The Collie originated first appeared along the border areas of Northern England and Scotland and is thought to have been introduced by the Roman invaders many years ago. The origin of the name "Collie" is said to be derived from the word "coally", as earlier Collies were predominantly black and white. Another theory suggests they were named after the black-faced 'Collie' sheep that were guarded by these loyal dogs. There are two types of Collies; the Rough Collie and the Smooth Collie – each named after their style of coat.


Up to 14 years of age.


Collies are extremely intelligent animals that genuinely enjoy human company. They are relatively easy to train and are blessed with an energetic, bouncy spirit. However, these dogs do enjoy being 'where' the action is and their enthusiasm for life can quickly turn to dejection if left alone in the back yard for too long! They are also naturally clean and make extremely good companions for children.


Being a friendly dog, the Collie enjoys the company of other animals. However, it does possess a natural herding instinct that can compel it to 'round up' the other animals in the home from time to time.


Whether it’s the Rough with its long, glamorous coat or the Smooth with its short, dense coat, all Collies need a good brushing at least once a week to keep them looking good and in top condition. Exercise is essential and they will thrive on a brisk walk or run. They are extremely smart and willing workers with a natural flair for tracking and herding. However, this talent is not always limited to animals so extra care should be taken during walks to ensure it doesn’t attempt to ‘round up’ the traffic.


With an abundance of intelligence, friendliness and an inherent desire to please, Collies make terrific lifelong companions for all types of people and their situations. Like most dogs, the Collie thrives on lots of love and affection from its owner. Their gentle nature makes them an ideal pet for most homes and situations – especially when given ample exercise and space to move.


If you have decided that Collie is the pet for you and you want more information, contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)