Secondly, the Collie coat is commonly a coal black mixed with snow white colours. One of those white parts is found on the tip of the tail. What’s the reason for that you may ask? Well, I can sure answer that for you. The white tip of the tail is considered a beacon-like signal, to help shepherds locate their pooch in the dark.
Also, did you know the white tip of the Collie tail even has a name! It’s called the Shepherds Lantern, obviously, we now know why. The Collie, historically originating from Scotland, (well, since correctly documented) actually got it’s name from this. Due to the Collie originating on the border of Scotland and England. The ‘Collie’ bit comes from generations of the word Coaly (due to the coat colour) evolving from the Gaelic accent. So legend has it.
Red Border Collie
Despite the commonly distinguished black and white colour there is also another fairly common breed type. The red border collie. Red border collies quite simply get their name from the coat colour and nothing else.
The red border collie wears a variety of dark and light brownish-red coloured furs. They are also a little less common and predominantly found in the US these days but are still a popular choice for farmers, shepherds and families alike.