The Australian Shepherd suffers from relatively few genetic disorders; however it is important to note that the breed (as with any breed) is not free of specific health issues.
The most common health issues for Aussies include:
MDR1 [Multi-drug sensitivity]
Talk to the breeder about these potential problems, and consult your veterinarian for more information. Always have your new puppy/dog examined by your veterinarian. Note that despite a breeder's best efforts to test and screen all breeding stock for inherited defects some health issues may still arise. Health problems are often influenced by environmental factors such as diet, exercise, obesity, over vaccination, early spay/neuter, intoxicants, pollutants, chemicals and insecticides. A good breeder will provide a health guarantee against inherited defects and be there to support you if a problem comes up.
Visit our Health Links page to find more information on health problems that Australian Shepherds can be susceptible to. The best information sources you can use are your veterinarian and your breeder; if in doubt get a second opinion, and have tests done.