Cavaliers are not a frail breed but there are some inherited diseases
to be aware of and it is important to go to a reputable breeder who is doing their best to breed sound dogs.
Mitral Valve Disease (MVD)
- a condition where the heart valves deteriate at a younger age than they should. This can lead to death at a much younger
age. It cannot be detected by a vet in a baby puppy but is something that the parents need to be checked
for. If a pup has no murmur this does not mean they will not develop a murmur as they get older. Ask the breeder if the parents
have been checked by a cardioligist. Not all breeders have access to specialists but most capital cities have at least one.
Breed clubs usually hold clinics run by specialists. If the dogs have been checked they will have a certificate from the specialist.
Eyes - Cataracts. Breeding
dogs can be checked by an opthamoligist before breeding. Breed clubs usually hold clinics run by specialists. The specialist
will also look for things such as extra eye lashes which can grow into the eye and cause problems. If the dogs have been checked
they will have a certificate from the specialist.