The breed was initially bred for herding. These original collies were descended from localized variety of herding dogs from Scotland and Wales. The Rough Collie had been used for centuries as a sheepdog in the Scottish Highlands.
After the industrial revolution, dog ownership became fashionable. It is believed that the Borzooi was mixed into the rough collie, producing the longer more noble head. Today this is the the main feature of the breed.
Todays Rough Collies are more show dog than working dog. The breed has been developed to be an excellent companion animal and fits perfectly in most homes. If you are looking to herd with your Rough Colie, then you will want to seek a breeder who’s program is specifically breeding for herding instincts in their rough collies.