Rough Collie Grooming

Rough Collie Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 27 – 34kg (60 – 75lbs).
Female – 23 – 30kg (51 – 66lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 56 – 61cm (22 – 24in).
Female – 51 – 56cm (20 – 22in).

Coat:
Double coat – harsh, straight outer coat and soft, close under coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 16 years.

Average Litter Size:
4 – 6 puppies.

Rough Collie Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
The process of Rough Collie grooming is a very important task due to the long beautiful hair and bushy tail that is characteristic of the breed. These dogs have a double coat, which means that there is a thick undercoat with an outer coat of longer, thinner hair. The secret lies in daily brushing to remove the dead hair, especially during the shedding season. A full grooming should be administered every six to eight weeks to achieve the best results in Rough Collie grooming all year round.

The first step in Rough Collie grooming is a good brushing. Spray the hair with a coat conditioner first, otherwise the hair may break during brushing. Part the hair down the middle while brushing outwards. A pin brush may be used if there is no shedding or matting. While the dog is shedding, or if the hair has become matted, a slicker brush and comb may be used. Carefully cut out mats, usually found behind the ears, the underbelly and the frills, which is the hair on the chest and front leg area. Use a small pair of scissors to trim the hair around the footpad. Nails should be trimmed every one to two weeks for optimum Rough Collie grooming, but this can be done professionally if you do not wish to do it at home.

A full Rough Collie grooming must begin with a brushing to remove mats and dead hair, and then bathing can occur. If the excess hair is not first removed, it will become matted. Tools needed include a pin brush, slicker brush, comb and scissors. Then run a bath with cool water and use dog shampoo, while making sure to rinse out all of the shampoo from the dog’s coat. After the bath, use a cool air dryer to completely dry the dog. This is a very important step in Rough Collie grooming as it will allow the coat to look its best.

The majority of Rough Collie grooming only requires a full bath about once a month. Too much bathing can dry out the natural oils that moisturise the skin and coat, making them dry and brittle. After a day of romping and rolling about in dirt and debris in the garden, an occasional bathing is necessary to minimise odour and maintain that healthy, glamorous look to Rough Collie grooming but most of the time this breed will survive without baths for weeks.

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