Rough Collies were first exhibited in 1860 at the Birmingham, England dog show, in the generic class "Scotch Sheep-Dogs".
In 1879 the first English Rough Collie was imported to this country.
The word "Collie" is as obscure as the breed itself.
The name has been spelled many different ways: Coll, Colley, Coally and Coaly.
Generally, the most accepted origin of the word is "Coll" - the Anglo-Saxon word for "black".
They are similar to a Shetland Sheepdog's, but larger.This breed resembles a bigger version of the Shetland Sheepdog.The Scottish variety was a large, strong, aggressive dog, bred to herd highland sheep.There is also a smooth-coated variety; some breed organisations, including both the American and the Canadian Kennel Clubs, consider the smooth-coat and rough-coat dogs to be variations of the same breed.Rough Collies generally come in shades of sable, merles, and tri-coloured.