What an awful 9 months it has been for dog breeders. You ask, "What do you mean Jane? Have you not seen the prices they are asking for puppies?" Ah, you misunderstand the context I am using 'awful ' in. Covid 19 has shown that for the best part that dog breeders are a bunch of profiteering charlatans. I feel ashamed to be a dog breeder.
The price hiking is one thing, but also the outright fraud they use to sell their pups. The biggest I continually see is 'Fully health tested Cavalier litter' 'Fully' is a precise word to use a bit like 'Never', both words when used are more often than not an over statement. Fully means completely or entirely; to the fullest extent. I click on the advert in hope, but I'm soon disappointed to see as most often happens, all they have done is run a load of DNA tests, which only a handful are relevant to the Cavalier. I have written about DNA tests before The fallacy of health tests in the Cavalier. Some say the parents are heart checked and very rarely, one of the parents might have had a MRI scan. I think over the years, I have only seen one litter advertised where both parents had been MRI scanned.
So what would a 'Fully health tested litter' look like if advertised. Well, it would have to start with the most important health check and the most likely thing for a Cavalier to suffer from and die from screening for Mitral Heart Disease MVD, both parents should have been doppler heart scanned using the KC Heart Scheme. The second most common disease for Cavaliers to suffer Chiari-like Malformation/Syringomyelia CM/SM, parents should have been MRI scanned and graded for CM/SM, then eye examined, hip scored, elbow scored using the BVA Canine Health Schemes. Rounding off with grading of the parents patellas (kneecaps). They might then be able to use the heading 'Fully health tested.' I have never seen a litter of Cavaliers yet with parents having all those tests.
So when you see an advert saying "Fully health tested' and if the parents have not had all the health checks I have mentioned above, it's blatant fraud, because it is an intentional deception to secure an unfair gain. You pay a premium price because you believe you are buying puppies from fully health checked parents. I would think if you buy a Cavalier puppy from an advert stating 'Fully health tested' and the puppy gets one of the conditions above and you can prove the parents were not screened for it. You could possible have a legal case against them. With the money people are parting with to buy Cavaliers now, we may see such legal challenges in the future. I for one would welcome it.
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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