SMOOTH COLLIE STANDARD, FCI n. 296:
General appearance: appears as gifted with intelligence, alertness and
activity. Stands with dignity governed by perfect anatomical formation, with no
part out of proportion, giving appearance of working capability
Characteristics: physical structure on lines of strength and activity, free
from cloddiness and with no trace of coarseness. Expression most important. In
considering relative values, it is obtained by perfect balance and combination
of skull and foreface, size and shape, colour and placement of eye, correct
position and carriage of ears.
Temperament: gay and friendly, never nervous or aggressive.
Head & skull: head properties of great importance, must be considered in
proportion to size of dog. Viewed from front or side, head resembles a well
blunted, clean wedge, being smooth in outline. Skull flat. Sides taper gradually
and smoothly from ears to end of black nose, without prominent cheek bones or
pinched muzzle. Viewed in profile, top of skull and top of muzzle lie in two
parallel straight lines of equal length divided by a slight, but perceptible
"stop" or break. A mid-point between inside corner of eyes (which is centre of a
correctly-placed "stop") is centre of balance in length of head. End of smooth
well-rounded muzzle blunt, never square. Underjaw strong, clean cut. Depth of
skull from brow to underpart of jaw, never excessive (deep trough). Nose always
Eyes: very important feature, giving sweet expression. Medium size (never
very small), set somewhat obliquely of almond shape and dark brown colour except
in case of blue merles when eyes are frequently (one or both, or part of one or
both) blue or blueflecked. Expression full of intelligence, with quick, alert
look when listening.
Ears: moderately large, wider at base, and placed not too close together nor
too much on side of head. When in repose carried thrown back, but on alert
brought forward and carried semi-erect, that is, with approximately two-thirds
of ear standing erect, top third tipping forward naturally, below horizontal
Mouth: teeth of good size. Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to
Neck: muscular powerful, of fair length; well arched
Forequarters: shoulders sloping and well angulated. Forelegs straight and
muscular, neither in nor out at elbows, with a moderate amount of bone. Forearm
somewhat fleshy, pasterns showing flexibility without weakness
Body: slightly long compared with height, back level and firm with slight
rise over loins; ribs well sprung; chest deep and fairly broad behind shoulders.
Hindquarters: hind legs muscular at thighs, clean sinewy below, with
well-bent stifles. Hocks well let-down and powerful.
Feet: oval soles well padded. Toes arched and close together Hind feet
slightly less arched.
Tail: long with bone reaching at least to hock joint. To be carried low when
quiet but with slight upward swirl at tip. May be carried gaily when excited,
but never over back.
Gait/movement: distinctly characteristic of this breed. A sound dog is never
out at elbow, yet moves with front feet comparatively close together plaiting,
crossing or rolling are highly undesirable. Hind legs, from hock joint to ground,
when viewed from rear, parallel. Hind legs powerful and full of drive. Viewed
from side, action is smooth. A reasonably long stride is desirable and should he
light and appear quite effortless.
Coat: short, flat, top coat of harsh texture, with very dense undercoat. Not
trimmed or clipped.
Colour: three recognized colours: Sable and White, Tricolour and Blue Merle.
Sable: any shade from light gold to rich mahogany or shaded sable. Light straw
or cream colour is highly undesirable. Tricolour: predominantly black with rich
tan markings about the legs and head. A rusty tinge in top coat is highly
undesirable. Blue Merle: predominantly clear, silvery blue, splashed and marbled
with black. Rich tan markings preferred but absence should not be penalised.
Large black markings, slate colour or rusty tinge top or undercoat are highly
undesirable. White markings: all above may carry typical white collie markings
to a greater or lesser degree. Following markings are favourable; white collar
full or part; white front, legs and feet; white tail tip. A blaze may be carried
on muzzle or skull or both. All white or predominantly white is most undesirable.
Size: dogs: 56-61 cm (22-24 inches) at shoulder Bitches: 51-56 cm (20-22
inches) at shoulder. Weight: dogs: 20,5-29,5 kg (45-65 lbs); bitches:
18,0-25,0kg (40-45 lbs).
Faults: any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact
proportion to its degree.
Note: male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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