Just read an interesting article over at CavalierHealth.org by Clare Rusbridge about Chiari-like malformation (CM) and syringomyelia (SM). Note she says, "The condition is most common in Cavalier King Charles spaniels (CKCS) and their crosses (eg, cavapoos), especially if the cross is with a smaller dog than a CKCS." So, for those wanting a Cavapoo, the cross that will produce a better outcome for health is with the Miniature Poodle and not the diminutive Toy Poodle. I have warned about crossing the Cavalier with breeds smaller than them, and that it could aggravate health issues already in the breed. The main reason for crossing should be to improve health, not to create extremes, such as a dog that looks like a tiny teddy bear. If you want a tiny teddy bear, go and buy a stuffed toy, not a dog.
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Welcome to this blog. I am Jane, a hobby breeder, situated in North Devon, England, UK (map at bottom of page ,shows where we are) on a quest to breed a healthier small spaniel similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
WE DO NOT EXPORT PUPPIES
Why I don't export
Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol