Why do you think they are unrelated facts? How does anyone suppose that this disease will be eliminated unless the full extent of the problem and the processes that cause the condition are known?
Originally Posted by sunshinekisses
I am a long time breeder and stud dog owner. I have been closely associated with efforts to provide researchers with the information that they need for many years and I know that we would be much closer to answers if some of the breeders on that forum had stopped denying a problem they already knew they had in their dogs and started doing something to find the cause.
Scanning their dogs when properly mature and sharing the results with researchers would have been a start.
Removing those that were SM affected would have prevented the rapid spread we are now seeing throughout the breed.
While Cavalier Club committee members are still breeding from unscanned underage dogs and one of the most 'dismissive of research' breeder's last litters had parents and grandparents with no eye test results, no indication of any other testing or support for voluntary health schemes and a very inbred COI of over 30% (despite a well documented history of SM in those lines) then the failure to eliminate any inherited condition in this breed cannot be blamed on researchers.
Cavaliers......Faith, The Ginger Tank and Woody.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.
Remembered with love......... Tommy Tuppence and Fonzi