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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Enn, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Enn

    Enn New Member Registered

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    Hi has anyone got experiences or any thoughts to share on cavajacks? Thankyou!
  2. Mad Murphy

    Mad Murphy Well-Known Member Registered

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    That's a cross CKC and JRT right?
    Never heard of that particular mix. Must say ive nothing against crosses I had many myself but I do object to this designer name tag given to them in order to boost prices.
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  3. JoanneF

    JoanneF Well-Known Member Registered

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    Cavaliers have such horrible congenital health problems that I would be very wary of a dog from untested parents and sadly, with a cross, there is much less likelihood that these important tests will have been carried out. Inherited diseases for Cavs include heart problems, and Syringomyelia – a very painful neurological disease. A responsible breeder will not breed from parents who have a history of these in the breeding line.

    It used to be believed that crossbreeds had the best of both breeds and health problems were 'bred out' but in fact you could well get a puppy who has inherited health defects from both parents. So crossing, for example, a cavalier with a jrt, you could get a puppy who has heart problems from the cavalier side and eye from both sides. Marilyn Munro allegedly once suggested to Albert Einstein that if they had babies they would be amazing with her beauty and his brains. Einstein allegedly replied how awful it would be if it were the other way round. You get the picture! Good breeders do tests on their breeding dogs (proper tests, not just checks to say the dog is capable of siring/carrying a litter) to breed out these conditions. Unfortunately with the popularity of crosses there are many puppy farmers who are more interested in exploiting buyers than the long term health of the puppies they are selling; and pet owners who think it would be lovely to have mini versions of their own pets but lack the understanding of responsible breeding.

    There are some responsible breeders of crossbreeds and that is a good thing. But they are very few and you may have to search extensively to find one.

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