Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Low Risk Brachycephalic Breed)
Cavalier King Chales spaniels (CKCS) are a brachycephalic breed based on the shape of their skull but not one that typically suffers from BOAS issues. However CKCS do suffer from a number of common health issues including as a result of their head shape that may cause some additional risks during transport.
Because all CKCS originate from a small number of dogs, they tend to have some specific prevalent genetic issues which include a skull that is too small for their brain, causing a disorder, called syringomyelia, breathing issues, heart conditions, hearing & vision impairments.
Like all the low risk Brachycephalic breeds as they age or if they are overweight they tend to be less tolerant of heat and in any situation where they do become stressed or anxious for any reason, even due to other unrelated health issues they may have more difficulty breathing which can exacerbate the problem.
We therefore do still have to ensure that owners are aware that we consider them to be a breed at risk during transport, that we will make transport decisions as best we can based on the information provided by the owners. and that there are additional terms & conditions they need to be aware of and accept.