6th October 2005, 03:07 AM
Need advice on buying a Cavalier puppy
We are in the process of talking to breeders and I can't help but feel nervous about the apparently frequent occurance of SM in Cavaliers. I've been reading as much as I can on the subject and at the moment feel overwhelmed with what to do with this knowledge.
So I would just like to get some input from others on what you would do or have done while looking for a puppy. I understand that the only way to diagnose SM is with an expensive MRI, and it looks like most breeders are not doing that right now. Would you do your best to find a breeder that is as careful as possible? Would you only buy from a breeder that does the MRI testing? Would you not buy a Cavalier puppy at all at this time?
I appreciate any and all comments, it will help me feel less overwhelmed I am sure!