Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Bearded Collie puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Bearded Collies, the best dog food diet for feeding Bearded Collie puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Bearded Collie dog breed

Bearded Collie Health Problems and Raising a Bearded Collie Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Bearded Collies:

The most common eye disease in Beardies is cataracts, which can appear at 2-5 years old. Persistent pupillary membranes are also common. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, and corneal dystrophy have been reported.

The only orthopedic disease that occurs regularly in Bearded Collies is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3650 Bearded Collies and found 6% dysplastic. This is lower than some other breeds in this size range but it could be better – Rough and Smooth Scottish Collies are at 3%.

Elbow dysplasia is not a serious concern in the Bearded Collie, but does occur often enough that breeders should be guarding against it.

Autoimmune diseases, where your dog's defective immune system attacks and damages parts of its own body, are increasing in Bearded Collies. The most common (but least serious) autoimmune disease is hypothyroidism. More serious autoimmune diseases are Addison's disease, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, pemphigus, lupus, myasthenia gravis, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), and a blood-clotting disease called thrombocytopenia.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are somewhat common due to profuse hair in the ear canal. A rare skin disease that occur in Beardies is follicular dysplasia.

Finally, epilepsy (seizures) and heart disease (subaortic stenosis) are two serious diseases that are an increasing concern in Bearded Collies.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Bearded Collie?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Bearded Collies today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Bearded Collie puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Bearded Collie puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bearded Collie puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Bearded Collie lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bearded Collie
The best diet for feeding your Bearded Collie is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Bearded Collie. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bearded Collie
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Bearded Collie. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bearded Collie puppy really need? Does your adult Bearded Collie need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Bearded Collie. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Bearded Collie. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Bearded Collie.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.