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  • Hereditary defects in Australian Shepherds

    All breeds of dog, including Australian Shepherds, suffer some degree of hereditary defects and diseases that cause conscientious breeders to have nightmares. Some lucky breeds are relatively free of these inherited conditions, while others are riddled with them – it is almost impossible, for instance to find a collie which is both free of eye defects and the genes which

     
  • Puppy Worms

    The breeder probably wormed your new pup several times before he left for his new home. Puppies like to put everything into their mouths, so it is not uncommon for them to get or have worms at a young age. If you notice any of the following signs: diarrhea, vomiting, spaghetti or rice like pieces in the stool, or the

     
  • Australian Shepherd Hip Dysplasia

    Australian Shepherd Hip Dysplasia

    Every single breed is going to have some hereditary defects, it is just a fact of life. The Australian Shepherd’s hereditary defects are mainly hip Dysplasia and a number of eye problems that could occur in the breed as well. We are not saying these are the only two, but more often than not it comes down to one of

     
  • Australian Shepherd Eye Problems

    Australian Shepherd Eye Problems

    There are a number of eye problems that should be taken seriously that could arise with this breed. The first being PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). It comes from a recessive gene and can end up causing the dog to go blind eventually. This is a bit easier to spot because both the parents need to be carriers of the gene