle blunt, never square. Under-jaw strong, clean-cut. Depth of skull from brow to underpart of jaw never excessive (deep through). Nose always black.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat. Sides taper gradually and smoothly from ears to end of nose. Depth of skull from brow to underpart of jaw never excessive (deep through).

Stop

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FCI
Slight, but perceptible. The mid-point between inside corner of eyes is centre of a correctly-placed stop or break.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Always black.

Muzzle

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FCI
End of smooth, well rounded muzzle blunt, never square. Muzzle not pinched.
KC
Teeth of good size, jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth of good size. Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Underjaw strong, clean cut.

Cheeks

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FCI
Cheek bones not prominent.

Eyes

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FCI
Very important feature, giving sweet expression. Medium size ( never very small), set somewhat obliquely, of almond-shape and dark brown colour, except in case of Blue Merles, when eyes are frequently ( one or both, or part of one or both) blue or blue-flecked. Expression full of intelligence, with quick, alert look when listening.
KC
Very important feature, giving sweet expression. Medium size (never very small), set somewhat obliquely, of almond-shape and dark brown colour, except in case of blue merles when eyes are frequently (one or both, or part of one or both) blue or blue-flecked. Expression full of intelligence, with quick, alert look when listening.

Ears

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FCI
Moderately large, wider at base, and placed not too close together nor too much on side of head. When in repose carried thrown back, but on alert brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is, with approximately two-thirds of ear standing erect, top third tipping forward naturally, below horizontal..
KC
Moderately large, wider at base, and placed not too close together nor too much on side of head. When in repose carried thrown back, but on alert brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is, with approximately two-thirds of ear standing erect, top third tipping forward naturally, below horizontal.

NECK

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FCI
Muscular, powerful, of fair length, well arched.
KC
Muscular, powerful, of fair length; well arched.

BODY

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KC
Slightly long compared with height, back level and firm with slight rise over loins; ribs well sprung; chest deep and fairly broad behind shoulders.

Back

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FCI
Level and firm.

Loin

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FCI
With slight rise.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and fairly broad behind shoulders. Ribs well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Long with bone reaching at least to hock joint. To be carried low when quiet but with a slight upward swirl at tip. May be carried gaily when excited, but never over back.
KC
Long with bone reaching at least to hock joint. To be carried low when quiet but with a slight upward swirl at tip. May be carried gaily when excited, but never over back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight and muscular, with a moderate amount of bone.
KC
Shoulders sloping and well angulated. Forelegs straight and muscular, neither in nor out at elbows, with a moderate amount of bone. Forearm somewhat fleshy, pasterns showing flexibility without weakness.

Shoulder

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FCI
Sloping and well angulated.

Elbow

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FCI
Turned neither in nor out.

Forearm

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FCI
Somewhat fleshy.

Pastern

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FCI
Showing flexibility without weakness.

FEET

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KC
Oval soles well padded. Toes arched and close together. Hindfeet slightly less arched.

Forefeet

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FCI
Forefeet Oval soles well padded. Toes arched and close together.

Hind feet

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FCI
Oval soles well padded. Toes arched and close together. Hindfeet slightly less arched.

HINDQUARTERS

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KC
Hindlegs muscular at thighs, clean and sinewy below, with well bent stifles. Hocks well let down and powerful.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular. Hindlegs clean and sinewy below thighs.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Well let down and powerful.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Distinctly characteristic of this breed. A sound dog is never out at elbow, yet moves with front feet comparatively close together. Plaiting, crossing or rolling are hightly undesirable. Hindlegs, from hock joint to ground, when viewed from rear, parallel. Hindlegs powerful and full of drive. Viewed from side, action is smooth. A reasonably long stride is desirable and should be light and appear quite effortless.
KC
Distinctly characteristic of this breed. A sound dog is never out at elbow, yet moves with front feet comparatively close together. Plaiting crossing or rolling are highly undesirable. Hindlegs, from hock joint to ground, when viewed from rear, parallel. Hindlegs powerful and full of drive. Viewed from side, action is smooth. A reasonably long stride is desirable and should be light and appear quite effortless. Absolute soundness is essential.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, flat, top coat of harsh texture, with very dense undercoat. Not trimmed or clipped.
KC
Short, flat, topcoat of harsh texture, with very dense undercoat. Not trimmed or clipped.

COLOUR

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FCI

Three recognized colours Sable and white, Tricolour and Blue Merle.
Sable: Any shade of light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable. Light straw or cream colour highly undesirable.
Tricolour: Predominantly black with rich tan markings about legs and head. A rusty tinge in top coat highly undesirable.
Blue Merle: Predominantly clear, silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich tan markings preferred, but absence should not be penalised. Large black markings, slate colour, or rusty tinge in top or undercoat are highly undesirable.
All colours above may carry typical white Collie markings to a greater or lesser degree. Following markings are favourable white collar, full or part ; white front, legs and feet ; white tail tip. A blaze may be carried on muzzle or skull, or both. All white or predominantly white is most undesirable.
KC
Three recognised colours: Sable and white, Tricolour and Blue Merle. Sable: any shade from light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable. Light straw or cream colour is highly undesirable. Tricolour: predominantly black with rich tan markings about the legs and head. A rusty tinge in top coat is highly undesirable. Blue Merle: predominantly clear, silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich tan markings preferred but absence should not be penalised. Large black markings, slate colour or rusty tinge top or undercoat are highly undesirable. All may carry typical white collie markings to a greater or lesser degree. Following markings are favourable: white collar full or part; white front, legs and feet; white tail tip. A blaze may be carried on muzzle or skull, or both. All white or predominantly white is most undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 56-61 cms (22-24 ins) at shoulder; bitches: 51-56 cms (20-22 ins) at shoulder. Weight: dogs: 20.5-29.5 kgs (45-65 lbs); bitches: 18-25 kgs (40-55 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 56-61 cm
Females 51-56 cm

Weight

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FCI

Weight Males 20,5-29,5 kg
Females 18,0-25,0 kg

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.