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RAINBOW COLLIES

This page is lovingly dedicated to Pennylane's Superior Blueprint who was taken from his family too early in life. Pete will be missed by all.

I put together a colors site. I thought this would interest people.

This part of my site introduces the lengths and coats of the Collie.

There are a couple pictures to show you examples of each coat and color color.

Enjoy your stay at Rainbow Collies and please come again soon!

COLLIE COATS

There are two Collie Coats. The rough coat is the long coat that is so familiar to anyone who has ever seen "Lassie" or "Lad of Sunnybank". The American Kennel Club describes the rough coat as "the crowning glory of the rough variety of Collie". The outer coat of the rough Collie, is straight and harsh to the touch. The undercoat, is soft and furry. The coat is very abundant on the mane or "ruff". The face is smooth. The forelegs are smooth and well feathered to the back of the pasterns. The hind legs are smooth below the hocks. The hair on the tail and hips is very long and bushy.

The smooth variety of the Collie, has a short, hard, dense, flat coat of good texture, with an abundance of undercoat. They are both judged by the same standard in the show ring.

ROUGH COLLIE

SMOOTH COLLIE

COLLIE COLORS

The Collie coat comes in a rainbow of different colors. Each is unique and one's as beautiful as the next!

SABLE & WHITE

First I will introduce you to the classic "sable and white". The "sable and white" is the color of the famous "Lassie". I have heard it described as the "Lassie Color" by many a Collie lover.

The "sable and white" is predominantly sable (a fawn sable color of varying shades from light gold to dark mahogany) with white markings usually on the chest, neck, legs, feet and the tip of the tail. A blaze may appear on the foreface or backskull or both."

Click on the links to see pictures of the "sable and white" rough and smooth Collie.

SMOOTH SABLE

ROUGH SABLE

TRI-COLOR

The "tri-color" is "predominantly black, carrying white markings as in a 'Sable and White' and has tan shadings on and about the head and legs."

SMOOTH TRI-COLOR

ROUGH TRI-COLOR

BLUE MERLE

The "blue merle" is a "mottled or 'marbled' color predominantly blue-grey and black with white markings as in the 'Sable and White' and usually has tan shadings as in the 'Tri-color.'" This color is the widest variety of all the colors. A "blue merle" can have alot of merling or very little. This color is my choice color. I have two of them. : )

SMOOTH BLUE MERLE

ROUGH BLUE MERLE

WHITE

The "white" is "predominantly white, preferably with 'sable', 'tri-color' or 'blue merle' markings."

SMOOTH WHITE

ROUGH WHITE

SABLE MERLE

The "sable merle" is not recognized by the AKC but it is out there. The "sable merle" is a "sable and white" with "blue merle" markings. The markings are more blended and don't stand out quite as much as the "blue merle". They are not as dark. The "sable merle" seems to be a lighter color than the "sable and white", more along the lines of a wheat color, not quite as reddish or mahogany as the "sable and white".

SMOOTH SABLE MERLE

ROUGH SABLE MERLE

WHITE-FACTORED DOGS

White-factored dogs are the products of puppies who are from white or white-factored dogs who have white or white-factored dogs in their lines. WHEW!!! Here is the genetic code for white and white-factored dogs...

W x W = 100% W

w/f x w/f = 25% W / 50% w/f / 25% non w/f

W x w/f = 50% W / 50% w/f

W x non w/f = 100% w/f

SMOOTH

ROUGH

SABLE & WHITE

SABLE & WHITE

TRI-COLOR

TRI-COLOR

BLUE MERLE

BLUE MERLE

SABLE MERLE

SABLE MERLE

***INFORMATION ON DOUBLE DILUTES PENDING***

***INFORMATION ON TRI-FACTORED DOGS PENDING***

If you would like your Collie added to my site, please email me at the link below. To add your Collie to the first page of each color, picture must be in show position and I must be able to see legs and tail. Any other pictures will go on the second, more "relaxed" page. :) Dogs do not have to be "show quality" I just need to see the whole dog. Along with the picture, please email dog's full registered name if he/she has one, along with owner's name and your website if you would like me to link with your page.

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