View Full Version : Leading Edge Radio 4 yesterday

Jan Bell
19th December 2008, 08:53 AM
There was a piece in the middle of BBC Radio 4's Leading Edge last night on genetic problems in pedigree dogs.

I found it interesting as they were talking about an unspecified breed with eye problems where the breeders themselves took the problem in hand and were allowed by the KC to cross breed and back cross in order to get new genetic material into the breed. Does anybody know anything about this? I don't know which breed was being referred to but I would like to know.

I am discouraged the reaction by so many Cavalier breeders to problems within the breed, and am heartened that there are breeders from other pedigree dog breeds who are prepared to take the bull by the horns and do whatever is necessary to get their breed into a healthier state.

I'm not suggesting that this is a way forward for Cavaliers (I don't know enough about cross breeding/back breeding). I would simply like to see the "top" breeders setting the example of scanning their dogs and following the recommended protocols for a start.

So not a broadcast specific to Cavaliers, and quite brief, but interesting anyway. It can be access for the next 6 days on the BBC website.

Brian M
19th December 2008, 08:58 AM
Hi Jan

And thanks I will tune in later and have a listen ,even though I am not a breeder all bits of information help broaden ones mind .