The Australian Cattle Dog can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Portosystemic shunt which is a condition where the blood does not pass through the liver normally, which leads to toxin build-up.
- Congenital deafness
- Eczema which is a problem where the skin can become sore and itchy, often triggered by an allergen.
- Glaucoma¹ which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up.
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Urolithiasis which is when stones form in the urinary tract and can cause pain.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
- DNA test for progressive retinal atrophy which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.
- Eye screening scheme
¹D. A. J. Johnsen, D. J. Maggs & P. H. Kass, 'Evaluation of risk factors for development of secondary glaucoma in dogs: 156 cases (1999–2004)', October 2006, Vol. 229, No. 8, Pages 1270-1274, Abstract Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.229.8.1270