This was just aired in the UK a couple of days ago--it's a sequel to the 2008 documentary, "Pedigree Dogs Exposed". Back when I watched part 1, I didn't have a dog, and it really scared me from getting a Cavalier. I do think, however, that the documentary made me realize that buying a dog isn't something you just DO. For example, walk into a petstore, see a cute dog and say OH IT'S CUTE! I'll buy it!
I put a lot of research into breeds first before getting a dog. I was very hesitant about getting a Cavalier in light of all the genetic problems that they faced, but I was won over by their lovable, gentle nature. I think everybody should watch Pedigree Dogs Exposed and Pedigree Dogs Exposed 2, but definitely take some of the bleak picture that the documentaries paint with a grain of salt.
I am no authority to speak about SM/MVD in Cavaliers--everything I know I've read from research and on the web, but definitely DO your research before even getting a dog. Know all the genetic diseases that your breed of choice can suffer from, and buy from responsible breeders. There are many BYBs and petstores who do not give a rat's ass about the dogs they own, breed, and sell as long as they make a buck. Like I said in my previous post, breeding is not something people with no knowledge, mentors, or research backings should do.
That said, if you're interested, here is the Youtube link to the PDE 3 video:
Many breeders really despise this documentary (and Jemima Harrison, the lady who made it), but I think that it's good for people to watch. No, show dogs are not mutants like the documentary says. On the contrary, like I said before, show dogs live GOOD lives! I don't really have any opinions on extreme breeds such as Pekingese and Bulldogs or Pugs, because I don't like them and would never own them... but they are really the minority. Most breeds are not bred to be exaggerated like that, and hell this Yorkie in the clip above doesn't live a crappy life because its fur is in wraps before shows.
Like I said, take the documentary with a grain of salt... and walk away with the important parts about genetics and some common sense about breeding. I have to say that the people who are calling Fiona the Dalmation a mutt is crazy. I would much rather have a healthy "mutt" than a purebred Dalmation whose bladders could burst at some point in its life.
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