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Aussie Genetics

Below is a list of genetic disorders that have been found in some Australian Shepherds. This list was compiled by C.A. Sharp helix@qnis.net C.A. is one of the wonderful people doing research and is on the leading edge of Aussie genetics.

Eyes:
   ~ Collie Eye Anomolies
   ~ Cataracts
   ~ Iris Coloboma
   ~ Distichiasis
   ~ Persistent Pupillary Membranes
   ~ Merle Occular Dysgenesis
   ~ Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Bone:
   ~ Hip dysplasia
   ~ Osteochondritis Desicans

Blood:
   ~ Von Willebrand's Disease
   ~ Hemophilia A & B

Dental:
   ~ Overshot and Undershot Bites
   ~ Wry mouth
   ~ Missing Premolars and sometimes
      Molars
   ~ Dropped Center Incisors

Heart Defects:
   ~ Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Liver Defect:
   ~ Porto Systemic Shunt

Nervous system:
   ~ Idiopathic Epilepsy

Click here to read Epilepsy: One Dog's Story  and What Breeders Don't Like To Talk About, published in the USASA Journal. Lots of links to Epilepsy websites.

Endocrine System:
   ~ Hypothyroidism
   ~ Lupus
   ~ Generalized Demodex

Other:
   ~ Cryptorchidism

 

For a detailed explanation of the above, please feel free to use this link to Western Hills Australian Shepherds Genetics page. Heidi Mobley, Western Hills owner, has spent many months doing research on the diseases and has written excellent descriptions of the diseases which she has allowed us to share. Please use your browsers "back" button to return here!

masbullet.gif The Dog Genome Project
masbullet.gif Basic Body Colors of Australian Shepherds
masbullet.gif Inheritance of Color in Australian Shepherd Dogs - Lisa McDonald
masbullet.gif Veterinary Partner dot com an online search engine for pet health questions http://www.veterinarypartner.com - an EXCELLENT resource page!
masbullet.gif Guide to Genetic Diseases in Dogs
masbullet.gif UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
masbullet.gif Veterinary Ophthalmology Services
masbullet.gif American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology
masbullet.gif Importance of Complete Pedigrees
masbullet.gif The Canine Diversity Project
masbullet.gif Hereditary Defects in Australian Shepherds
masbullet.gif CEA & I - a paper on Collie Eye Anomoly - C.A. Sharp
masbullet.gif OFA - Searchable database for certified dogs
masbullet.gif CERF
masbullet.gif Health Gene Corporation - Infectious Conditions Associated With Loss Of Pregnancy In The Bitch (and other DNA info)
masbullet.gif VetGen Genetic Information
masbullet.gif AVAR's Guide to Genetic Diseases in Dogs
masbullet.gif Canine Genetics & Health
masbullet.gif Dog Genome Project - A scientific study of the chromosomes in dogs
masbullet.gif Canine Epilepsy & Thyroid Information

Also visit our Aussie Health page for many links to health related websites!

For even more information about Aussies and genetic problems found in the breed visit  the ASHGI website by clicking on the logo at the left.  http://www.ashgi.org/
And click here to read the 10 steps to a healthier Australian Shepherd breed that some Aussie breeders are now following in order to help stamp out genetic problems in our breed!

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