- The most famous Collie was Lassie, played by Pal, a male dog of the breed.
- Collies have two coat types – rough and smooth.
- Although they have high energy, it is easily managed with daily exercise and games like fetch and frisbee.
Welcome to the Collie Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most famous Hollywood dogs! Collies are known for their endless supply of energy, extreme intellect, loyalty and affection toward their families.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Collies if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you simply want to learn more about these intelligent animals!
History Of The Collie
The collie is said to have started in the Highlands of Northern Scotland, as a shepherd’s dog and while the exact origin is unknown, it is thought that they originated around 500 BCE, when they came with the Romans to what is now the United Kingdom. They were not recognized as a distinct breed until the 18th century. There are 2 different types of collie dogs:
Both of these types are the same breed but with very different coat types. The rough collie has the traditional look with long, flowing locks while the smooth collie simply has short hair. Both types still shed and need to be groomed to maintain their coats.
Interesting Collie Facts
The collie has been written about throughout history – from Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales to Eric Knight’s 1938 short story Lassie Come Home which was then expanded into novel length and years later adapted to the big screen starring Pal, a male Collie, Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowell, where it became a movie classic. There are many fascinating things to learn about this highly intelligent breed so read on to find out more!
- Collies and border collies are not the same breed.
- Smooth collies were bred to help with animals in markets and didn’t need the extra coats to protect them like the rough collies.
- The standard rough coat sheds heavily twice per year in what is called a coat blow.
- The American Kennel Club recognized 4 coat colors – white, tri-color (white, brown, and black), sable and white (brown and white), and blue merle (mottled blue-grey, black, and white).
- Beatrix Potter had a Collie named Kep that she wrote about in the book The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.