Though known to have proven extremely helpful herding flocks in Scotland and England, the exact origin of the Rough Collie is unknown and subject to great debate. They gained popularity as more than a working dog in the 1860s when Queen Victoria acquired one, making the Collie a fashionable breed to own. Here in the United States, the Collie Club of America was formed in honor of the Collie in 1886 and the breed has enjoyed relative popularity since.
One of television’s favorite canine subjects, Lassie, is a Rough Collie. Lassie typifies the breed with his thick, full coat and long, thin face. Dust bunnies from their long-haired coat will turn up all over the house, especially when shedding season arrives, and they do require frequent grooming. Collies need physical exercise daily to keep them fit, as well as mental stimulation to keep this intelligent breed from getting into trouble. When well trained, Collies are generally good with children and other dogs.
While Rough Collies are perhaps best known for their star quality thanks to Lassie, this popular breed is also famously known for being predisposed to Collie eye anomaly and hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Rough Collies are prone to include eye diseases such as Collie eye anomaly, cataracts and retinal dysplasia; skin conditions such as dermatomyositis; neurological diseases such as cerebellar abiotrophy; and hearing problems such as deafness (especially in merle coat Collies).
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your crowd-pleasing Rough Collie inherits more than just a face for the camera, your budget will be be protected.