I get this question a lot when I’m out walking the collies. People who are familiar with the breed know right away that Lassie is a collie, however not everyone realizes that Petal is too. They always seem surprised to hear it and they almost always ask “Is she a short haired collie?”
First of all, her hair is already much longer than a “short haired” AKA smooth coated collie.
Petal the Rough Collie.
Second of all, collies can take up to two years to grow out their full coat. Petal is a year and a half and you’d be surprised at how much a young dog can change in just six months!
Third, female collies tend to have thinner coats than the males. So it’s not likely that she’ll ever have a coat as full as Lassie’s.
Fourth, she actually did have have longer hair on her belly area, but when I had her spayed, she obviously had to be shaved.
Fifth, her mom’s hair is quite a bit shorter than my Lassie’s and her dad’s hair looks to be about the same as Lassie’s. This will have a lot to do with how long Petal’s will get.