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Health Issues in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

In the process of producing any purebred animal, it is necessary to do a certain amount of inbreeding.  Although this is necessary to produce the desirable traits of the breed, it also tends to increase the incidence of certain health problems.  Fortunately, if a disease is genetic, the probability that it will occur can be minimized by testing the parents that are used for breeding.

In Cavaliers, there are four major health concerns for which we can test the parents:

We at Blackfire Cavaliers require the same testing for the stud dogs that we use as we do on our breeding bitches.  We recommend that anyone seeking a Cavalier puppy ask the breeder for copies of the health clearances on both parents.  Heart, eye and hip clearances should be from specialists, and all but the hip clearances should be dated within a year of the breeding.

There is a fifth disease that any prospective puppy owner should be aware of:

For more in-depth information on any of the above diseases, please visit the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Infocenter

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