The Scotch Collie ( Scottish Collie or Old Time Scotch Collie) is a landrace dog, a variant in appearance than regular standardized dogs. Initially, bred as herding dogs, these dogs recently became popular as pets. These Collies have a muscular body with a dolichocephalic head or a wedge-shaped head, a long and upright neck, a sloppy shoulder, an abyssal chest, a sharp hip area, and a steep croup.
1.Former US President Lyndon B Johnsson owned a Scotch Collie, named Blanco.
2.Jean, the famous Scotch Collie, was the first Scotch Collie to become a movie star.
3.This is a rare breed and needs immediate preservation plans. An organization named Old Time Scottish Collie Association (OTSC) is working hard to protect this unique breed.
4.The Scottish Collie, like any other Collie breed, does not live as long as the others.
Facts About Scotch Collie
|Breed Group||Mainly Herding dogs|
|Breed Type (variety)||Landrace dogs|
|Country of Origin||UK (Scotland, Wales, England)|
|Other Names||Farm Collie, Old Farm Collie, Scottish Collie|
|Size and Height||Medium, 19-24 inches|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||DRA, AKC, UKC|
|Shedding||Minimal to extreme|
|Litter Size||8-12 puppies|
|Colour||Is available in tricolor, black and white, blue, with sometimes patches and patches on the body|
|Life Expectancy||12-14 years|
|Coat||Short, long, rough, dense|
There is two type of Scotch Collies, depending on their coat density :
1.The rough coat variety.
2.The smooth coat variety.
Temperament & Personality
Scotch Collies or Scottish Collies are multi-purpose dogs, and while some people use them as hunting dogs, they were primarily bred as herding dogs. Nowadays they are mostly used as house pets. These dogs are excellent with small children, with other dogs and other non- canine animals. It is in their genes, to maintain order in the pack, and in this case, we the humans are its pack. The owner and the other humans must be higher up so that the dog, to have a healthy human-dog relationship.
Some owners report that their Collies are often seen nipping the heels of the recalcitrant children. Some Collies can also be a great digger and chewer, and interestingly with low snoring tendency. They have a high propensity to bark randomly at unfamiliar faces.
The Scotch Collies need a daily long walk or jogging in the dog park. They are not very much active like other Collie breeds, but instead are moderately active. The owner can also play games like frisbee, flyball, tug of war, kong stuffing, chasing bubbles, finding a hidden treat, playing with a digging box(if the dog loves digging, a game of hide and seek, which will prevent the dog from getting bored, as well as keep the dog happy and healthy.
A prolonged period of inactiveness can make the dog aggressive and disobedient. The owner can engage the young pups in games like lure coursing and small herding trials. The adults need twenty to forty minutes of daily activities.
The coat should be brushed every second week. One thing the owner should remember is that whenever the Scotch Collie gets matting, the excess mat should be cut off, as oppose to combing in standard cases. Bathing is only recommended when the dog gets dirty or muddy. Frequent bathing can disrupt the dog’s natural distribution of oils throughout the body.
A potential owner of this breed should buy one from a reputable owner, to reduce future health complications from the dog’s part. This breed is sensitive to the drug called the Ivermectin, so the owner should consult a Vet doctor in this context. Scotch Collies can suffer from health hazards such as Dermatomyositis, Collie Nose, Collie Eye Anomaly, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Nodular Granulomatous Episclerokeratitis, Canine Hip Dysplasia, and Allergies.
It all depends on the individual dog’s training, for this will decide if it becomes wary and aggressive towards other dogs in the future. To stop their excessive barking tendencies, the owner should engage the dog with soft toys and buster cubes filled with treats, when they start their barking episodes. Early socialization, obedience and crate training is crucial for this breed.
The Scotch breed should be given two to three cups of dry high-quality dog food on a daily basis. But the owner should remember that the food chart should be fixed with prior consultation with a Vet doctor.