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Collie Trivia

The original "Lassie" was tri colored, not sable.

Collies come in two coats: rough and smooth.  There can be both rough and smooth collies in the same litter.

The smooth was not bred for warmer climate but for areas with a lot of low brush and brambles.

Collies generally weigh 6.8-12 oz. at birth and will grow to 11-14 lbs by the time they are 8 weeks of age.

Collies come in 4 basic colors: sable, tri (black with tan and white markings and a brown dot over each eye), blue, and white (which will have a sable, tri, or blue head).

The Collie Club of America, one of the oldest breed clubs, was formed in 1886, just two years after the American Kennel Club.

There are many theories about the origin of the name Collie. The most popular are:
          They herded Scottish black faced sheep known as Colley sheep.
          The original Collies were all black and the Anglo-Saxon word for black is Coll so these were Collie dogs.

Since the original Lassie film star in 1943, there have been eight official Lassies

Lassie was always played by a male because males are larger and have more coat.

The original rough collie color was all black

Blue Merle Collies were originally called Tortoise Shell because of the marbled color

Texas A&M University has had a Rough Collie named Reveille as a mascot for it's football team since 1966. As of 2008, there have been eight Reveille's.

Colleen was the name of a female Rough Collie in the animated series Road Rovers from 1996

Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon (played by Mel Gibson) has a Collie named Sam that has appeared in all of the Lethal Weapon movies.

President Calvin Coolidge had four collies: Boston Beans, Rob Roy, Prudence Prim, and Bessie

President Lynden B. Johnson owned a White Rough Collie named Blanco

President Herbert Hoover owned a Scotch Collie named Glen

Collies have been used as sentry, messenger and ambulance dogs for the military around the world since 1904.