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Thank you for submitting your information.  Health survey results are below.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Casey Carney with questions.

HEALTH SURVEY RESULTS

The BCSA’s Health Committee is pleased to publish the results of our first breed health survey. Our goals were to identify the top 10 health concerns in the Border Collie population, in order to direct financial assets to support research and education. Additionally, the results of this survey will be utilized on our application letter requesting entry of the Border Collie in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) database.

A total of 300 surveys were received with information obtained on 860 dogs.  Surveys were received from 39 states plus Ontario.

Summary of Demographics Data

Length of time in the breed:

1-5 yrs

 29%

6-10 yrs

 34%

11-15 yrs

 20%

>15 yrs

 16%

Unknown

 1%

Reproductive Status of Dogs:

Spayed / neutered

 62%

Intact

 36%

Unknown

 2 %

98 Dogs (4%) of those included in the survey were identified as “Rescues” of unknown pedigree.

Survey Participants’ Top Health Concerns in the Border Collie

Participants were asked to list three health issues that they considered the most important and/or threatening in this breed. The top 10 concerns of survey participants are summarized below.

RANK

CONCERN

# OF RESPONSES

1

Epilepsy

174

2

Hip Dysplasia

161

3

Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)

90

4

Cancer

57

5

Temperament

44

6

Osteochondrosis Dessicans (OCD)

26

7

Deafness

25

8

Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS)

20

9

Arthritis

17

10

Cardiac Disease

17

TEMPERAMENT - ACTUAL DIAGNOSIS BY SYSTEM

Orthopedic Diseases/Disorders

Orthopedic diseases/disorders occurred in 116 dogs (13%).  The following table displays the occurrence of orthopedic problems.

Disease/Disorder

# of Dogs Affected

% Overall Occurrence

Hip Dysplasia

61

7.1%

Arthritis

22

2.6%

Osteochondrosis Dessicans (OCD)

16

1.9%

Spondylosis

7

0.8%

Cruciate Ligament Injury

4

0.5%

Patellar Luxation

4

0.5%

Panosteitis

1

0.1%

Elbow Dysplasia

1

0.1%

Neurological Diseases/Disorders

Neurological diseases/disorders occurred in 36 dogs (4%). The following table displays the occurrence of neurological problems.

Disease/Disorder

# of Dogs Affected

% Overall Occurrence

Epilepsy

29

3.3%

Intervertebral Disc Disease

5

0.6%

Lumbosacral stenosis

2

0.2%

Endocrine Diseases/Disorders

Endocrine diseases/disorders occurred in 33 dogs (4 %). The following table displays the occurrence of endocrine problems.

Disease/Disorder

# of Dogs Affected

% Overall Occurrence

Hypothyroidism

25

2.9%

Pancreatitis

4

0.5%

Lupus

3

0.3%

Addison’s Disease

1

0.1%

The most common endocrine disorder reported was hypothyroidism with 2.9% of dogs affected. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) has evaluated the results of thyroid tests from 91 border collies between January 1974 and December 2007. Of those border collies evaluated 4.4% were found to have autoimmune thyroiditis, a heritable form of the disease. An additional 4.4% were found to have equivocal results and OFA recommended retesting these dogs in 3 to 6 months. None of the dogs evaluated by the OFA were found to have idiopathically reduced thyroid function.

Cancers

Various types of cancers occurred in 30 dogs (3%).

Type of Cancer

# of Dogs Affected

% Overall Occurrence

Lymphoma

8

0.9%

Mast cell

2

0.2%

Squamous cell

2

0.2%

Miscellaneous

4

0.5%

Unspecified

14

1.6%

Other Diseases/Disorders by System

Other diseases/disorders were reported with lower frequency. The data is presented below, categorized by system.

Of the 15 dogs with eye disease, only two were affected with Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA).

TEMPERAMENT ISSUES

There were six temperament traits or behaviors that were being evaluated per dog.

Of the 860 dogs, 339 had a least one behavior (39%) and 36 had 3 or more behaviors (4%)  The most common behavior was sound sensitivity, which affected 240 dogs (28%). Of these 240 dogs, 153 (64%) exhibited only this temperament issue.  Out of the 860 dogs, 98 were identified as “Rescues”.

Exhibited one temperament issue  56.57%
Exhibited three or more issues  10.18%

Of the 860 dogs in this survey, there were 17 dogs with two or more temperament issues, older than 12 months that were NOT spayed or neutered.

Summary

The following are the top health issues as identified in this survey:

#1: Temperament
#2: Hip Dysplasia
#3: Epilepsy
#4: Hypothyroid
#5: Arthritis (age related)
#6: OCD of the Shoulder

Page Updated 05.23.2009 


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