It is important to note that the Smooth Collie is fortunately a very healthy breed and that the Breed Standards were carefully drawn up in the 1880s to take account of the original purpose and function of the breed. Although minor amendments have been made to these Standards over the years, there is nothing to give rise to concern in terms of exaggeration of type. The Smooth Collie is currently classed as Category 1 (no points of concern) on The Kennel Club’s Breed Watch.
The information found here is directed at breeders and anyone considering buying a Smooth Collie should discuss health issues with the breeder of the puppy.
The Kennel Club now requires every breed club to elect a Health Co-ordinator to advise them on any initiatives being taken to promote the breeding of healthy dogs and the possible elimination of inherited conditions.
Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain
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