The East Anglian Collie Association is a pro-
Since 2007, the Kennel Club has required every Breed Club to elect a Health Coordinator
to keep abreast of breed health and offer advice on any initiatives being taken by
the Clubs in promoting the breeding of healthy Collies, with the long-
This clause is in line with the Kennel Club’s slogan of:
‘Fit for Function, Fit for Life’.
The Club’s Code of Ethics states that:
‘Stud Dogs and Brood Bitches shall be in good health and condition and ideally free from hereditary defects. Due consideration shall be given to type and temperament before breeding a litter. Members shall strive to eradicate hereditary defects from the breed’
It is important to note that, despite the few known inherited
problems, both Rough and Smooth Collies are relatively healthy breeds. Their Breed Standards were carefully drawn up in the 1880's, to take account of the Collie's original working form and function. A few minor amendments have been made to the Standard over the years, but nothing that should give rise to concern in terms of exaggeration of type or health.