Choosing a Collie

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  • Malassezia Dermatitis – is a yeast infection of the skin caused by Malassezia pachydermatitis.
  • Pemphigus foliaceus is a severe skin disease that is characterized by pustules and blisters that rupture, causing damage to the skin.
  • Vitiligo – is a skin disease that causes destruction of the melanocytes (cells that produce pigment) causing depigmented patches of skin.
  • Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelid that results in rolling inward of the eyelid.
  • Distichiasis is a condition in which there is growth of extra eyelashes from the glands of the upper or lower eyelid.
  • 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.
  • Ectopic ureter is an abnormality present at birth in which one or both of the ureters that bring urine from the kidneys to the bladder fail to open into the bladder in the normal way. The affected animal is born with this problem and the resulting urinary incontinence usually begins at birth.
  • Epilepsy is a disease characterized by seizures.
  • Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly results in weakness and eventually inability to use the rear legs.
  • Congenital elbow luxation – is a dislocation of the elbow joint.
  • Nasal tumors – may occur in some dogs.
  • Congenital deafness can be present at birth.

    In addition, dwarfism, bladder cancer, demodex, various skin diseases and nasal solar dermatitis have been reported.

    Life Span

    The average collie can live up to 12 to 15 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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