I find myself in a bit of a dilemma here.
I understand what Jess is feeling and is trying to achieve with her petition, but there are some inaccuracies which make it difficult for me to wholeheartedly agree with the way it is worded.
The Kennel Club has recently banned what is generally accepted by the term inbreeding ( mother to son, father to daughter, brother to sister matings )
However matings of close relatives ( line breeding ) are still allowed and are still very common. This practice is also detrimental to the health of any breed because it will narrow the gene pool and allows the spread of inherited health problems.
Cavaliers that are not suitable for showing are not culled. It is not necessary because any cavalier will make a marvellous family pet, and there is always a market for the puppies and young adults who do not make the grade in the show ring.
Syringomyelia is not really fatal and there are many dogs that live for many years with their SM symptoms controlled with painkillers.
Unfortunately there has also been many cavaliers euthanized because their pain could not be controlled.
There are many marvellous breeders that love their dogs, breed them with care, and enjoy showing them.
Unfortunately, as Karlin says, there is not enough of them to save this breed by themselves.
I would have hoped that a year after the film was shown there would have been more help from the KC ( health information sent out with registrations would make a start by informing non-cavalier club breeders about the problems in the breed )
There does not seem to be much news about the BVA/KC Heart & MRI scanning schemes. Foot dragging is rife within breed clubs and the KC when it comes to health matters.
I can confirm everything that Karlin says about the manipulation and deviousness of some of the best known breeders, who despite claiming they are breeding within the guidelines, that their clubs endorsed at the cavalier liaison meeting, are using underage dogs & bitches for breeding.
The Breed Record Supplement makes fascinating reading sometimes.
I cannot help but come to the conclusion that breeders like this do not care about the future of the cavalier breed nor the legacy their breeding practices will leave behind.
Cavaliers......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.