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Learn about Border Collie diseases

Learn about Border Collie diseases

Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the border collie is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis.

  • Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum.

  • Collie eye anomaly (CEA) is a disorder characterized by abnormal development of the eye. CEA is an inherited disease and most of the eye lesions associated with CEA are present at birth, affecting about 2% of the breed with about 18% carriers. CEA affects the retina, the choroid, and in severe cases, the sclera and optic nerve.

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

  • Pannus is a disease of the eye resulting in inflammation.

  • Lens luxation is a dislocation or displacement of the lens within the eye.

  • Cataracts are opacities within the lens of the eye that affect vision.

  • Osteocondrosis of the shoulder is congenital problem that causes degenerative joint disease of the shoulder joint.

  • Congenital deafness present at birth.

    Life Span

    The border collie can live approximately 11 to 14 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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