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Just as humans can suffer from hereditary conditions, dogs are at  risk of inheriting genetic health problems as well. 

Your dog's health is important to you.  Reputable breeders spend a lot of time and resources trying to eliminate genetic problems in their lines.  After all, they too are planning to keep puppies of their own to show.  On the other hand, backyard breeders and puppy millers breed dogs without screening the parents and thereby perpetuating the poor health inherant in the dogs they are breeding.  Their only concern is making money off the sale of the puppies from these litters.

At Banner Cavaliers, all of our dogs are tested yearly by veterinary specialists for the most common genetically transferred conditions.


Asymptomatic thrombocytopenia and Macrothrombocytosis in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel”
By Club Member Dr. Kim Hamer, DVM

Normal blood platelet counts should be between 150-200,000. Dogs will have bleeding abnormalities if their counts are below 40,000. However, Cavaliers may have counts well below 40,000 with no problems....



Mitral Valve Disease

There are several types of heart murmurs heard frequently in CKCS. They may be innocent, flow murmurs not suggestive of disease, or pathologic, indicative of genetic, hereditable valvular heart disease...

Please visit the CKCS - USA website for more detailed information


Cavaliers, as a breed, do not have a tendency towards debilitating eye diseases .

Some of the eye diseases that have been found in Cavaliers:

  • Cataracts / Juvenile Cataracts – surgery available
  • Retinal Dysplasia / Geographic Retinal Dysplasia

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Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation in Cavaliers

The patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position...

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Syringomyelia (SM) and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Syringomyelia (SM) is a condition in which fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord near the brain. The most common symptom is scratching on, or in the air near, the shoulder when the dog is excited or walking on a lead...

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Hip dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia  in Cavaliers

Veterinarians and responsible breeders of purebred dogs are well aware that hip dysplasia and other inherited diseases can be controlled by careful, selective breeding programs. They know that breeding hip clear dogs to hip clear females will produce fewer affected offspring than breeding affected dogs together...

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