Collies (Rough & Smooth) are generally healthy breeds but, nevertheless, are susceptible
to two eye diseases - Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).
In common with the other Collie breeds and Shetland Sheepdogs, they may also have
an issue with Multi-Drug Resistancy (MDR1) and, like many of the larger breeds, are
susceptible to Hip Dysplasia (HD).
A tool aimed at dog show judges and exhibitors to highlight and tackle any current
concerns within a breed.
However, there are several other general health issues which can afflict all breeds,
including our Collies, so hopefully breeders and owners will find this section equally
useful. Please use the links in the right-hand panel.
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosis‘Collie Nose’ and Microphthalmia are known to affect
Collies and care should therefore be taken not to breed from any Collie showing signs
of these problems.
Collie judges in particular are advised to check the ‘Breed Watch’ section of the
Kennel Club’s website to see what issues to watch out for – microphthalmia is one
The breed-specific health issues, referred to above, are covered either on the ‘DNA
Tests’ page or on the ‘KC/BVA Tests’ page.
You can download and/or print off health issues below: