THE SKELETON OF THE ROUGH COLLIE
Skeletal deformities or abnormalities appear in all species, including our own, the most common causes being wear & tear or trauma. In the wild, where the maxim ‘survival of the fittest’ rules supreme, such animals rarely survive long dying from hunger or by being culled by pack members who can not tolerate passengers, but for domestic species this adage no longer applies.
There are numerous recognised joint and skeletal abnormalities affecting the canine species only some of which being thought to have a genetic component. Several of these are breed specific, or more correctly confined to breeds with similar conformation traits.
The Kennel Club [KC] in association with the British Veterinary Association [BVA] currently support schemes that it is hoped will help breeders control and manage Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, both debilitating conditions which are believed to have a genetic component and are known to affect many breeds. The results of dogs submitted to the specialist panels set up to assess the necessary x-rays published quarterly in the Kennel Club’s Breed Record Supplement.
As a medium sized breed of comparatively light construction and without exaggeration the Rough Collie is generally considered to be free from most joint or skeletal abnormalities. Of all the known abnormalities to affect the various breeds only Hip Dysplasia is recognised as applying to the Rough Collie. Breeders are therefore encouraged to have breeding stock hip scored under the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia control scheme before being bred from.