Progressive Retinal Atrophy
What is PRA?
Atrophy refers to the partial or complete wasting of a body part. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a group of degenerative diseases that affects the photoreceptor cells in the retina. The cells of the affected dog's body can deteriorate over time because of this disease, eventually resulting in the dog becoming blind.
Progressive loss of night vision affecting both eyes
Day vision degeneration
Grey eyes with a slight sheen appear
Walls and unfamiliar obstructions may be bumped into by your dog
Having difficulty going downstairs or jumping down steps
Decreased pigmentation of the eyes
Formation of retinal cataracts
PRA does not currently have an effective treatment available. Antioxidant supplements and vitamins have not shown any measurable effect on this disease, although they are not harmful to your pet. These can typically be used to help reduce stress on the lens cells and to help delay cataract development. Your dog's blindness can be prevented or delayed if the underlying causes such as cataracts or retinal detachment are caught and treated early.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a genetically inherited disease that can change the hip joint function dramatically. Hip dysplasia can cause dysfunction and pain.
Decreased range of motion
Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs
Lameness in the hind end
·Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait
Grating in the joint during movement
Loss of thigh muscle mass
Dogs with hip dysplasia have a variety of treatment options available including:
Supplements for joints
Loving and Affectionate
A well-bred Collie is generally kind, friendly, and gentle.
Playful Collie’s are known for their love of children.
Collies are very affectionate and devoted to their family
Collie coats come in two types: rough (long hair) and smooth (short hair). Despite the rough outer coat, the Rough Collie has a soft, furry undercoat so thick you can't see the skin when the hair is parted.
There are four coat colors of Collie: sable (think Lassie), tricolor (black with white markings and tan shadings), blue merle (silvery blue and black), and white (predominantly white with markings).
Rough Collies need thorough brushing at least twice a week because of their long, full coats.
Collies are very intelligent and can be easy to train, but puppy classes are recommended for general socialization and training.
Scottish Collie dogs are native to the Highland regions, but they were also bred in the Scottish Lowlands and northern England, where they were used primarily as herders. They make great family companions and are still capable herding dogs. Collie dogs are medium-sized (50 to 70 pounds), easily trained, devoted and protective of their families, and friendly with people outside the family circle as well. In addition to being playful and gentle, they make an excellent companion for children. They can be suspicious of strangers, especially if they approach the children of the family, despite their good and friendly nature. Collies can make good watchdogs - they bark - but they’re not aggressive.
Today, the Collie is more likely to be a pampered pet than an all-purpose farm dog. As long as they get plenty of daily exercise, they can adapt well to a variety of home environments. They enjoy relaxing at home with their family as well as playing outside with children. It's not uncommon for the Collie to gather children and pets, chase cars, and bark at people. As well as herding, the loyal Collie excels as an assistant or therapy dog.
In addition to herding trials, agility, obedience, and lure coursing, they excel at other canine sports too. It is well known that Collies make wonderful family pets because they are fond of children. Companionship and regular exercise are essential to these swift, athletic dogs. They can learn quickly and happily with gentle training. Legends surround Collie's loyalty, intelligence, and sterling character.
Rough Collie: Introduction to the Breed
Pet ownership is one of the most important decisions you can make for your family. Before purchasing a puppy, research the available puppies and determine which will fit your family and lifestyle best. You should carefully consider the characteristics you would like in a dog, along with those you would prefer it not to have. Rough Collies have a few things you should know.
Rough Collies are generally:
Friendly with families
Temperament is influenced by several factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. A puppy with a good temperament is curious and playful, eager to approach people and be held. To ensure that they have nice temperaments you're comfortable with, try to meet at least one of the parents.
You can also evaluate a puppy's future by meeting their siblings or other relatives. When the Collie is young, he or she needs early socialization - exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences. Your Collie puppy can become a well-rounded dog with socialization.
What are the Origins of the Rough Collie?
Collie dogs are native to Scotland, primarily the Highlands. Collis, Colley, Coally, and Coaly are names that probably derive from col or coll, the Anglo-Saxon word for black. However, some historians believe that the name comes from the colley, the Scottish, black-faced sheep that the Collie guarded. In terms of size and shape, the original Collies were like today's Border Collies, and they were mostly black in color. The dogs differed greatly in appearance because herding ability was more important than appearance.
Stone Age nomads brought dogs to Southern England, and from these came a hardy, intelligent dog that herded sheep, cattle, goats, and pigs. Two thousand years ago, Roman conquerors brought the Collie's particular ancestors to the British Isles. Collies were saved from obscurity by Queen Victoria. When she visited her Scotland estate in 1860, she fell in love with the Collies' good looks and gentle temperament. The first Collie fad began when she brought some back to England.
Rather than being bred for working ability, the dogs were shown and bred for good looks. In 1860, they were exhibited at a dog show in Birmingham, England, in the class known as "Scotch Sheep-Dogs. The Rough Collie breed is credited with its characteristic type and color thanks to Old Cockie, born in 1867. She introduced the breed's sable coat color. The first Collie was imported to the United States in 1879. As one of the oldest canine specialty clubs, the Collie Club of America was founded on August 26, 1886.
What are the Risks for the Rough Collie Dog Breed?
Like any breed, Collie’s can suffer from health problems during their lifetimes. Even though they may not develop any conditions, it's important to be aware of them if you're considering getting a Collie.
Some health conditions of a Rough Collie can include:
Collie dogs are happy in either city or country if they get enough exercise. It is sufficient to walk daily and play in the yard. They prefer spending time with their family, so a backyard lifestyle isn't ideal for them. Over time, they may bark excessively if left alone. They can also bark their head off when bored, lonely, or otherwise frustrated, which is normal for this herding breed. By allowing the Collie to participate in all family activities and by keeping them mentally challenged through obedience training or dog sports, excessive barking can be avoided or lessened. The Collie is easy to train but needs early socialization to help avoid becoming timid. Every Collie should be trained in obedience, including the "Quiet" command.
Playing with children is a favorite activity for the Rough Collie. As soon as they enter the house, they will be happy to relax with the rest of the family after running as hard as they can outside. Despite the Rough Collie's love for the outdoors, they can thrive in a small apartment or house as long as they get daily exercise. Rough Collie dogs are known for their loyalty and nurturing personalities, but they are also fiercely independent. Owners should work with their independent tendencies rather than against them. It may help to let your Rough Collie run around in a fenced area every day.
Despite your best efforts, Rough Collie’s can still get sick, even if you do everything in your power to keep them healthy. Due to this, it's essential to be prepared for the things you cannot control. At Spot
Pet Insurance, our number one priority is helping you give your dog the long, happy, and healthy life they deserve. Reach out today and request a free pet insurance quote to learn more about our range of well-rounded plan options for your Rough Collie.