Breed Health

The Border Terrier Breed Health Page from the UK has explanations and updates on both SLEM (Shaking Puppy Syndrome) and CECS (Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome):

There is also an International Health Group on Facebook, which has a comprehensive and regularly updated list of dogs from all over the world which have been tested for SLEM


October 2019 - Additional information in a new paper on CECS:


August 2019 - GALL BLADDER MUCOCELE IN BORDER TERRIERS. Basic information about this disease which has started to appear in Border Terriers throughout the world. Please click on the link to read more about it. There is a Facebook page with up to date news:¬if_id=1572202712132315¬if_t=group_activity


February 2018 - NEW STUDY ON PAROXYSMAL GLUTEN-SENSITIVE DYSKINESIA IN BORDER TERRIERS (CECS). The latest paper on paroxysmal gluten-sensitive dyskinesia (PGSD) in the Border Terrier (previously named CECS) is out. Congratulations to Mark Lowrie from Dovecote Veterinary Hospital (UK) for putting this study together on 120 Border Terriers.


November 2017 - The Kennel Club UK now lists results from the DNA tests for SLEM being done by the Animal Health Trust:


October 2017 has seen a major breakthrough in health testing for our dogs. Please click on the link below and read the details of SLEM and what is being done to eradicate the problem:




Contact Details

Lizzy Pattinson
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Email : [email protected]