9th May 2013, 02:55 PM
I have supported Rupert's Fund and I always thought of it as research (which it is) but now I see how it has also been beneficial in other ways. If an older cavalier that was scanned with help from RF is identified to not have SM, they can be very beneficial to a breeding program. These can not only help the future of the breed by DNA research etc. but also can be provide hope for a future breeding (although there are no guarantees). I am specifically talking about male studs. If anyone can add to this or correct me in my assumptions I would appreciate it. Sometimes it's good to see some immediate benefits because research is a work in progress and takes time. In the meantime, some cavaliers scanned thanks to Rupert's Fund could identify some special older cavaliers that have not developed SM.