Reggie's going to be a busy boy in a few days time. We now have Ysabel on heat seven days after Dolly coming on. These two girls whelped (gave birth) nine days apart last time, so give or take a day or two they should be about the same this time. Ysabel all going well should have a litter of Cavapoos ready for homes around the 5th January 2012.
I am hoping in October to have a visit from Charlie who was our stud dog & father to Primrose & Smudge. We neutered him earlier this year, as over five we had him cardiology tested & he had the beginnings of mitral valve regurgitation (heart murmer). On advice from the Cardiologist vet we removed him from our breeding, neutered him & rehomed him with Sheila & her son Vincent. They had just lost their beloved Cavalier & have took him on knowing his full history & that they will give me regular updates on his health. The health updates are very important as I hope in him being over 5 & just the first signs of mitral valve regurgitation that the condition will be a slow onset. I have observed over my years keeping Cavaliers that this heart condition if the symptoms start before 5 the onset is more often very quick & they rarely make old dogs but after 5 when the dog is naturally starting to slow up they most often decline much slower & if managed right & their weight kept down can make old age.
The heart condition known as Mitral Valve Regurgitation is found in all dog breeds but is normally confined to old age as it is the wearing out of the valve in the heart which becomes so worn that it does not fit snug in the valve & when shut still allows blood to flow back when it should not thus causing many problems which include low blood pressure, fluid build up in the lungs & muscle deteriation because of poor oxygenation in the blood.
Cavaliers have a higher than average occurance of Mitral Valve Regurgitation than many other breeds but many of the Toy breeds are blighted by this disease & the real problem is that we see the onset of it in them in early age. I have known of through my vets Cavaliers diagnosed by a Cardiologist vet with Mitral Valve Regurgitation as young as 6 months old & not living past 2 years old.
Dog breeding for me is trying to breed a healthy, happy family dog. For this I have taken the route of crossbreeding as well as still purebreeding. I can not gaurantee health but work on my knowledge with my breeding dogs, use health tests & continually read up on genetic developments on dog breeding to hopefully produce a dog that has a higher percentage chance of good health into old age.
Anyone who gaurantees a pups health is frankly misleading. Even with the healthiest of parents De Novo mutation can occur & a health problem occurs in the offspring which was not genetically in the parents. De Novo mutation occurs just after fertilization & the pup then can be born with a genetic disorder which neither parent carries the gene for. I have first hand experience of this with my brother having a child which has a disorder which neither his wife or him carry the gene for.
All a breeder can do is show they have strived to do their best to produce a family dog that will have higher chance of not having none or few genetic disorders in their life time. This is done by showing health tests, being open & frank about disorders in their chosen breed or crossbreed, so that a potential family for a pup can make an informed choice.
“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
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.