November 5, 2018

Selecting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Selecting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

For both dog breeders and dog owners, the selection of the specific type of dog to own is extremely important. In a study published in January of 2018, called “Assessing the relative importance of health and conformation traits in the cavalier king Charles spaniel” the authors surveyed 114, 111 of them were cavalier king Charles spaniel owners and 46 of the owners also were King Charles spaniel breeders. In the study, they had cavalier king Charles spaniel owners and breeders rank the most desirable traits/lack of traits. On the questionnaire, owners and breeders had the option to rank characteristics of cavalier king Charles spaniel including the presence of syringomyelia, mitral valve disease, eye shape, level of inbreeding, eye disease, muzzle length, coat color, and price. The authors presented the results in a series of ways, combining both breeders and owners as well as separating them. In addition, within each trait, they surveyed the desirability of different levels of the traits. The general trend of desirable traits for both breeders and owners were characterized as the lack of health issues as the most important followed by the physical traits. The most desired trait overall was the tested and absence of Syringomyelia, followed by the tested and absence of mitral valve disease, then prominent eye shape, lower level of inbreeding, tested and absence of eye disease, medium muzzle length, and finally coat color that was in between lines. This review was to help potential cavalier king Charles spaniel to help select their specific dog. 

 

Review by Matt Halper

 

 

Original Study:

Wijnrocx K, François L, Goos P, Buys N, Janssens S. Assessing the relative importance of health and conformation traits in the cavalier king Charles spaniel. Canine Genet Epidemiol. 2018;5:1. Published 2018 Jan 23. doi:10.1186/s40575-017-0056-2

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5778675/