Few can be surprised that in a species that varies in size as much as the dog, problems with skeleton formation, whether genetic, environmental, or traumatic will form a major problem for all breeders.
There are a large number of recognised joint and skeletal abnormalities that affect the canine race, only some of which have a genetic foundation. Several are breed specific or confined to those breeds at either extreme of the size spectrum.
The Kennel Club, with the active assistance of the British Veterinary Association, currently host two schemes that it is hoped will help control and manage two of the more debilitating conditions that affect several breeds. The names of dogs passing through these schemes published quarterly in the Kennel Club’s Breed Record Supplement, along with their recorded results.
Of all the known joint or skeletal abnormalities to affect the various breeds of dogs only one is recognised as applying to the Rough Collie. Of the two conditions covered by BVA/KC schemes; Elbow Dysplasia is mainly confined to larger heavier breeds with rapid early growth patterns and is not thought to affect the Collie.