A research article has just been published by UK researchers which points to two aspects of the Cavalier skull conformation that is thought to be associated with the development of the painful condition Syringomyelia (SM). The link is to the website CavalierHEALTH.org :
and you can follow the links on the article for July 2014 and you can read the research paper in full.
I was sent this update in research by two people and thank them. I regularily check CavalierHealth.org for health updates as this website I find one of the best for up to date information on research about Cavalier health issues and also thank the people who have put their heart and soul into providing this valueable resource to Cavalier breeders and owners.
The other link is to a youtube video which shows the head shape of a Cavalier clear of SM over five years old and it then morphs into the head shape of a Cavalier with SM much younger.
You will note that the skull in the Cavalier with SM is much shorter in length, as SM devoloping from the research is more common in Cavaliers with broader skulls and shorter in length (which has confirmed what many of us have known for a long time) and although a short nose is thought not an indicator of SM, one thing I noted was how short the nose is of the Cavalier with SM and at first glance without seeing the morph I would of almost thought that it was not a Cavalier, but a King Charles Spaniel and confirms to me the fashion in recent years to shorten the nose further and dome the head, breeding Cavaliers looking more like the flatter faced King Charles Spaniel and this fashion partly I think stems from the fact we see more King Charles breeders also breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels or vice versa, which I think funny, as when these two breeds split back in the 1940's the King Charles breeders looked down on the Cavalier. I also think if you have a liking for the face morphology of the King Charles or any of the very flat faced breeds and also breed Cavaliers, you will have a tendency to breed Cavaliers with more extreme features.
The good thing from this research into head skull conformation is that it will be a tool to use alongside the grading of dogs for Chiari Malformation (CM) and SM because although CM may be present as is it is thought all Cavaliers have CM to varying degrees, if the dogs cranium is less brachycephalic (cranium is short and broad) this decreases the chances of SM onset. So basically the head shape needs to change. Lets see how the Cavalier Club and Kennel Club react to this research. If past reactions to research has any thing to go on with these two about CM/SM, there will have to be more research, research that the outcome agrees more with them.
How much research will have to happen before they will realise breeding dogs to be brachycephalic was not a good call.
I have just got an instrument to measure our dogs craniums, so will publish that data soon.
Lottie and Dottie
That's the drum beating over. Dottie and Lottie are the last two of Primrose's pups still with us and this Friday they will be twelve weeks old and will with have their second Lepto4 vaccination and will both leave us on Saturday for their new homes. Sue and Felicity having these two girls opted for them staying with us to receive the full primary course of vaccinations. Sue is visiting us tomorrow with her husband Colin as coming down to Devon for a few days holiday and will pick her up on Saturday for the journey home to Kent.
Felicity will visit Dottie on Friday evening before she will pick up Saturday and journey back to Southampton.
Looking forward to catching up with both of you in the next few days. Both these girls are real sweethearts
Birthday time !
Tomorrow will be the first Birthday for Ysobel's last litter born the 31st July 2013. So a big Happy First Birthday for tomorrow for Olive, Bailey, Dexter and Charlie. Hope you have a lovely day and that your first year with your Poundlane pup has been reasonably trouble free. Any problems I'm here still for you.
Any one who is a regular to this blog might also recall from last year that I must of just passed another milestone (Birthday) and that was near the end of last week. We managed to farm some children out to Granparents and I got out for a meal in the evening at the weekend with just my husband. It's been so long since we went out together in the evening for a meal, neither of us could recall the last time we had been out like that. We had a lovely meal and then went out to Instow for a walk along the beach, lovely vibe in the evening at Instow of a summers evening, with the couple resaurants and bars along the sea front, coupled with the lights across the estaury from Appledore it's one of the delights of North Devon. We then headed back catching last orders at The Bell, Chittlehamholt, which was and is on occasion still our local. My Birthday is a bit special as it is the day we first really got together at Filleigh Barn Dance eighteen years ago now and if you have read a lot of my website you guessed it, I asked him to dance, or I rather said, "Are you going to ask me to dance then." We had known each other for a few years before and things had been bottle necking to this point. I don't go up to total strangers and ask them to dance. Lol. The rest is history and eighteen years, six children and eleven dogs later we went out and had supper together and you know what, we still rather like each other.
The video I thought I would share, as just a bit of fun, is of us ready to go out and our son, Bert asked to take a photo of us, as the children don't often see both parents scrubbed up at the same time. As you will see he plays the trick of pretending to take a photo but is filming us, seeing how long we will take before realising what he is doing. Cheesy underpants is something I say to the children to make them smile or laugh when photographing them. Funny I start saying,"Cheesy underpants" and then tell my husband to not be silly.
Finally a capture of Dolly, Jessica and Jessica's brother Toby. Dolly and Jessica are well after being spayed a few weeks ago. Jessica is doing really well also on her three legs after losing one of her back legs a few months ago. Toby is a lovely chap and he will be MRI scanned the end of this year. Fingers crossed in 2015 we might see some mini Tobies.
“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 with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.