The CKCSC, USA Recommended Guidelines for Cavalier Health Testing were amended to reflect consistency with prevailing cardiology protocols. The amended guidelines are stated below.
CKCSC, USA Recommended Guidelines for Cavalier Health Testing: The CKCSC, USA recommends that prior to breeding any Cavalier, the dog should have:
1. A heart clearance from an auscultation by a board certified veterinary cardiologist that is consistent with prevailing cardiology protocols; however, the CKCSC, USA, recommends a minimum of a cardiology clearance at age 2.5 years by a board certified veterinary cardiologist.
2. A normal rating or within CERF breeder options from a screening by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist;
3. No evidence of patella luxation from an evaluation by a licensed veterinarian; and
4. A passing grade from an X-ray for hip dysplasia submitted to the OFA.
It is further recommended that subsequent periodic exams be conducted for hearts, eyes, and patella luxation.
Results of the most recent health clearances should be provided to the owners of both the stud dog and brood bitch at the time of breeding.