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Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd Dog was developed to be a working dog, specifically to assist with the herding of animals. The breed was introduced to the United States in the 1800?s, accompanying the Basque Shepherds that emigrated from Australia. The origin of the Basques began in the Spanish Styrene?s and the breed?s ancestry may be traced back to the Spanish Shepherd dogs that lived during the early days of the United State?s colonization.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration

Australia / NZ statistics:
Only small numbers were tested - they were all clear - keep checking this page for updates
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Collie Eye Anomaly / Choroidal Hyperplasia

Australia / NZ statistics:
11.8% of dogs tested were either carriers - keep checking this page for updates

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Hereditary Cataract (Dominant)

Australia / NZ statistics:
26.8% of dogs tested were either affected or carriers - keep checking this page for updates

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Multi Drug Sensitivity including Ivermectin

Australia / NZ statistics:
56.9% of dogs tested were either affected or carriers - keep checking this page for updates

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MERLE

Australia / NZ statistics:
No information is currently available - keep checking this page for updates

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Natural Bob Tail

Australia / NZ statistics:
35.7% of dogs tested were either affected or carriers - keep checking this page for updates

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Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies