Smooth Collie Pictorial Standard (When opened click again on poster to increase size) Rough Collie Pictorial Standard (When opened click again on poster to increase size)
Because the Faults section from the Collie (Rough) Standard is unreadable I have reprinted it below: (These faults also apply to the Collie (Smooth)). Faults

The final word on a breed,

 any breed,

is the breed standard.

            Dorothy McDonald

       The Judge’s Eye

 AKC Gazette

August 2006





Every breed of dog recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) has a written Breed Standard.


The Standard describes what the perfect dog of that breed should look like. It is used by breeders in our efforts to breed the most correct dog possible. (Unfortunately, perfection is NEVER completely attained in any one specimen).


The Standard is used by Judges to determine which dog best fits the description of their breed.  Each Breed Standard is quite detailed and what might be a fault in one breed may be a desired trait in another breed. For example: it is a fault for a Collie to carry their tail curled over on their back, but this is what is required of the Samoyed.  Standards for the same breed can also differ slightly from country to country. For example the American Collie Standard describes the Collie very closely to the English Standard with just a couple of minor variations. One is size. The American Standard allows for Collies to be up to two inches taller than what is required by English Standard.

Australian breeders use the Standard of Country of Origin of the Breed or where the breed was developed.  Thus Collie breeders abide by the English Standard for the Collie where as German Shepherd breeders use the German Standard as their model.


Using the links at the top of the page you will be able to view a pictorial Standard for both varieties of the collie. These pictorial Standards are educational posters used by the Tasmanian Collie and Shetland Sheepdog Club. They are the current Standards used for judging both the Rough and Smooth Collies in Australia  These Standards are entire but have been put into point form with pictures to illustrate some of the concepts.