The Kennel Club (KC) and BVA have launched a survey to gather views on health testing from breeders of cavalier King Charles spaniels.

Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Survey aims to gather views on health testing from breeders of cavalier King Charles spaniels. IMAGE: “Dog In The Grass” by Filip B. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

A screening scheme for Chiari malformation and syringomyelia has taken place over the past three years, during which around 200 KC-registered cavalier King Charles spaniels have been graded.

Awareness and attitudes

Now, the KC and BVA would like to understand breeders’ awareness and attitudes towards the scheme.

Any breeder who has bred a litter of cavalier King Charles spaniels since 2012 can take part in the survey, which will be available until midnight on 6 December.

More than 1,000 breeders have already been contacted who have registered a litter since 2012.

Two-way dialogue

The KC is keen for other breeders who do not register their litters with the club to take the survey to help build a stronger picture on the practice of health testing in the breed.

Information gathered from the survey will help the KC and BVA to enhance the scheme, including the development of an ongoing two-way dialogue between the KC and the cavalier community, to find ways to urgently address health concerns.

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