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Common bearded collie health problems

Bearded Collie lives about 12 to 14 years and is prone to minor health problems, including colon disease, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), adrenocortical dysfunction, pemphigus and epilepsy. Other health problems occasionally seen in Bearded Collie are cataract, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), von Willebrand disease (VWD) and persistent pupillary membrane. To identify some of these problems, a veterinarian may examine Bearded Collie’s thyroid, buttocks, and eyes.


Is Bearded Collie usually healthy?

Bearded Collie has a strong and healthy constitution and has no common health problems. It is often necessary to comb the hair regularly every day to keep the hair free from debris and mattresses, which can be very painful if left behind. Check for parasites, because the thick down is ideal for fleas. Bearded Collie is a relatively healthy breed. Most people live to be around 13-14 years old, although some live longer. At present, there is no evidence in the UK that Bearded Collie is particularly prone to specific health problems, but inevitably there will be some health problems. Good breeders will always do their best to ensure that they breed from healthy stock, thus giving the puppy the best start in life, so make sure you always buy a reputable breeder who should be able to answer any questions you may have about the puppy.

Dysplasia of hip joint

This kind of Bearded Collie’s health problem is quite common. Responsible breeders ensure that both parents of puppies are hip graded before breeding from them. The hip score is an indicator of the health problems (dysplasia) of Bearded Collie, a dog with which arthritis and other hind leg problems develop at a very young age. You can learn more about this on the hip dysplasia page.

Eye problems

Unlike some other shepherd breeds, Bearded Collie in the UK is generally not affected by hereditary eye disease. Nevertheless, many breeders choose to use the BVA / KC / ISDS eye program to conduct eye examination on their dogs as a measure to prevent this kind of health problem of Bearded Collie. In 2012, one of the prophylactic eye tests resulted in an eye abnormality in a Collie, also known as choroidal hypoplasia (CEA / CH), which was confirmed in a British Bearded Collie. There is more information about this situation on the CEA page. Fortunately, the genetic defects that cause this Bearded Collie’s health problem seem to be rare, and efforts are being made to eliminate this Bearded Collie’s health problem from the breed.

However, there is no room for complacency – other inherited Bearded Collie health problems can also occur, and more Bearded Collie is imported from abroad, where eye problems occasionally occur. A simple eye test can detect Bearded Collie before it becomes endemic to the breed. Therefore, it is suggested that the breeder should conduct eye test on the dog before breeding from the dog to prevent the health problem of Bearded Collie. It is better to do it again after the dog grows up, so as to detect any hereditary eye disease with late onset age. Bearded Collie Club and other clubs provide eye tests for dogs of all ages at specific events. To read veterinary reviews for these courses, see eye tests.

Autoimmune diseases

This Bearded Collie health problem, such as Addison’s disease, hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, can occur in Bearded Collie in many other varieties. This kind of Bearded Collie’s health problem can be serious and life-threatening, usually in young to middle-aged dogs. Because of the lack of comparative statistics, it is hard to say whether Bearded Collie has an incidence rate of autoimmune diseases above average. These diseases are complex. Some people think that several genes, combined with the influence of environment, may determine whether dogs are affected by autoimmune conditions. So far, there is no genetic test available to determine susceptibility to these diseases, and a simple genetic test is unlikely to tell us explicitly whether dogs will be affected by this Bearded Collie health problem. In other words, breeders are trying to learn more about these diseases and support the identification of related genes. Dogs affected by this kind of Bearded Collie health problem should not be raised from home. Buy a Bearded Collie.

About your Bearded Collie’s dental health


Although we may just not like our Bearded Collie’s bad breath, it’s necessary to know what this Bearded Collie’s health problem may mean. Halitosis is usually a symptom, and this kind of Bearded Collie health problem means that your Bearded Collie should get a dental examination. Plaque caused by unhealthy bacteria can cause bad smell and can only be cured with the support of professionals. Once you give your Bearded Collie a specialist cleaning, his gums and teeth can be maintained by feeding a special diet centered on dental health, removing food from the table, and daily cleaning. Veterinarians can give you more information about eradicating oral diseases and bad breath. You can brush your teeth twice a week with dog toothpaste or baking soda and water cream. Brush your teeth with nylon stockings on your fingers, sterile gauze pads or a children’s toothbrush. Sometimes, Bearded Collie’s health problem is an infection between the teeth and gums. This painful condition can cause your Bearded Collie teeth to fall off and spread the disease throughout the body. The doctor will occasionally clean your Bearded Collie’s teeth, and do her regular health assessment to reduce the health problems of Bearded Collie.