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Welcome to the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Charitable Trust website.  Most often we are simply referred to as "The Trust" or "The Charitable Trust".  The Charitable Trust was started in 2002 by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club "for the protection of the health of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel". 


We hope that our website will become the 'go to' website for information regarding all things related to the health of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Here you will find  information that Veterinarians, Breeders, Owners and potential owners will find interesting and informative.  Please visit often as new information is added when it becomes available to us.

Additionally anyone actively engaged or preparing to do research that directly or indirectly relates to health issues of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should check out our Grants Tab.  Your next research project just might be funded by the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Charitable Trust.

SM Study Update

To identify chromosomal regions associated with Chiari-Like Malformation and Syringomyelia
in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with the long-term goal of developing genetic tests for use
by breeders to reduce disease prevalence.  Our goal to collect data on 50 dogs; at time of writing we have MRI data on 53 dogs and sensory threshold data on 47 dogs with 3 more dogs scheduled to undergo testing and MRI.

The second part of the project, collecting DNA on 192 dogs with MRIs to perform a genome wide association study. Progress on this goal has been slower than anticipated with only 96 samples to date. We really need any help that you can give us to recruit additional participants.


(Click on the picture above to be taken to the complete progress report.)


* If you or someone you know would like to participate in this study to help us obtain the other 96 participants needed please contact Bettina (Tina) Sterling at

Auction Items Needed

As you do your holiday shopping please remember the Charitable Trust.  When you find that special Cavalier item for that special Cavalier person, or your club's gift exchange, purchase a second one for the Charitable Trust Auction.  We always  need items for both the daily silent auctions and for the auctions on Thursday evening (silent or Live).  Remember we can't have successful auctions if we don't have special items to bid on. 

2nd Cavalier Breed Survey

The ACKCSC Parent Club and Charitable Trust are very excited to announce that our Second Health Survey is finally complete and available for distribution to all Cavalier Breeders and owners both here in the United States and throughout the world.  This survey is completely secure and anonymous (results will be reviewed and stored by West Chester University). 

Health Survey

Health ButtonClick on the above picture to take the Health Survey.

The survey will run until enough participants have completed the survey. A word of caution, once you begin the survey, you need to complete it all the way through or the form will reset to blanks.  You may want to go through the survey screen by screen so you can view the questions prior to entering data.  

This survey will be compared to the First Survey to see if the trends are the same or have shifted in different direction.   We will be able to review the data and a report will be generated once data collection is complete.

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