Genetic Diversity in Cavaliers

Perhaps one of the most important considerations in sustainable pedigreed dog breeding today is “genetic diversity” which refers to the total number of genetic characteristics in the genetic makeup of a species. Why is genetic diversity important in dog breeds?  As a breed loses genetic diversity it increases its chances of negative breed specific traits

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Estimated Breeding Values

Everything we see or measure from an animal (a dog) is the sum of the genetic predisposition of an animal as well as numerous environmental influences.  For breeding, only the genetic predisposition is important. Our own measurements and the performance of an animal are not enough to accurately predict the genetic predisposition of an animal. 

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General Health Conditions

The following are some more common health issues in dogs, in general and not considered specific to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, nor considered inherited in the breed at this time.  Allergies: like people dogs can have allergies. They can manifest in different ways, some dogs may have skin problems, others may have itchy eyes

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What You Should Know About Lungworm

So, your Cavalier is coughing and gagging. You’ve had him/her to the vet and they’ve ruled out the usual suspects such as congestive heart disease, kennel cough or something caught it the gullet. Hey that happens particularly in Cavaliers who will eat anything! Your vet is perplexed and you’ve done virtually every test suggested. So,

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Mitral Valve Disease

The heart consists of 4 chambers, 2 atria and 2 ventricles, with the atrioventricular valves ensuring that blood flows from the atria to the ventricles when the heart is beating. Blood is supposed to flow one way with the valves working to ensure this ….  Chronic Valve Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of heart

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How to Travel with a Cavalier

As I’ve already established, flying with a Cavalier can be tricky.  Brachycephalic syndrome can affect dogs with shortened muzzles, creating respiratory issues. Although there are exceptions to airline pet travel, brachycephalic animals have been banned from traveling in the cargo hold on some commercial flights due to the increased potential for asphyxiation. Cavaliers are often

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