Barring the occurrence of any terminal health conditions, a Golden Retriever Collie mix is expected to live for between 12 to 15 years.
Common Health Issues
The Gollie, like most other mixed pooches, was partly bred to counter health issues commonly found in the parent breed dogs, and it is safe to say that this has been achieved to a reasonable extent.
However, this is not to say that the Golden Retriever Border Collie mix isn’t without its own health challenges. And poor living conditions combined with an inadequate diet and a host of other factors can make this pooch really sick.
That said, some of the health challenges that the Gollie is predisposed to include:
The Gollie, being a medium-sized dog, is predisposed to hip dysplasia, a painful condition in which the ball and socket in the pooch’s hip joint don’t develop or fit well.
Hip dysplasia is mostly a genetic condition, but inappropriate exercising, excessive weight gain and an imbalanced diet can trigger its occurrence in Gollies.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Both the Border Collie and Golden Retriever are prone to suffering from Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and the Gollie, unfortunately, is susceptible to this condition as well.
PRA in Gollies occurs when nerve cells responsible for sight in the pooch’s eyes gradually die, thereby leading to the dog’s partial or permanent blindness. Unfortunately, there is no treatment available for this condition in pooches, but Gollies suffering from this condition typically adapt well to the loss of sight.
Canine epilepsy is one of the most commonly reported neurological disorders in dogs, and the Gollie is on a long list of pooches that are susceptible to this condition.
A Gollie is said to be epileptic if it suffers repeated episodes of seizures that impair normal brain function. Epilepsy in Gollies is typically inherited, but it can also be caused by brain trauma, brain tumors or kidney failure.
Other Health Issues
A Gollie is also prone to suffering from health conditions such as: