I am pleased to see the Cavalier Club are trying to get breeders to take up this very generous offer from the AHT.
They are offering 200 free DNA tests for Dry Eye/Curly Coat & Episodic Falling Syndrome but it would seem that club members are reluctant to find out whether their cavaliers are carriers ( even though they can still be bred to non-carriers )
I suppose old attitudes die hard but I am surprised to see this sentence included.................
"Many of you have felt that the statiscal picture for the incidence of CM/SM in our breed is warped by the number of unhealthy Cavaliers submitted."
The notice writer really should have pointed out that belief has no basis in fact, as most of the peer reviewed published studies have been on asymptomatic cavaliers that the breeders themselves have taken to the low cost scans.
The website notice reads...........
CALLING ALL BREEDERS
We are being given the opportunity – and for a change – at no cost to us – to provide ACCURATE statistics for the incidence of Dry Eye/Curly Coat Syndrome and Episodic Falling. As responsible breeders there are no excuses as to why you cannot submit a cheek swab – there are no risks; there is no anaesthetic or sedation. All that willing participants need to do is submit the name of their dog or bitch to Annette Jones (email Club Health Representative or phone 01490 430554) who is compiling a list. You may think that your Cavalier’s breeding is not unique – JUST PUT THE NAME FORWARD. One Cavalier born after 2005 per breeder – the cost would normally be £48 and this has been waived. (If you require a certificate there is a £10 charge.)
Many of you have felt that the statiscal picture for the incidence of CM/SM in our breed is warped by the number of unhealthy Cavaliers submitted. You have an opportunity to produce an accurate picture. THE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS from this project will be STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
This is important please don’t ignore this request. For full information please read the AHT Study details.