Image for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Syringomyeila Screening

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Syringomyeila Screening

Duration: 03:24

One of Britain's best-loved breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was shown, in Pedigree Dogs Exposed (broadcast in 2008) to suffer from a painful and distressing neurological condition, syringomyeila, caused by a mismatch between the size of its brain and skull. They could also suffer from an inherited heart condition.

Although there are now screening programmes in place for both conditions, some campaigners believe that the health of the breed is so badly compromised that they should no longer be bred.

Available since: Tue 28 Feb 2012

Credits

Producer
Jemima Harrison

This clip is from

Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three Years On

Follow-up to a film that lifted the lid on health and welfare problems for pedigree dogs.

First broadcast: 27 Feb 2012

Image for Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three Years On Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.