Mostly because of the success of the film Lassie,
Rough Collies became a very popular breed from the mid
60’s. Nowadays Rough Collies are not Sheepdogs anymore.
With time they became only pets and show dogs. A lot of
breeders saw in this general “infatuation” a quick mean
to earn money. They did not pay much attention to the
standard and the temperament. So Rough Collies became a
nervous even an aggressive breed, that had the bad habit
to bark a lot.
For a few years, the Rough Collie lost its popularity.
To avoid all the problems related to wrong breeding and
to make the breed popular again, the French Collie Club
introduced at first the TAN (Character Test).The TAN was
a condition for a dog or a bitch to get 4 points as a
quotation mark for the official qualification 'recommended
for breeding'. Then in 1980, the CANT (test of Sheepdog
Natural Aptitudes) was created. Its purpose was to
detect and study the sheepdog qualities of a dog when
facing a flock of sheep (inborn qualities). The scope of
these tests was to choose only the best dogs for
breeding. That does not mean that herding is essential
for rough collies nowadays. Nevertheless it was proven
that dogs with a strong herding instinct have a more
balanced and sound temperament and are therefore better
First encounter with the sheep
...what I expect from her.
When she understands...
...Nothing stops her.
Test of Sheepdog Natural Aptitudes 3.5 points/5
Pâris is immediately enthusiastic.
Pâris enjoys himself so much...
...that I must buy him a few sheep as a birthday present.
Test of Sheepdog Natural Aptitudes 4.5 points/5
went to pass the test of Sheepdog Natural Aptitude at
the Centre SheepDog Isontino (Italy).