My Devil appeared this morning in the form of a letter with over the stamp the word Bristol and after blogging last night about not yet having Dolly's and Ysobel's scan results, this letter marked Bristol could be only one thing, their results.
I can talk a good fight and now with my scan results in my hand, it also becomes about putting my money where my mouth is. I had said in previous blogs I would be surprised if either of these girls had Syringomyelia to a high degree and now as I was opening this letter I could be about to regret being so confident in my own judgement before the BVA decreed on it and my confidence was not so apparent in those seconds as I read the results of each dog.
So hear we go ! Ysobel is for Syringomyelia at 5 years 10 months old, Graded 0a and Dolly is at 5 years and 7 months old Graded 1a. This means Ysobel is normal (no central canal dilation, no presyrinx, no syrinx) and Dolly's grade means that central canal dilation (CCD) is less than 2mm in diameter.
This is great news, as with their ages being both over five breeding recommendations for both with these grades and over five is any. If you want to make more sense of these grades go to www.bva.co.uk and follow the link to Canine Health Schemes and further information about syringomyelia can be found at www.veterinary-neurologist.co.uk and follow their link to syringomyelia.
Now for the grade for Chiari Malformation which breeders seem to be less forward about. This is graded from 0-2 and as of yet no Cavalier has been scanned with out showing evidence of this condition. It is because of this malformation I believe we see Cavaliers develop syringomyelia. So syringomyelia is a secondary condition to dogs presenting with chairi malformation, so for me its a no brainer, we need to change the skull shape of the Cavalier.
Both my girls are Grade 2 for chiari malformation and I sort of expected this one, they are very pretty show standardised Cavaliers and those grades for chiari malformation are why I will not with low grades for syringomyelia be pure breeding from them, as some might say, "with those low grades for syringomyelia, I should pure breed them, to help improve the problem within the breed," but they won't because the skull shape needs to improve and Cavaliers scanned clear of syringomyelia are producing pups with syringomyelia because I believe this is a inherited conformation problem, so you put two Cavaliers together with grade 0a for syringomyelia but both parents grade 2 for chiari malformation you are highly likely to breed puppies that will go on to develop syringomyelia. The key to improving syringomyelia, even may be iradicating it is I believe in improving the skull shape in the Cavalier. Improving the skull shape I believe can not be done within the breed. I believe in time the importance of the chiari malformation grade will usurp the grade for syringomyelia and I hope that epiphany happens sooner than latter for the Cavalier Club, I think its happening, some what slowly but its coming for the Kennel Club but we must not rush those old breed clubs now must we. Lol
Any way must get on and get some work done and this could be turning into an interesting year with Belle our Cavapoo girl being over one now and we will have her scanned this summer with her pure Cavalier half sister Primrose and both these the mum is Ysobel.
“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.