Shetland Sheepdog – Disease Predisposition

Shetland Sheepdog


Cardiovascular conditions

Patent ductus arteriosus

Dermatological conditions

Cutaneous histiocytosis
Superficial bacterial folliculitis
Malassezia dermatitis
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Discoid lupus erythematosus
Familial canine dermatomyositis
Idiopathic ulcerative dermatosis in Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies
Canine uveodermatological syndrome
  • Also known as Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome
Colour-dilution alopecia

Drug reactions

Ivermectin and milbemycin

Endocrine conditions


Gastrointestinal conditions

Haemorrhagic gastroenteritis

Haematological/immunological conditions

Von Willebrand’s disease
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Haemophilia B
Musculoskeletal conditions
Carpal ligament weakening
Canine idiopathic polyarthritis
Congenital scapulohumeral luxation
Congenital elbow luxation
Angular deformity of the tibia
Calcaneoquartal subluxation due to plantar tarsal ligament rupture
Hip dysplasia
  • Eighteenth worst mean-scoring breed in the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme as of October 2001
Superficial digital flexor tendon luxation

Neoplastic conditions

Canine cutaneous histiocytoma
Basal cell tumour
Nasal cavity tumours
Testicular neoplasia

Neurological conditions

Congenital deafness

Ocular conditions

Micropalpebral fissure
Entropion (usually lower lids, may be associated with micropalpebral fissure)
Nodular episclerokeratitis
Congenital, sub-epithelial, geographic corneal dystrophy
Corneal (epithelial) dystrophy
Persistent pupillary membranes
Uveodermatological syndrome
  • Also known as Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-like syndrome
Central progressive retinal atrophy (CPRA) or retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy (RPED)
Generalised progressive retinal atrophy (GPRA)
Optic nerve hypoplasia
Optic nerve colobomas
Multiple ocular defects

Physiological conditions

Schirmer tear test

Reproductive conditions

Testicular neoplasia
Azoospermia with spermatogenic arrest

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