Cavalier Clubs throughout the world are active in fighting diseases and disorders in this beloved breed by providing health clinics, funding breed specific research and delivering breed education programs. The findings from surveys performed by the late George A. Padgett, DVM, Veterinary Pathologist & Professor Emeritus at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Michigan State University and author of Control of Canine Genetic Diseases, indicate that mixed-breed dogs have more genetic diseases than purebred dogs. There are 215 known diseases in mixed-breed dogs, with 71 percent of them having defective genes. The idea that a mixed-breed dog is likely to have fewer genetic diseases than a purebred is a misconception.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally healthy, sturdy, small dogs. However, as with many other pure bred dogs, there are specific areas of health that can be of concern. We believe that all Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeders should be knowledgeable in these areas. We also believe that an individual who is looking to become a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owner is a person that has spent the time learning about this breed prior to becoming an ower and is aware of potential health issues.
It is important that you understand these health issues, especially as your pet ages. You are often your dog’s best line of defense against disease, because you’ll be the first to notice any changes in your dog’s behavior or sense of well being.
Our Parent Club website provides information about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in general and the Charitable Trust website provides information regarding potential health concerns with this breed. The following "Links" are a few websites we have identified which provide general inforamtion about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and/or the health and well being of canines in general and specifically our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. We hope you are able to find a few minutes to check out some of these sites as they provide a wealth of information.