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The CKCS Club Health Day – 3 October 2020


We are hoping to hold this health day following guidelines from the Government and the BVA. As situations change over the next few months we will follow the guidelines which may change either way so as long as we can have the hall we will be there but there is always the chance of a cancellation due to COVID.

Doppler Heart testing will be carried out by David Fisher, Asculation Heart testing by Jasper Gale and Eye testing by Paul McPherson.

Click for full details and COVID-19 Secure arrangements.
A statement regarding Canine Genetic Services at the Animal Health Trust
3 July 2020
"The trustees of the Animal Health Trust have just announced today that they have been unable to secure adequate financial backing to secure the long-term future of the charity (https://www.aht.org.uk/news/statement-from-the-animal-health-trust). As a result, the charity will formally close on 31 July 2020.

We therefore regret to announce that Genetic Services at the Animal Health Trust will also cease to function after 31 July 2020. We have therefore stopped selling DNA tests with immediate effect. We will continue to work hard to process as many outstanding tests as we possibly can until then. If you have swabs, please send them back to us immediately so that we can at least try to process your samples. At this time, we do not know whether we will be able to issue any refunds on outstanding orders.

The news came as a surprise to us today as well, not long before it was made public, so please be patient while we try to adjust, find the answers and make the most of the time we have left, to serve our valued customers. We will issue updates when we have them.

We would like to thank our customers for supporting us over the years, and for their patience and understanding over the last few months. We are so sorry to have let you down.

Best wishes
Canine Genetic Services"


All Overseas Yearbooks were dispatched yesterday (Monday). To all our Overseas Members we can only apologise for the delay in dispatching. Firstly all the Year Books went to our Championship Show in March in the hope that we could save postage with as many as possible being collected. From the show they went back to our storage and we went straight into lockdown and were unable to access. This was the first year that we greatly reduced the "waste" and produced fewer books as they are initially only for Members however this has not left us with lots to spare and there have been lots of concerns with regard to the handling of post overseas with items reported as getting lost. We very much hope that as we all start to relax our lockdowns that the coveted Year Book arrives safely.

Our 2020 Year Book is currently being discussed by the Committee due to a very "unusual" year to say the least – however we may have some interesting historical material in our archives that merit inclusion in a publication so watch this space for an update!

In the meantime we hope that everyone keeps safe and enjoys their Cavaliers at home until we can take part in all our doggy activities again.

Sheena Maclaine

Cancellation & Postponement of Cavalier Club Events

Clubs are having to cancel or postpone events to aid in the containment of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Click here to see the listing of Cavalier Club (including the Regional Clubs) current cancellations, postponements & new dates.

Eastern CKCS Society Open Show cancelled
CKCS Club Open Show cancelled

Kennnel Club advice and FAQs on the coronavirus situation can be found on the KC website by clicking here. The Kennel Club update this information at regular intervals, keep checking it.

From time to time events overtake us and we find ourselves searching for a way to help us out of a situation. The Benevolent Fund is there to help any Member to cope during a time of difficulty. You may need to kennel your dog if you have to go into hospital … or during a time when you feel you are being pulled in every direction due to family troubles.
Any one of the three Trustees will be pleased to discuss your situation and it may well be that we can help towards the problem financially by ensuring your dogs are properly cared for during that time. The Benevolent Fund does not pay veterinary fees, but may be able to help in other respects.
Please don’t hesitate to ask … all calls to us are totally confidential and no details are ever passed on.
Click for details of the Trustees and further info.
Travelling with your Cavalier to Northern Ireland in 2021?

You can enter or return to Northern Ireland with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:
  • has been microchipped
  • has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate
  • has been vaccinated against rabies – it will also need a blood test if you’re travelling from an "unlisted country"
  • dogs may require tapeworm treatment (except when travelling from Rep of Ireland, Finland and Malta)
Your dog, cat or ferret must have a pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate to enter (or re-enter) the UK.

For further information visit Northern Ireland DEARA or UK Government Pet Travel Rules

To make sure your pet is able to travel from the UK to the EU from 1 January 2021, you should contact your vet at least 4 months before travelling to get the latest advice.

The Kennel Club and the Irish Kennel Club are aware of concerns regarding the possibility of an EU-style pet passport being needed to travel between Northern Ireland and the British Mainland once the Brexit transition period ends. Click for more info on the KC Campaign.
Cavaliers As Companions – June / July 2020

This month Denis and Tina gives us tips on the care of our Cavaliers during the Coronvirus Lockdown and remind us about the care of teeth and feet. There are reviews for four more books that may keep us interested at this time. Click to read

What challenging times we are going through! For many dog enthusiasts Crufts is the highlight of our calendar. This year it was the Kennel Club’s turn to "steal" our show date and host, what is regarded by many from around the world, the ultimate dog show in the calendar. The results and show critiques can be found on this website. It was over a week later that the Cavalier Club hosted what was to be the last show in the calendar for the present time and the results are also included on the website.

As I write it is nearly impossible to plan for any future events with the uncertainties we all face. In the meantime many of us are in contact via Social Media – with quizzes, memorabilia, the inevitable banter and lots of support and fundraising activities in support of the NHS and other worthy causes.

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CKCS Club Annual General Meeting 9 May 2020


Due the current situation and following KC & Government advice, the AGM is postponed until further notice. Members will be advised of the new date and venue when decided.

"Over 5’s Clear Heart List" updated 20 April 2020

The Over 5’s Clear Heart list has been updated as at 20th April 2020.
Click to go to the listings.

Please note that the CKCS Heart Test Result forms should be sent to Mrs E Smith, 9 Elm Grove, Larbert, Stirlingshire, FK5 3LP for inclusion in the research database and for the production of the Over 5 Heart Listing.
New heart scheme for Cavaliers

A new heart scheme for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been developed by the Kennel Club (KC) and Veterinary Cardiovascular Society (VCS) in consultation with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed clubs. The KC/VCS heart scheme, which is the first collaboration between all parties involved, is set to trial 100 dogs over the coming months before it rolls out to all Cavalier breeders and owners later in the year.
The aim is to reduce the prevalence of Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), a deadly heart disorder in Cavaliers that affects more than 40% of the breed in the UK alone.
Click to read the KC Press Release and for links to the FAQ.

For full details of the scheme and links to Regional Cardiologist Specialist please visit the Kennel Club CKCS Heart Scheme Section.
Looking For a Puppy? - CKCS Puppy Register

The Cavalier Club runs a register of puppies available from Club Members who can put details of puppies and older dogs they have for sale on the Cavalier Club Puppy Register.
The Club has recently introduced a slightly more formal system for placing a dog on its Register. A form now needs to be completed which can be downloaded from the Puppy Register Pages. The form includes details of any health certificates obtained for the parents, so that prospective puppy buyers can have more information before visiting a possible puppy.
If you wish to add your dogs to the Club’s Register, download the Puppy Register Form and send to The Co-ordinator.
Anyone looking to purchase a puppy is recommended to contact one of the Club Puppy Register Co-ordinators, Veronnica Hull, telephone 01268 727248 and Sylvia Lymer, telephone 01530 831929, for details of puppies available. - Puppy Register

When your puppies have been sold would you please advise the Puppy Register Co-Ordinator so that they may be removed from the lists.
Updated 01.06.11
Show Critiques

We endeavour to publish ALL Championship Show critiques on Cavaliers.
However if you are judging at a Cavalier Breed Club Limited or Open Show, we would love to have the results and your critique to publish for all to read. If you would like us to publish it just send it attached to an email to the Webmaster or by snail mail to Dave Norris.
Unlike some of the Dog Press, we do not edit any critique, what the Judge sends us is what appears.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club is registered with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Act 2018 as a Data Controller. Registration Number Z9120799
The Cavalier Club does not provide details of its members to any third party without the express agreement of that member.
Click to read the Clubs Privacy Policy Statement.
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Video & What To Do,
Show Results & Critiques
See Show Calendar for more.
Latest –
CKCS Clubs Show Schedules
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Seminars, Health Clinics & Special Events

Visit the Special Events section for full details of forthcoming events.

Health testing is also carried out at the majority of regional CKCS Club events – see schedules for details.

CKCS Club Judges List
Click to view the Club Judges List and criteria.
Changes to KC Rules
Read the latest changes and updates.
Highways England Traffic
Click to check for traffic delays on your route to the shows.
Golden Oldies
Demonstrating that Cavaliers can be a long lived breed.
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The Cavalier Club Code Of Best Practice
Click to read the KC Code of Ethics and CKCS Club Code of Best Practice
Cavalier Clubs Health Leaflet
A leaflet giving details of the three main health issues currently screened for in Cavaliers. – Download the Cavalier Clubs Health Leaflet
Over Fives Heart Database
List of Cavaliers aged 5 and over who have a certificate from a cadiologist that shows the dog has a clear heart when checked for MVD
Read more

Updated 02/12/19
MRI Test Centers
List of centers offering reduced rate MRI scans.
Read more
KC / BVA Chiari Malformation / Syringomyelia Scheme
Kennel Club & BVA official CM/SM Scheme
Download the Scheme Notes
A Guide to the Significance of Heart Murmurs in Cavaliers
So, you have done the right thing and taken your dog to a cardiologist for heart testing. What should you do now? – Read the answer
CKCS Health Breeding Programme – EBV
Read more
The KC Mate Select Programme
KC Mate Select web site
KC Health Test Finder
Search The Kennel Club for any health results for a dog which is registered at the Kennel Club.
KC Health Test Finder.
Kennel Club CC/DE DNA Results
KC CC/DE DNA Test Results
Kennel Club EF Test Results
KC EF Test Results
Kennel Club MRD Eye Results –
KC MRD Open Register
DNA From SM Clear Cavaliers Aged Over 5
Do you have a Cavalier that is over 5 and clear of SM?
Why not help research and submit a sample of your dog's DNA to the Researchers?
Read more
The Syringomyelia Cavalier Collection Scheme
A plea to all owners with a cavalier that has SM confirmed by an MRI scan.
Click for the find out how you may help.

Updated 8 Feb 2011
30+ years of CKCS Health Initiatives
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