Longtime members will know I am very wary of having announcements of new litters posted to the board -- for ethical reasons I have gone on and on about numerous times. This is also stated in the Getting Started section on what is appropriate to post.
Exceptions are reputable breeders on this board whom I know through their participation here and on other boards and lists, and who I know are actively concerned about health and conformation and temperament -- who breed with knowledge and with health clearances and who remain an active part of the breeding and showing world -- so their cavaliers are under constant scrutiny. They home their dogs carefully under restricted contracts. They don't breed pet quality dogs of unknown background and health history.
It is very hard for me to know whether others take into account some or any of these things when they have bred their dogs. And I fear that discussions of such breedings only encourages others to do likewise and gives the impression that such breedings are fine with me and with everyone here. To me, they aren't fine, never have been fine.
After a lot of thought, I have decided I do not want discussions of new puppy litters on the board by anyone who isn't a breeder that fits the above criteria. And unfortunately there are now so many members that it has become almost impossible for me or the breeders that I know to be reputable, to know about new breeders joining the list. That puts me in the awkward position of limiting litter discussions.
You who fit the criteria all know who you are as you have been here for a while and are known in the breeding and showing world . There's nothing more delightful than hearing about puppies that have been carefully bred to have long and healthy lives, and seeing their pictures. But I despair of every single cavalier born to people who do not follow the heart protocols, do not register their dogs or register with the bogus registries, who do not stay actively involved in the breed. Every one of those puppies is a potential liability to the breed. It is depressing reading about those who have bought such puppies years ago, and end up losing their dogs now to heart failure at young ages, 5 or 6 or 7. Problems that could be minimised and even eliminated by responsible breeding. If you are not breeding to help lower the risk of MVD, then you are contributing to the problem. Full stop. If you can live with that, fine; but you are not really welcome to talk about it here. If not -- and I sincerely hope this board helps people see why breeding in this way is so wrong -- get a good mentor, get involved with the breed and with showing, learn more about this breed and its health issues, and consider returning to breeding when you are able to improve the breed rather than contribute to its decline. For that is what indiscriminate breeding has already done to cavaliers, and every new litter bred in the same way is another blow to the breed's health.
If you can prove to me that your breeding programme fits all the above criteria, and if I can verify that definitely through a third party involved with the clubs/breeding/showing, I will allow discussions of new puppies.
There are other boards and sites that allow lots of discussions on breeding and litters and given that there are these other resources, I don't feel it is overly restrictive to keep such discussions controlled here. Breeders wanting to discuss breeding and announce litters should of course be on the L-list, the main CKCS breeder list.
Incidentally for many of the same reasons, I also don't allow links to breeder websites when they are listed as an advertisement for puppies (as stated in the board guidelines too) and will delete them when I come across them.