As with all dogs, it is important that you maintain regular periodic healthcare.

  • Keep to a regular worming and vaccination programme with your dog (according to current protocols) - especially if intending to use Boarding Kennels, travel abroad etc - and as advised by your Veterinary Surgeon.
  • Keep teeth clean by regular brushing with a proprietary tooth brush and toothpaste, and ensure that the dog can massage its gums and clean its own teeth by providing chews specially made for this purpose (available from all pet shops/dog shows/veterinary surgeries etc).
  • Keep ears free from excess debris by maintaining regular checks and gently cleaning out with the use of proprietary ear cleansers. Make sure that the hair underneath the earflap is kept short to enable as much air as possible to circulate around the opening of the ear canal.
  • Keep to a routine for brushing & combing, so that you can make certain that the skin and coat are kept in a good, healthy condition. As your dog will need some trimming, you should find out the best place to go to keep your dog's coat free from knots and excess feathering (especially around the feet, ears, and neck, underneath legs and rear end). The breeder of your dog should be happy to advise or show you how to do this. For more information, see Guide to Trimming.
  • Keep to a fixed dietary programme best suited to your dogs needs. (e.g. Complete, tinned, natural feeding), making sure that at all times your dog has access to clean, fresh water.
  • Keep to a regular exercise/activity programme, attributable to the age of your ESS and for maintenance of both correct body mass/weight and mental stimulation (working and/or play).
  • Keep an eye open for any signs of problems (e.g excess urination or blood in stools or urine, loss of appetite, excessive drinking, severe coughing, breathing difficulties, vomiting, diarrhoea, changes in behaviour or temperament or any signs of lameness). If you are able to give accurate descriptions of any problems, this will assist your Vet to give a more accurate diagnosis. For more information, please see General Health Guide Check List
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