ROUGH COLLIE BREED STANDARD
To quote Bernard Hall, ‘Treasures of The Kennel Club’ —
“The Kennel Club recognises 192 different breeds¹ of dog and each breed has its own descriptive standard. It is a word picture or specification which details the animal’s essential features.”
‘The Collie Club’ published the first Collie Standard in 1881, shortly after its foundation, and although amplified on a number of occasions today’s version is essentially the same as the one published then.
In the years prior to the last world-war Breed Standards were the property of the publishing group or organisation. The convening of a special committee, comprised of delegates from Breed Clubs and interested parties of the period preceded the publication of a unified Collie Standard in 1911, making the Collie one of the first breeds to consolidate behind a single breed standard.
On returning to its London headquarters The Kennel Club set about the task of re-writing and arranging all Breed Standards using a set sequence of sub-heading and rather abbreviated language. The results of a long interchange of views, preceded careful scrutiny by a panel of veterinary advisors to ensure no part of any Breed Standard predisposed any breed to debilitating inherited conditions. The results eventually presented to each Breed Council or Parent Club for approval before being final adoption during 1988/1989.
Although the language and style has not gained universal approval, and universal Standards are as far away as ever, the Kennel Club does not envisage any major revision in the foreseeable future.