The East Anglian Collie Association is a pro-active Club so the health of our Collies
is of paramount importance.
Since 2007, the Kennel Club has required every Breed Club to elect a Health Coordinator
to keep abreast of breed health and offer advice on any initiatives being taken by
the Clubs in promoting the breeding of healthy Collies, with the long-term aim of
eliminating inherited conditions.
This clause is in line with the Kennel Club’s slogan of:
for Function, Fit for Life’.
The Club’s Code of Ethics states that:
‘Stud Dogs and Brood Bitches shall be in good health and condition and ideally free
from hereditary defects. Due consideration shall be given to type and temperament
before breeding a litter. Members shall strive to eradicate hereditary defects from
It is important to note that, despite the few known inherited problems, both Rough
and Smooth Collies are relatively healthy breeds. Their Breed Standards were carefully
drawn up in the 1880's, to take account of the Collie's original working form and
function. A few minor amendments have been made to the Standard over the years, but
nothing that should give rise to concern in terms of exaggeration of type or health.