We're dog sitting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at the moment and I have to say, I'm absolutely falling in love with the breed. I always liked the breed but had never lived with one or spent a lot of time with one until now. They seem such loveable, affectionate, friendly and happy little dogs and so easy to live with. They are just an absolute joy to have around. Well, Charlie is anyway! I can see me owning one in the future, if I'm honest, but the health problems concerned with the breed worry me a lot. Someone has suggested that the gene pool in the dogs in the UK is very small as many are using the same stud dogs etc and that the problems are very widespread. I don't know, which is why I'm asking. Are there more healthier Cavs outside of the UK? Could someone point me in the direction of breeders who have healthy Cavs who are free from heart problems and SM etc? Ones who do all relevant health testing. Purely for research purposes at the moment and planning for the future. Thank you.