Australian Cattle Dogs live to be 12 to 15 years old. They are generally really healthy dogs. Some issues to watch out for are:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy is an inherited disease that effects the retina of the eye. PRA is often first noticed as night blindness. Over time, the dog could become compeletely blind.
- Hip Displaysia
- Hip Displaysia happens when the ball and socket of the hip joints don't fit together correctly. This is a very serious problem with Australian Cattle Dogs so it is very important to find a breeder that that screens their breeding stock.
- Elbow Displaysia
- Elbow Displaysia is a congenital bone disease. It is when there is an abnormal cartilage to bone transformation.
- While this is not common, it can still happen. Reputable breeders do their best to test the hearing of all litters.
- Primary Lens Luxation
- Primary Lens Luxation is a disorder that is caused by weakened zonular fibers which lead to luxation of the lens. Depending on where this lens moves, it could cause permanent blindness for the dog. This condition is very painful and usually shows up between 3 and 6 years of age.