I nearly rehomed Lily a little while ago. Nothing wrong with her, I just have got a lot of dogs, and where to fit Lily in as we go forward. Sue and Jim who nearly had her were very understanding, that when push come to shove. I could not let her go. Thanks for that.
She is a very elegant spaniel type being 3/4 Cavalier and 1/4 Poodle. Her recent MRI scan at two years old confirms, like her brother Ernest, she still has Chiari-like malformation, around 95% of Cavaliers are calculated from world wide MRI scans to have this malformation at the back of the skull, and it is now sadly seen as a characteristic of the breed. From scans in the UK on the British Veterinary Association (BVA)/Kennel Club (KC) scheme. Cavaliers scanned over five years old, 60% have syringomyelia. It is frightening how this condition has now been proliferated through the breed, much like Mitrial Valve Disease (MVD), and like MVD. We are seeing with each set of statistics produced year in, year out, more and more dogs presenting with the condition, with more progressing to be symptomatic and gradually the dogs will become younger and younger presenting with symptomatic SM. I will be writing an article soon with research articles to back the claims above.
So what to do with Lily. Although she has a bit more length to her muzzle and good eye anatomy, she has unfortunately inherited the severe stop of the Cavalier. Funnily, over ten years ago I said to a vet, I think the severe stop on these dogs may be one of the causes of the malformation at the back of the skull. It must effect how the brain sits in the cranium pushing it tight to the back of the skull effecting the formation of the occipital bone. Research is now pointing to the frontal conformation of the skull causing the problems at the back of the skull, which I will blog about , as I said above.
So we decided that we will go with Henry, our Brittany boy on Lily. I feel with the results we have had using him with our pure Cavalier, Smudge, who is CM grade 2 and SM Grade 1, producing our two girls Blottie and Bumble with no malformation at the back of the skull CM graded 0 MRI results, this stands to produce the best combination to rectify her severe stop and get even a bit more length to her muzzle. I expect this to produce an athletic lightweight, very elegant type small spaniel.
Lily has just come on heat today, and she will hopefully be on heat again (if she goes her normal heat space of around 7 months), February 2019. I will blog more about what we are doing in 2019 as health tests come in. I hope to do a bit of revamping to the websites, and as in 2019 I will not be able to keep any pups back. I have to be realistic, I have enough dogs to be doing them properly. I will hope I can hold off and keep a puppy back from her, from a later litter, fingers crossed! So I will most probably open the doors of Poundlane the beginning of 2019 for people to visit that are interested in our 2019 litters. So at this time we are looking at just two litters for 2019. Lily and Henry, and Sasha with Ernest. If interested, just keep a tight eye to our blog.
“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 Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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