Thanks Ariel for your information. I am a cavalier breeder -- a reputable one, not a backyard or kennel breeder! I have sent out information before about responsible breeders and signs to look for in a breeder and the proper testing with the proper specialist that should be done prior to any breeding of a cavalier. I always tell people, that while any living creature can develop issues at some point in their life, there is a difference in taking chances and working with odds of well bred animals who are cleared of any defects/conditions and have a line that has also been cleared. People who are interested in purchasing cavaliers often let price be their deciding factor, unfortunately this is a red flag as the testing can be costly but well worth the price. I always educate my new owners with a ton of information about the breed, and I am always happy to help anyone with any questions. Another good site is www.cavalierhealth.org
Subject: [cavalierspaniel-54] RE Local Breeders
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Date: Sat, 3 Dec[masked]:23:01 -0500
Cavaliers are a breed whose health is in serious trouble so while going somewhere local is convenient, I would strongly urge anyone getting a Cav puppy to look for breeders doing the proper health tests (MRI and heart clear at 2.5 before breeding, CERF for eyes, hip and patella checked) even if they have to travel, and even if they have to wait. Otherwise they are putting themselves at serious risk of heartbreak if their dog comes down with SM or early onset MVD (both conditions extremely prevalent in Cavaliers), and having to make the difficult decision between expensive surgery or putting their beloved pet down to put them out of their (often extreme) misery. Following the proper breeding protocols can greatly minimize the chances of this happening.
I would recommend sending them this resource to help find a healthy puppy:
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