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Health screening on Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

  • Telephone: +353876413721
  • Address: Kilmeaden
  • City / Town: Waterford
  • County: Waterford
  • Listed: April 26, 2020 3:46 pm
  • Expires: 26 days, 17 hours
Cavalier King Charles Ireland


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel buyers should read this carefully so that when they purchase a puppy, it should have all the health screening done as they are a minefield of hereditary genetic problems. Breeders tend to pull the wool over the buyers’ eyes and tell them that parents are heart tested, and that’s all that has to be done. They should carry the following tests out, Heart, very necessary for any murmurs which will later almost certainly lead to Mitral Valve Disease. Eyes should have clearance from Opthomologist for Hereditary Cataracts and multifocal Retinal Dysplasia. Also, they should carry out DNA tests for Dry Eye, Curly Coat and Episodic Syndrome. I also have my stud dog hip scored, which is not a serious problem in Cavaliers, but still, it occurs. Also, Luxating Patellers can be dealt with surgically, which in layman terms is slipping knee caps found in most breeds and will not cause euthanisation. As for the DNA tests, they are an absolute must because they are so serious. Episodic Syndrome is a neurological condition, seems to be unique to CKCS. It is recessive hereditary, often mistaken for seizures.

Dry Eye is a painful condition and can lead to deep ulcers, blindness and often the loss of eyes. Curly Coat is a severe congenital condition of the skin and coat. The actual tests are simply mouth swabs sent to a Laboratory in the U.K. with the results a week later.

Reliable genetic testing is a must for this breed to eliminate hereditary genetic defects from all CKCS bloodlines. I hope this helps CKCS puppy buyers to be more careful about what puppies they bring into their homes which could, in the long run, cost them thousands of dollars/euro whatever currency and is for the good of the cavalier in question which otherwise may need euthanising which is the worst possible situation as it affects everybody.

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