Bearded Collie Health Problems

When it comes to Bearded Collie health, there are very few issues for owners to be concerned about.  All the same, as with all breeds, there are some problems to be aware of. 

Addison's Disease

The first of these is the rare but life-threatening Addison's disease.

Addison’s disease is also known as hypoadrenocorticism. This is a hormone disorder that evolves as a consequence of insufficient production of adrenal hormones by the adrenal gland.

The adrenal glands release various different hormones like corticosteroids, androgens and mineralocorticoids. These hormones metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and govern the balance of water, salt and potassium.

The adrenal glands also secrete adrenalin, which controls the body’s response to stress. They regulate blood pressure and heart rate, plus preserve blood sugar levels. So, as you can see, instabilities and imbalances in hormonal levels can interrupt all of these bodily systems.

Symptoms can include depression, weight loss, dehydration, and vomiting, although this condition can be hard to diagnose.  If you think there is a problem, visit your vet where a diagnosis will be reached and it can be treated by replacing the hormones and administering fluids. 

Although this disease is not common, Bearded Collie health can be seriously affected by Addison’s disease.

Hip Dysplasia

A more common Bearded Collie health problem is hip dysplasia, something that can affect many breeds.  It comes about when the hip joint does not grow in the correct way, putting excessive pressure on the region and causing it to deteriorate gradually. 

Dysplasia usually starts at a young age and gets increasingly worse, with symptoms being a disinclination to exercise, limping and an unsteady manner of walking. 

The Bearded Collie can also be susceptible to allergies caused by bad diet, the environment or man-made.  The chief symptoms will generally occur as skin problems, although respiratory problems can also be found.  These conditions should be referred to a vet.


Your Bearded Collie’s health can also be affected by hypothyroidism. This is a hormonal condition and the consequences are a lowered metabolic rate. 

Symptoms will include skin and coat changes such as hair loss and dry fur, weight gain and sluggishness.  This problem affects several areas of your Bearded Collie's health so professional help should be sought after as soon as possible. 

Medication for this condition can easily resolve this Bearded Collie health issue.

Other Possible Health Issues

Epilepsy.  Epilepsy is a brain disorder which causes seizures.

Colonic disease.  Colonic disease is one of many disorders that disrupt the proper functioning of the large intenstine and bowels.

Pemphigus.  Pemphigus is a chronic auto-immune disease of the skin.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is one of many diseases all having to do with gradual deterioration of the retina. Can lead to eventual total blindness.
Persistent pupillary membrane or PPM is a cornal opacity caused by abnormal iris tissue development. Can lead to glaucoma

Cataracts.  A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye which leads to a decrease in vision and blindness if not treated
von Willebrand's disease (vWD) is a blood abnormality that results in excessive bleeding. A dog can be a carrier or affected

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