Dorsetdog - Breeding cavaliers
Cavaliers are generally a happy, healthy breed of dog. However, as with many other breeds, there are genetic health problems. A lot of scientific research is being carried out on cavalier health issues and some breakthroughs have already to the fore.
Any owner of a cavalier who wishes to breed from a cavalier should be health testing for all the know conditions
The main health problems in the breed are:
Mitral Valve Disease of the heart (MVD) - Click this link to open the Cavalier Club's page on MVD
Syringomyelia (SM) - Click here to download a pamphlet
Chiari-like malformation (CM) - Click here to download a pamphlet
Eye – Hereditary Cataract & Multi-focal Retinal Dysplasia (MRD) - Click here to open the Cavalier Club's page on MRD
Dry Eye and Curly Coat (DE/CC) - Click here to download a pamphlet
Episodic Falling (EF) - Click here to download a pamphlet
Click here to download the Kennel Club press release on the DNA test
More detailed information can be found at the UK Cavalier Clubs website http://www.thecavalierclub.co.uk/health/helthintro.html
Cavaliers for life is an International Genetic Research Program
When buying a cavalier, one should check that the parents have been tested for various health tests.
To discuss any cavalier issue, to seek advice, or simply to read other people’s advice on cavalier ownership, visit Cavalier Chat. This forum is dedicated to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and its members are pet owners, show and breeders with a wide range of knowledge and years of experience.