GROOMING THE ROUGH COLLIE
Lots of people believe that Rough Collies require lots of grooming, but with the right tools you can groom your Collie in less than 30 minutes each week.
Collies are naturally clean dogs and unless they are particularly dirty, or have rolled in something nasty, they only need bathing twice a year - usually when they are moulting as bathing gets rid of all the old dead coat This leaves fresh clean skin for the new coat to grow.
Another comment comment we have is that 'our Collie doesnt like being groomed' - start early, have patience and keep it enjoyable, especially for young puppies.
It is important to use the right tools, a long pin brush, bristle brush, comb and scissors (for trimming feet) are the minimum, with a spray bottle containing water and/or grooming spray.
The Rough Collie has a double coat. It is important to brush the dogs coat in the opposite direction to the growth, and get right down to the skin. Pay particular attention to behind the ears and the elbows where matting is mostly likely to occur. You will also need to trim the excess hair from around the paws and between the pads every month or so.
Dogs that have been neutered/spayed have a different coat texture which can be difficult to manage, and it is worth noting this before making the decision to have your dog routinely neutered. However, there are numerous breeders that are willing to offer advice, and even show you how to groom your dog. To find someone in your area using the Collielife website, please click here.