The Kennel Club is disappointed by the lack of uptake of its
recently launched survey to gather views on health testing from
breeders of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and has extended the
survey until midnight on Friday 18th December, in order to try and
obtain more responses.
The survey, launched by the KC and British Veterinary Association
to identify what more can be done to protect the health of
Cavaliers, was sent directly to over 1,300 breeders who have
registered at least one litter since 2012, but only 272 responses
have been received.
The Kennel Club is working on initiatives to try and improve the
health of the breed but it needs the support of Cavalier breeders
in order to do this.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The health of any
breed is largely in the hands of the breeders and the Kennel Club
is devising various strategies to support this to help improve
Cavalier health as a matter of urgency. In return, however, we need
the support of the breeders and are disappointed that so many who
were emailed the survey have not responded to it.
"The survey itself takes just a few minutes to fill out and will
help us to plan further actions that could make a real difference
to the breed, and we are at a loss as to why breeders have not
leapt at this opportunity to have their say, particularly as the
survey is anonymous.
"Our analysis shows that a staggering 781 recipients of the survey
did not even open the email when it was sent, which resulted in us
resending it, which saw just 76 more breeders doing so. We still
need more involvement from the Cavalier community if we are to get
the input we need. We would suggest that breeders check their
emails and find the survey if they have missed it for whatever
"As a result of this low uptake, we have extended the survey until
Friday 18th December and we hope that more Cavalier breeders will
make the most of this opportunity. We are grateful to those
breeders who have already filled out the survey and are supporting
our attempts to improve the health of the breed they love."
During the three years in which the BVA/KC screening scheme for
Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia (CM/SM) has been running,
only around 200 Kennel Club registered Cavalier King Charles
Spaniels have been graded, and the Kennel Club and BVA need to
understand breeders' awareness and attitudes towards the
The survey can be completed by any breeder who has bred a litter
of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since 2012 and will now run until
midnight on Friday 18th December. The Kennel Club is also
keen for breeders who do not register their litters with the Kennel
Club to take the survey to help build a stronger picture on the
practise of health testing in the breed.
Information gathered from the survey will help the Kennel Club and
BVA to develop the scheme, including the development of an ongoing
two-way dialogue between the Kennel Club and the Cavalier community
to find ways to urgently address health concerns in the
To access the survey, breeders are encouraged to visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMSM-screening.
To find out more about the BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes, please