Border Collie Health

Health and Lifespan of a Border Collie

Border Collies are lively, highly intelligent working dogs that live between 10 and 12 years. This may be determined by the Border Collie puppys working life, diet and living conditions.

They are recommended for active individuals and families, and are robust Border Collie puppys if you look after them....

Looking after your Border Collie’s Health

We all want to look after our Border Collie’s health the best we can. No matter how healthy a Border Collie puppy is health matters will arise from time to time throughout its life.

Many people take out pet insurance to help pay the vet bills. But whether you take out pet insurance or not there are vet bills to consider, even if it is for a yearly check up and vaccinations.

Diseases occur because of:

immune deficiencies within the system
degenerative diseases
There are many possible problems your Border Collie can have and the most common include hip dysplasia, collie eye, epilepsy, osteochondritis and ear problems.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that is inherited through the parents, It is also environmental and caused by things like weight, diet, lifestyle and injury.

It ranges in severity and signs your Border Collie may have hip dysplasia are limping and difficulty getting up when lying down. If it is genetic, your Border Collie can start to show signs of hip dysplasia between the age of four and nine months old.

There are many things you can do to manage your Border Collie puppy’s condition including diet, exercise and supplements to make sure your Border Collie puppy has a long, active healthy life.

Collie Eye

Collie eye is another common congenital disease a Border Collie inherits from its parents. It does not normally affect your Border Collie puppy’s sight, but it does affect the retina, sclera and choroid of the eye and is known as mild problem in Border Collies.

Border Collie breeders can have their breeding Border Collie puppy’s DNA tested to ensure they do not breed from Border Collie puppys that carry the disease.


Border Collies can get epilepsy and affects them just as it does us. Epilepsy is either inherited or environmental and it is very frightening to watch your Border Collie have seizures. Epilepsy is controlled using medication and your Border Collie puppy can have a normal, healthy life.


Osteochondritis affects your Border Collie’s joints and is environmental, dietary or hereditary. Breeders can screen their breeding Border Collie puppys to ensure they do not pass the disease onto their puppies.

Ear Infections

Your Border Collie may get an ear infection at some time in its life. Symptoms of an ear infection are scratching the ears, constant shaking of the head and a nasty odour.

There are many reasons why your Border Collie puppy may have an ear infection, including:

excess ear scratching
hereditary diseases
grass seed or other foreign bodies
parasites such as ear mites
excess moisture in the ear
If you look after your Border Collie’s general health and wellbeing, and buy your Border Collie puppy from a reputable breeder, it is likely your Border Collie puppy will not inherit any diseases. But, if your Border Collie puppy does, there are many ways to manage your Border Collie puppy’s lifestyle to give it a pain free life.