The Rough Collie is a beautiful and elegant dog boasting of a long luxurious coat. This medium breed has an average size of 50 to 70 pounds and 51 to 66 centimetres at the withers. Its body is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a well-chiselled and wedge-shaped head that is well proportioned to its body, a flat skull, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, and small ears. It has almond-shaped dark brown eyes with an intelligent, kind and thoughtful expression. Merle-coated dogs have blue or blue-flecked eyes, which can be one or both.
The Rough Collie has an abundant and lush double coat composed of a straight harsh outer coat and a soft, furry and thick undercoat. Hair around its neck is thick, forming a unique mane. The accepted colours according to KC standards are blue merle, sable & white and tricolour.
The Rough Collie has high maintenance grooming needs and would require professional grooming at least two or three times a year so its coat is manageable at home. In between visits, daily brushing is necessary because it sheds heavily all year round, more so during shedding seasons (spring and autumn). Aside from coat care, make sure that its teeth are brushed twice a week, ears cleaned to remove wax build-up and nails trimmed regularly.