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Rough Scotch Collies and Puppies in Eight Colors

by Gabihime Posted 4th May 2008 at 9:23 PM - Updated 6th May 2008 at 2:24 AM by Gabihime
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As a girl, I grew up immersed in the mystique of collie dogs. Our family kept collies well into my adulthood, and every day as a child I would raptly watch Lassie for a solid hour when it aired on our local network. For me, and I think for many other people around the world, Collies are the epitome of the beautiful farm dog you see running up a green hillside against a blue sky. That's why I decided that my first pet project would be to make a set of scotch collies that I was personally satisfied with, and once I had them, I knew I had to share them.

After first perfecting the body type (within limitations. Certain things about the collie's morphology, like his pricked, slightly floppy ears are impossible to replicate in Pets, due to the fact that EA only gave us two ear styles for all the dogs in the world) I settled on eight of the most popular colors, including three sables, the color that Lassie (or Pal and his sons) made famous in movies and television, and coincidentally, the color of my own dog of thirteen years who passed a couple of years ago. I also included the striking tricolor as well as the beautiful blue merle. Both the blue merles have blue eyes, which make them particularly charming. Finally, to round out my assortment I included three white collies: a golden and white, a black and white, and a tricolor and white. These are all AKC recognized colors, and they're all very beautiful dogs.

Because I know that some people love permapuppies (I know I do. I have three nintendogs collie puppies myself) I went ahead and made collie puppies in the small dog size to match each of the adult colors. These aren't simply shrunk down adults, but instead I worked to make them look the way collie puppies actually look, with big feet and gangly legs and puppy faces. Because collie puppies don't get their full coat in for sometimes as much as two years I've given the puppies short fluffy coats as close as possible to real collie puppy coats.

Because these puppies are small adult dogs they can be trained and go up and down stairs and all of that. Functionally, they are adults, they're just sized and shaped like puppies. They're actually really cute next to the collie parents, so now you can have a whole litter if you like.

Although collies are not as popular now as they were in the seventies, they're still within the top fifty dogs registered in the US by the AKC. They're popularly represented in film and television as well as in books and other media. In children's movies they're often cast as the girl-next-door, as they are in both All Dogs Go to Heaven and Rover Dangerfield. One Hundred and One Dalmations has a collie that figures importantly in the plot, and the title character of the children's novel Bob, son of Battle is a collie.

Calling a collie a scotch collie is actually the old fashioned way of saying it. In both the AKC and the WKC the scotch collie is called simply the collie and comes in two varieties, rough and smooth. However, there are several other different varieties of collie, recognized as breeds both formally and informally, including the Welsh Collie, the Border Collie, and the Bearded Collie. As I'd like to do a set of Welsh Collies in the future, I decided to call these Scotch collies for the sake of clarity.

Collies are intelligent, loyal, and make wonderful family dogs as well as working farm animals (and obviously, movie stars). If you are interested in learning more about these beautiful animals be sure to check out the Collie Club of America or your own local collie club. Remember that just because a dog is registered doesn't keep it from being taken to an animal shelter if it is a stray, so rescue whenever you can.

I hope you all give these babies excellent homes!

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Gabihime_Black and White Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Blue Merle Scotch Collie.rar

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Gabihime_Golden and White Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Golden Sable Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Golden Sable Scotch Collie_1.rar

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Gabihime_Sable and White Scotch Collie.rar

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Gabihime_Sable and White Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Sable Scotch Collie.rar

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Gabihime_Sable Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Tricolor and White Scotch Collie.rar

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Gabihime_Tricolor Scotch Collie.rar

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Gabihime_Blue Merle Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Tricolor Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_Tricolor White Scotch Collie Pup.rar

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Gabihime_White and Golden Scotch Collie.rar

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Mad Poster
#2 Old 6th May 2008 at 8:05 PM
Your collies are so beautiful! And the idea of making "puppies" is great! Thanks for all your hard work. Will d/l when home!!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 7th May 2008 at 1:46 AM
Very cool. I don't know if I'm just pet-inept but I could never find how to do the blaze on the forehead. These collies look substantially like my Mini Aussie 'Griffin' and I'll definitely be using them as a prototype for his Sim-dog-self

My one request would be that you put all of the colors into one file - QXpress doesn't work and is no longer on this site, so downloading fifteen files one by one is kind of painful.
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 7th May 2008 at 3:16 AM
I don't actually love collies but I loved yours!!! They have a great resemblance! Specially the side views... And I absolutely adore the puppies... =)

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#5 Old 7th May 2008 at 7:05 AM
Fantastic! Really makes me wanna play Pets again! Thanks,
Test Subject
#6 Old 7th May 2008 at 2:03 PM
I have shelties, and have been working on this very thing, in miniature . Yours are all so lovely!

I'd gotten the tri-colors, bi-blacks, pure-for-sable and a sable merle and was testing color inheritance of the layers in-game. I wound up with dilute tri colors when I crossed pure-for-sable with tri :/

When your collies breed in game, is the color inheriting the way you wanted? I'll have to try them myself :D
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 7th May 2008 at 7:30 PM
I LOVE Collies! You just dropped an entire "bucket of awesome" on MTS2's downloads section today! FANTASTIC job on these! Please tell me you'll be doing other breeds!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 7th May 2008 at 10:19 PM
These are just gorgeous! I had a beautiful tri-color collie when I was little that I still miss now, 25+ years later. I've had to become a crazy cat lady since I don't have a house and room for an energetic collie but I want one as soon as possible.

I also love what you've done with the puppies, clearly a lot of love and work went into these
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Original Poster
#9 Old 8th May 2008 at 12:59 AM
Originally Posted by DaBlackX
I LOVE Collies! You just dropped an entire "bucket of awesome" on MTS2's downloads section today! FANTASTIC job on these! Please tell me you'll be doing other breeds!

Thank you! I definitely want to try to do a set of welsh collies, since they're a traditional breed that's often overlooked despite the fact that they're excellent working, farm, and family dogs. I love Borders too, but they're so popular now that I imagine that someone has already done accurate ones.

I wanted my collies to look like real collies, but also to fit into the sim world, with the way that my sims look. Since my sims have large eyes and cute faces generally, I wanted my dogs to match, which is why my collies have larger than strictly "realistic" eyes

I love corgis too, but I did manage to find a great corgi body on the exchange, which was a win for me. I love merle and sable anything, basically XD.

As for putting up a file with all of the dogs in one, you're right, I should go ahead and do that. I didn't realize how comparatively small pet files are when I made them all separate, especially since it looks like just about everyone who downloads one of the adult dogs downloads all of them. More collies means more love, right?

Anyway, thanks everybody for your kind words. It really means a lot to me! If there's interest I'll definitely try to work on doing more dogs (or maybe, as I am an apartment dweller, some of my favorite cat breeds).

I don't know if my dogs inherit colors truly or not, since I'm not really sure how the genetic inheritance is governed in pets, if it's Mendelian or partially dominant or what. If you have any success breeding colors, please tell me what you find! I'd love to share it. I've been creating so much recently I haven't actually had a chance to raise any puppies.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 8th May 2008 at 10:49 AM
Wow, a great huge bunch of Collies plus lots of information and a rescue link! They're my favourite breed. Thanks for these Gabihime! I do have a Collie in my Nintendogs too! :D

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Field Researcher
#11 Old 8th May 2008 at 2:43 PM
Nice work and I do love them, however scotch is the drink.

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Test Subject
#12 Old 9th May 2008 at 10:40 AM
Thanks! I love them, they're gorgeous! We don't have Collies but Shelties (Shetland Sheepdogs) :D
I didn't manage to make them in the Sims But now the collie is the replacement
Field Researcher
#13 Old 16th May 2008 at 12:19 AM
Great idea to make puppies looks as adults! yes I know they are not real puppies, but who cares? It always bothers me that that maxis puppies has nothing in comum with their parents, lol...
I also would like to thank you so much to bring some attention to rescue dogs; as a vet, I've seen more than I can handle already...there is a sad side in my profession there most people are not aware of; lots and lots of wonderful dogs with nowhere to go thanks a lot for bringing this up and for the wonderful dogs you had made!

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Test Subject
#14 Old 6th Jun 2008 at 3:39 AM
These are beutiful, i luv all types of collies, although i prefer Border collies since i had one, but i luv all dogs in general, and the way you created these captures the true unique and elegance of the breed, beutiful job.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 18th Jun 2008 at 4:48 AM
Aww they're so cute! Thank you very much for these!!

I've never actually had this breed of dog .. Heh .. except in game of course. The main types of dogs that I grew up with were American Pit bull Terriers, and Chows. Despite their bad rep, my pit bulls were Angels. I took care of them from the time they were born, until I moved out of my parent's house. <3 Now I just have a Red-point mix… (Siamese mix), he's an off-white cat with strawberry-blonde Siamese markings, faded tabby stripes & blue eyes. He likes to sit on my chest and meow in my face when I am sleeping, to wake me up if he wants something… Just like a guy to whine hahaha.... O_o

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Field Researcher
#16 Old 18th Jul 2008 at 9:46 PM
We got a collie puppy a few months ago and the Golden and White collie looks really similar to her, and I was having a hard time making a collie that looked like my Meg. You did it though! I just have to do a little tweaking and I'll have my Meg in game. I really appreciate it!

Pics of my collie:
(last one is with her friend)

Your collies look great, thanks!
Test Subject
#17 Old 3rd Aug 2008 at 4:29 AM
Thanks so much I grew up with the whole Collie/Border Collie/Austrailian Shepherd herding breeds too and I hate the maxis skins for them so its nice to see a different one in game, anyways these are so great thanks again.
Test Subject
#18 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 12:06 AM
Great job!! Takes me back to when I was a kid and had a Rough Collie(Like Lassie but without the white on the snout). Best damn dog EVER!!!!!

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#19 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 8:37 PM
thanks so very much for the great looking dogs
Test Subject
#20 Old 28th Jun 2010 at 11:28 PM
So these are rough Scottish Collies, right? I met this one smooth one and he looks half-way between a rough collie and a pharaoh hound.