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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canada

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CKCSCC Letter regarding Norway's breeding ban

March 31, 2022


February 16, 2022.

To Whom It May Concern;
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canada is a National Club. Our Members sign a code of ethics and a code of practice when they join the Club.
We work hard to breed and provide healthy, happy Cavaliers to the public and to other breeders.
The National Club and many of the Member Clubs organize health clinics – eye, heart and MRI scans – yearly (or more often) to give our members opportunity to health check their breeding stock. Our club strongly recommends that all breeding stock be checked as clear for the following heritable issues – Retinal Dysplasia, Cataracts, Mitral Valve Disease (heart), and Luxating Patella. Our MRI scanning clinics have helped members improve the CM/SM status of the dogs they produce within a couple of generations, and have resulted in clear or virtually clear scans a few generations later - in spite of the closed gene pool.
Cavaliers are used for support, for therapy and for companion dogs. Their size and personality make them exceptionally skilled at and very popular for these services.
We strongly object to the ruling of the Courts in Norway with regards to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. This ruling opens the door to puppy mills and to backyard breeders, who will step in and fill the demand left when registered breeders must retire. It will be exceedingly detrimental to the overall health of the breed.
The Public wants this breed as pets and will find them wherever they can. The better course of action would be to enact stricter welfare laws affecting the unregistered breeders, leaving competent breeders who want to improve breed health to make progress. It can be done.
We support the Kennel Club of Norway and the Breed Clubs of the Cavalier in Norway, in their fight to right this wrong.
Yours in Dogs;

Elaine Whitney
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Canada


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