Just took a look at the facebook page "Cavaliers Are Special" to see these very interesting statistics for litters being registered with the Kennel Club (KC) from parents under 30 months old when mated. Remember the world recommendations and the KC recommendations for breeding from Cavaliers to help with improving Mitrial Valve Degeneration (MVD) in the breed is not to breed from a Cavalier until 2.5 years old, which is 30 months old.
These statistics speak for themselves. They show that show breeders in general are taking very little more care in breeding Cavaliers, as those who don't breed for the show ring and categorically shows that the KC should be making it mandatory that Cavaliers should not breed until 2.5 years old and that they must be Cardiologist Vet examined before being bred from to register litters with them.
Ten years ago the Cavalier Club brought in breeding recommendations for MVD in Cavaliers and the figures above show that as I have said before (Not to put too fine a point on it) "That breeding recommendations are as much use as pissing into the wind."
Keep signing the petition please :
Just worked out an interesting statistic from the statistics for litter registering of Cavaliers. Over the last four years the average litter size for Cavaliers for all litters registered is 3.8 per litter and for Cavalier Club members the average litter size is an even more dismal 3.6 pups. It was 4 (Which is not brilliant) and looks like it will at this rate soon be an average of 3 or even below. Fertility is a big pointer to breed health and a big red warning light that you are doing something wrong. How wrecked does a breed have to be before the KC and breed club wake up ? From where I'm standing the answer looks like, "Totally !"
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Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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