I work at a dog daycare and have fallen completely head over heels for Cavaliers. They are adorable as hell, so sweet and snuggly, and I totally love them (and this is after feeling like I am solidly a Big Dog person!).
I will not be able to have a dog for a while - I am only halfway through college and won’t be able to support a dog for a while. However, I am fairly certain that I would now like to get a Cav once I am in a position to get a dog, and am doing some preliminary research.
In this research I have found that they are apparently extremely prone to heart problems, specifically mitral valve disease, and syringomelia. That being said, I have had trouble finding a lot of info about these issues outside of the same generic info on websites like Animal Planet/PetMD/Canine Journal/etc. Are these issues more-so tied to certain lines, or is it a breed-wide problem? I’m assuming there is some sort of parental testing to help control for these potential issues in litters? I was initially thinking that I would try to rescue, since they are pretty common and I would just be looking for a pet, but if buying from a breeder would drastically help me in avoiding some potentially large health issues, I’m fine with going that route.
I suppose all this is to say, if Cavs are your breed, I would love any and all first hand experiences about their health issues. Thanks!