Smooth and Rough Collies

We really enjoyed showing and raising Collies but are no longer breeding them due to the age of our dogs

Why a Collie?

  • very versatile breed used as service dogs, obedience, agility, herding and protecting livestock.
  • very sensitive to their owners needs
  • will protect you if needed but can sense instinctively when the situation turns safe. So can be well trusted.
  • Very gentle with children and other pets.
  • Want to please
  • Easy to train with soft handling and correction

Collies can excel at almost any discipline you ask of them

Rough collie - Moonshadows Kennel.
Moonshadows kennel collies : Jodi with Coope, Simon with Lady

Collies have saved lives by alerting people of issues with children, livestock and older people. As seen in the old Lassie movies and dog show. They truly showed the true nature of a Collie.

Collies are very easy to house train and generally good with all people and animals. They will alert you if they feel something is wrong or could be. I fell down once and a stranger came over to help me. Dancer raised his hackles and growled to protect me however as soon as he saw I was okay with the person he was accepting and allowed the person help me and to walk him. Cooper is the same way, if a stranger comes in and he is not expecting him to warn but greet them when he knows I do. They also will alert you on walks if coyotes are near by or creatures are in your yard.

Collie song

by Nancy Simmonds |

Moglie, my first Collie dog.

I am so thankful that I actually had this dog come to us. He was such a great gift. He is why we got into Collies. His name was Mogley.

Our first Collie was a drop off dog. We had him for 13 years. I had always wanted a Collie but growing up with Shelties I did not want difficult coat to keep up. I found with the Rough Collie once you de-shed it in the Spring and Fall when the coat is shedding out it is not hard to manage. A good thorough brushing will get rid of the loose hair and then it is just a good weekly brushing to keep on top of it.

Due to burs being a problem on our farm we decided to have a Smooth Collie as our next Collie. Which started our love for the Smooths.

Smooths are more active than Rough Collies. Though they are busier they are easier to maintain if you go into wooded areas or are on a Country property. Some do shed more constantly than a Rough Collie. Cooper sheds all year long. Lady our other Smooth mainly sheds like a rough twice a year. They have the same intelligence and good nature as the Rough Collies. The Smooth Collie is also on the vulnerable breed list.

Smooth collie - Moonshadows Kennel.

There are many sites for more information on both varieties of Collies. The short haired being the Smooth Collie and the long haired like Lassie the Rough Collie. For this reason I have not shared as much information on the breed on this website. Here is a site for more information on the breed.

Moonshadows Kennel

Our Collies

Cooper, smooth haired collie - Moonshadows Kennel.

Tir Nan' Og Shock Rock "Cooper"

Cooper is very laid back where Lady is more high energy.

We have also been blessed with Cooper a sable merle Smooth Collie, from Erin at Tir Nan’ og Collies. He is a super sweet tempered dog and a good mover. He has done well for us at shows. He puts his movement and temperament into his pups. Thanks Erin for trusting us to give him a good home.

Cooper has his CKC Grand Champion and also went Select Male at the same Specialty Show as Lady. Cooper also is a US Champion who won over many specials.

Lady, smooth haired collie - Moonshadows Kennel.

Lochstarr Moonshadows Lady

Lady, a Smooth Collie, Sable tri-factored, rough factored female is out of Dancer’s litter sister. Dancer was our first home raised Collie Champion. Lady has done very well at the limited shows she has entered.

Lady is the Granddaughter of our first Smooth bitch which we got from South Carolina from Hawkeire Collies. She is a Canadian Champion who received Select Bitch at the Specialty Show in Georgina.

Lady has lots of expression and is a lovely mover with great outgoing temperament. It was her first time back in the show ring after receiving her Championship years before. So it was a great surprise!

Jodi Parkinson is with Cooper and Simon has Lady.

Cardross When It Rains "Rain"

We have one rough tri-colour female collie called Rain. She has lovely movement and very sweet tempered. Very easy going. She loves to herd my husband and I.

We have been fortunate to co-own Rain with Cardross Collies she is Beth’s breeding. Thank you Beth for trusting us to have your lineage.

Registered name Cardross When It Rains.
Sire Ch. Cardross Chain Reaction and Dam Ch. Uneeda Bare Naked Lady.

Rough collie - Moonshadows Kennel.

Versatile breed