. The Rough Collie stands up to 26 inches at the shoulder. He is believed to have inherited his long coat and noble face from Borzoi ancestors. His straight, harsh, double coat comes in several color varieties. He may be white, sable and white, blue merle and white, sable merle and white, or tri-colored. While his coat sheds dirt fairly easily, he requires regular grooming. The Collie is subject to seasonal shedding. A hard working, loyal, obedient, and responsive nature makes the Rough Collie an excellent family pet. He is very attached to people and needs the companionship of family life. He gets along beautifully with children and is usually fine with other pets. He is naturally protective and will make a good watchdog. The Rough Collie is Intelligent and quick to learn. He is easily trained and becomes housebroken fairly quickly. Early obedience training is best. The Rough Collie will respond to his owner's tone of voice. Heavy-handed training techniques are not necessary. A hard worker, the Collie needs daily outdoor activity including free exercise. He does best in an environment where he has access to a large fenced yard.