The Scotch Collie is being bred more for its working ability than its looks.
Scotch Collies are very multi-purpose. There is one line that is being bred towards a "Squirrel Dog" type, though it still has the traditional look and temperament of the Scotch Collie. Most Scotch Collies can be used as hunting dogs; however their primary focus is as a herding dog, and are nowadays kept as a house pet by some. They are excellent with children. Scotch Collies generally get along with other dogs and are usually good with non-canine pets. Depending on the individual dog and the humans that surround him, they are friendly to reserved and/or aloof with strangers. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader; lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans must be higher up in the order than the dog in order to have a successful human/dog relationship.
The Collie is a very healthy breed that suffers from very little medical problems. HD is not a noticeable concern.
Scotch Collies have lived very successfully in apartments, though they do need daily exercise. There is no need to crate the Scotch Collie as it is seldom destructive and enjoys free roam of the house/yard. Kenneling is also not suggested, unless you have a large run. The Scotch Collie does wonderfully on farms and enjoys having room to roam.
The Scotch Collie needs plenty of exercise, including a daily
walk or jog. They are not nearly as active as Border Collies, but are not couch potatoes and will NOT be okay with just access to the yard. They will also enjoy a game of Frisbee in the park, etc. Provided they get their daily walk or jog, they will not be hyper and will usually be content to watch over the house while you are gone.
Depends on the dogs and its lines, but 12-16 years is average.
The coat should be brushed every one to two weeks. If the coat has a BIG mat, the mat may need to be cut out, as opposed to combed out, as to avoid pain to the dog. Bathe or dry shampoo as necessary.
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Brenda, a year-old Scotch Collie female from the Pacific NW, where the Scotch Collie is often called a "Farm Collie"