bearded collie breed information

common health issues

Pemphigus foliaceus is an abnormal immune response to the normal layers of the skin, resulting in blisters and pustules on the skin. Crusting usually starts on the face and ears and spreads from there. Pemphigus foliaceus is diagnosed by skin biopsy, and treatment centers on suppressing the immune system.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

Corneal dystrophy is weakness in the layers of the cornea. Severely affected dogs are prone to painful corneal erosions and ulcers. Some types of corneal dystrophy result in lipid or cholesterol deposits on the cornea, which are generally painless and do not interfere with vision. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the lesions.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

von Willebrand's Disease is a blood clotting defect. There are three subcategories of the disease that vary in severity, and a blood test is available to measure the amount of von Willebrand factor (which aids with clotting) in the blood. This is recommended in all susceptible breeds prior to surgery to prevent possibly fatal consequences.

The Bearded Collie (or Beardie) is one of Britain’s oldest breeds, showing up in paintings as far back as 1771. The breed was very popular in Scotland as both a working dog and a show dog, but owes its modern existence to local shepherds and drovers, who prized them for their ability to work well in Scotland’s cold, misty climate.

The Bearded Collie came to the United States in 1950 and has enjoyed living here as a companion dog ever since. He makes an excellent family dog, being both confident and intelligent. He is also a loving and loyal family member who enjoys close contact with his humans.

Standing between 20 and 22 inches tall at the shoulder, long-haired is an understatement when it comes to the Bearded Collie – their long, flat and shaggy coats nearly touch the ground. Owning a Beardie requires a large grooming commitment, as they will need daily brushing at the least. The good news is, his exercise requirements are average for a dog of his size.

Long coats aside, Bearded Collies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses which Beardies are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; eye conditions such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and corneal dystrophy; and skin problems such as pemphigus foliaceus.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bearded Collie inherits anything more than a long coat, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)