I can appreciate the fact that European breeders who cannot use the UK BVA/KC CMSM Scheme and submit the information to the UK EBV scheme may see the European EBVs as the best that they can do, and I applaud them for their initiative, but no UK breeder who is seriously concerned for their own cavaliers and are sincere in the wish to give the breed a healthier future, can justify using it instead of our own UK scheme.
Originally Posted by Karlin
We now have in place what a vocal group of anti-scanning breeders said they wanted; an official standardised BVA/KC MRI scheme with a panel of neurologists and an appeal system. Their bluff called, they are now promoting the European EBV scheme. Anything it seems to avoid publishing results.
For UK health representatives and regional club chairmen to promote European EBVs instead of using our own UK scheme must raise grave doubts as to their commitment to anything but their own self-interest.
If, like Sins, UK breeders want to support the European initiative as well as the superior and more advanced AHT EBV project then that would be great, it will after all not cost them a penny. That being so they will not need to worry that many breeders in Europe have expressed doubts that this scheme will ever take off because of lack of funding.
Even now there are very few breeders or organisations shown as sponsors, so just how this scheme is going to be funded is unclear. People have tried to get clarification on a number of the issues mentioned here but answers are not forthcoming.
The European EBV scheme newsletter states that they want breeders to select and send in "only official reports from competent veterinarian specialists"
Over the years the scanning process in the UK has been refined so that the MRIs sent to the UK EBVs mean they are comparing like to like. The scans are done in the same way, for the same time, to the same strength, with the dog placed in the same position.
If the AHT decided they could only use the standardised information that will be coming from the BVA/KC scheme, then how can a scheme based on breeder self-selection of results and a variety of certificates from many different countries give creditable results?
There are three reasons that would make the European EBVs attractive to some UK breeders.
1) It would save them £100 per breeding cavalier on the cost of scanning (One puppy sells for approximately £700 or more...........average litter size would be in the region of 3-4 puppies)
2) Their results would stay unpublished. No one will know if they are risking the health of their puppies by using cavalier parents that are too young for the scan to be meaningful, or even those affected with SM, (something that is being said about one current stud dog )
3) While results remain unpublished breeders can claim they have scanned their cavaliers and had good results when it is not true.
Cavaliers......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.