At collie specialty shows, the smooth collies compete against other smooths. The roughs compete against other roughs. And then at the end of the show, the Best of Variety smooth and the Best of variety rough compete against each other for "Best of Breed" and "Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed."
The reason they hold these collie specialty shows during these months, is that the rough coated variety is typically in full coat during the colder weather. And if you are going to pay entry fees, travel expenses and possibly dog handler fees in the hope of winning at a dog show...well, you want your dog to look his or her very best!
We are very busy right now preparing, because the collie specialty season is starting in our area in just two weeks! So we have been spending extra time exercising the collies and grooming them. We thought we would do a post where we showed you everything that went on during a typical dog show day. We would take pictures throughout our day - From getting up early in the morning, driving to the show, setting up our grooming area, grooming for the show ring and then competing. Is this something you would be interested in seeing/reading about?