Cretin breeders don't need any excuse. They are still breeding 14 month old puppies ( and the breed into extinction ) because they are not going to let anyone tell them what to do.
Originally Posted by RodRussell
These guidelines do not invite breeders to use young dogs or encourage them to ignore the MVD guidelines. they give breeders the information on what grade of cavalier to mate together to lessen the chance of the puppies developing early onset SM.
The SM guidelines show that a cavalier scanned within the age 1-3 should always be mated to a cavalier scanned over the age of three.
It is unrealistic to think that it is the duty of any one specialist to ignore the findings of their own research to accommodate the requirements of another health protocol.
A responsible breeder will need to juggle the SM guidelines, the MVD protocols, the advice on mating DD/CC & EFS carriers put out by the AHT and take into account the findings from the BVA/KC eye test.
As soon as the Kennel Club actually launches the BVA/KC CMSM Scheme that these guidelines are designed for, then I will need to sit down and revise my cavalierpuppy website.
I will still be saying that the parents of puppies should be at least 2.5 years before they are bred because that is what the MVD protocol demands, so nothing has changed there.
I will need to work out how best to describe the SM guidelines, but the one thing I will be pointing out is that for SM the older the parents are scanned the better, and that in every case at least one parent should be older than three years when scanned.
I will emphasis that cavaliers scanned over the age of five years have been shown to be the least risky parents when it comes to choosing a puppy.
Cavaliers......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette, Hana & Escapologist Fonzi .