Unfortunately the lovely KC registered Cavalier boy we got back the end of May has an undershot jaw. I missed it when picking him and kicked myself for not checking. So taken by his cranium length and general head shape, I totally forgot to check inside his mouth. At first I noticed it was just a bit undershot, and hope it might improve with his adult teeth, but it has not.
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel was only split from the King Charles Spaniel (an intentionally undershot bred breed) in 1942, so in Cavaliers we still tend to get undershot jaws popping up more so than in other breeds. Breeding from an undershot dog is for me a no no. I personally don't agree with breeding dogs deliberately with this problem, even if it is part of their breed standard, and using a dog that has an undershot jaw you are pretty well certain to breed dogs with this problem and potentially worse than Pi has. So Pi will be castrated in due course.
Pi is now just over 5 months old and is most probably going to have a long healthy life, and with his adult teeth down, the undershot jaw does not cause him any major issues to eat, pick things up or play. He is a very sweet gentle boy, a true Cavalier in nature. Easy to train, sits on command and downs with a treat. He has been very quick to housetrain and is house clean. We would consider rehoming him to the right home. If interested in Pi phone me (Jane) on 01769 560969 for a no pressure chat. This has not been an easy decision to make, so please only contact me if you really think you can give this very genuine sweet natured dog the wonderful home he deserves.
The photos are of him taken today. He is a big Cavalier at nearly 12 kilos, but a very laid back soft natured chap.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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