I had never heard of Border Collie Collapse (BCC) until last week when a friend said that their good, young Border Collie suffered from it! Apparently, they thought that their Border Collie was suffering from heat stress and wobbling after working until other symptoms developed such as swaying, staggering, choppy gait and disorientation. Episodes may manifest after as little as 5 minutes and up to 15 minutes after intense work with recovery varying from 5 to 30 minutes. Dr. Sue Taylor of University of Saskatchewan has performed comparative testing with normal Border Collies and Border Collies with BCC to see what the physical, neurologic and orthopedic differences are after intense exercise ( herding & ball chasing). So far she has not been able to pin point any differences.
The University of Minnesota is, also, working to solve the mystery behind BCC and working on isolating the gene that causes BCC. BCC has been found in the UK, Australia, Canada and USA. Studying affected Border Collie pedigrees has determined that BCC is inherited. Labradors have a DNA testing program for Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) that is very similar to BCC. http://agilitynet.co.uk/health/bordercollapse.html
Lise Andersen DVM of Colorado Springs, CO and Border Collie owner is organizing a fund raising Sheepdog Trial to raise money for continued research of BCC at the University of Minnesota. If you would like to donate to the fund raiser you can contact Lise at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has spent her own time and resources to collect blood samples for the University of Minnesota DNA data base in order to develop a DNA marker to identify BCC carriers. All samples sent to the University of Minnesota for the study are kept confidential. This is a great opportunity to get ahead of this disorder, identify it and insure the health and longevity of the Border Collie.
To donate to the BCC research You can go to the University of Minnesota website to download the forms for blood samples from Normal Border Collies:
For affected Border Collies:
Submission of samples protocol:
To watch a video of Border Collies affected by BCC: