We are very grateful and happy to announce that the Swedish Kennel Club (SKK), matched by the Charity Cavalier Matters/Rupert Fund, has granted the application for the study:
” Is a fashionable and modern head shape an inadvertant risk for Syringomyelia - investigation for head conformation in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. ”
Judging dogs is an art, not a science. The subtleties of head conformation are often only appreciated by breed type experts and in particular those who breed and judge at championship level.
Recent research have found two significant risk factors in head shape for the painful disease syringomyelia. This study will focus on whether such risk factors in head shape can be idenitfied by breed experts, without the need for measurements. The funding also provides the means to validate protocols established previously for quantitative trait analysis and conformational indicators to indicate risk for Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia.
This initiative is supported by the Companion Cavalier Club and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
Clare Rusbridge, Thomas Mitchell, Penny Knowler, Lena Gillstedt