The color of the coat changes several times over the life of the dog.
Puppies are generally born black, brown, fawn or blue. The puppy coat then
fades to light gray or cream. As the dogs reach maturity, they darken again
to their adult coat in any of the four colors, black, brown, blue, or fawn.
The final coat color is somewhere between the puppy coat and the yearling
Collie, also known as "Beardie" is a medium-sized,
robust, agile, hardy and active, but not massive herding
dog. It has a shaggy coat and an ever-wagging tail.
It is an ancestor of the Old English Sheepdog and the
family resemblance is obvious. It has a broad head,
short muzzle and a shaggy coat all over its body, even
under its chin, which is how it got its name. The outer
coat is dense and weatherproof and the undercoat is
thick and soft. It has a large head and teeth. Its eyes
are wide-set and harmonious in color with its coat and
its ears lie close to the head. It has a long tail and
is carried low unless the dog is excited.