I received the update (below) the beginning of August (That's how far I'm behind on here) from Helen who has the very handsome Otto, who reminds me of his Grandfather Toby (pure Cavalier), if Toby had more length of muzzle. Otto is from Puddin' and Teagol's litter of seven tricoloured pups.
Otto unfortunately had an undescended testicle and when it was looked for, all that was found was a mass of cells (believed to be a vestigial testicle) stuck to an abdominal artery. Otto is from a litter of seven pups, four being girls and three boys, Ted having both testicles descended, Gwyn had a retained testicle that was located and removed when castrated and Otto having a vestigial testicle. The first time I have had a report back of one of our dogs having a vestigial testicle. I know it has been and is a worrying time for Helen waiting to know if he will need surgery and the risks involved if he does need surgery again. They are in my thoughts and Helen is keeping me posted.
The last time I had a litter with retained testicles was Blottie with Casper and as Casper had a pup with a retained testicle with another bitch before and he dropped a puppy with Puppy Strangles in each litter. He was castrated and now lives with one of his daughters Megan. The term for an undescended testicle/testicles is Cryptorchidism. It is a bit of a disappointment to see that the pairing of Teagol and Puddin' produced two pups with this condition, especially as they produced such a stunning litter together. It is seen in many species domesticated and wild populations. This article Cryptorchidism is complicated with data of this condition in purebreds from the Netherlands. The data shows us that when both parents were known to produce pups with retained testicles, classified as carriers (CxC) produced significantly larger litters and also significantly more males than females, than when parents were classified as non-carriers, normal (NxN) and when one parent was a carrier and one was normal (CxN).
Otto is just fabulous. Loved and admired wherever we go. He's very adaptable too. We have stayed in 3 self catering cottages and 1 hotel so far this year and he settles really easily. He's very good in pubs and restaurants too! And brilliant with kids. So soft mouthed and gentle, giving up his ball so it can be thrown by a child again and again.
We're working towards Kennel Club Bronze currently and the trainers love him as he's so keen to learn.
The only cloud hanging over us at the moment is whether Otto needs another operation. He had his descended testicle removed in a normal castration, but the vets couldn't find an obvious second retained testicle anywhere. All they found was a mass of cells stuck to an abdominal artery, which they believe is a vestigial testicle. He has to have a rig test in the next few weeks to see what his testosterone levels are and whether he is still producing the hormone from these cells. If he is, he will have to have an op to remove the tissue from his artery. The vet said we can't risk leaving it because testicular cells heating up in the abdomen represent a significant cancer risk.
We're obviously very worried, but have to hope he will be in safe hands with a specialist surgeon.
Anyway, I'll keep you posted as I know you're always interested.
Attached are some recent pics of Otto, including in a pub on his birthday (!) which I think show he has a good likeness of both mum and dad, both in looks and his loving personality.
Helen, Al, Romilly and Otto xx
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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