Border Collie Health
Every single dog in the world, purebred and mix bred, are susceptible to genetic diseases. The difference is that when a dog is bred by a truly reputable breeder, that breeder will screen both parents of the puppy BEFORE they are bred together to try their best to PREVENT any genetic diseases from ever occurring in the resulting puppies. When you buy a well bred puppy you really and truly are paying for the this genetic health screening and also dogs that have proven themselves in the competition ring. Your are not buying a "papered dog" papers do not make the dog worth the extra dollars at all, anyone can breed two purebred dogs and paper the pups...its worth nothing! What makes a dog high quality is the proven quality of the parents, and the health and temperament that has been bred into that line by a reputable and knowledgeable breeder. Do not be fooled by "breeders" who sell dogs with papers and charge you the same amount of money as a breeder who shows, health tests and papers their pups.
Some of these diseases have no testing available yet, for the ones that do have a test, we personally health test our dogs before breeding them if at all possible. Where no test is available we do in-depth pedigree research many generations back to do our best to avoid producing any sick dogs. We want our own dogs to live forever too!
If a breeder has been breeding for a few years or has had at least 5 litters and tells you "every single dog I ever bred is healthy" they are either lying, don't keep in touch with their puppy owners, or don't test their dogs so don't even realize that they have produced a dog that has a genetic disease. Many genetic disorders go unnoticed, many are expressed so mildly in some dogs you would never know they have it, but then the same disorder is produced in their pups and it is expressed far more severely.
I wrote this so that other breeders, Border Collie owners, and people looking for Border Collie puppies, know what ailments can effect the Border Collie breed. Keep in mind that in general, Border Collies are a VERY HEALTHY breed when compared to most breeds, and mix-breeds. They are a tenacious breed and stay very healthy with lots of exercise, sunlight and a good diet.
THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE TESTED FOR PRIOR TO BREEDING:
DNA testing for:
THE FOLLOWING IS OPTIONAL BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:
THE FOLLOWING IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL:
THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE BREED BUT YET TO HAS ANY METHOD OF TESTING AVAILABLE SO CAN ONLY BE PREVENTED THROUGH PEDIGREE RESEARCH:
I want to be open and honest about the health results of the dogs I have bred, I have taken every precaution to breed healthy dogs. If you have a dog from us, even if they are a spay/neutered pet, please consider at least having them OFA Hip and Elbow scored (X-Ray and sent to OFA), and CERF/CAER eye tested by a canine Ophthalmologist, all after 2 years of age. This information is priceless and helps us make better breeding decisions in the future. It is also good to have these done for the health of your pet. Please contact me if you need any help or need help finding these specialists in your area.
I have set up a database to showcase the results of the genetic health testing that has been completed for each dog that we have used for breeding or that has been born at our kennel. Every effort has been made to include all known results... both positive and negative. If you are the owner of a Bellaclan bred dog and have updated OFFICIAL health stats for your dog, please send me an e-mail, a text, or even give me a call so that I can keep these results as up to date as possible. Even if your puppy from us is a spayed/neutered pet, we are interested in adding any official, professionally, diagnosed genetic health results to this database. Thank you in advanced!