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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies

If you hoped to see pictures of our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies here, jump over to Our Puppies under the Gallery section.  This section provides some advice for first-time Cavalier puppy owners.

All responsible breeders of Cavaliers agree that before selling a puppy to a new home, the prospective owners and the breeder should spend time getting to understand each others' circumstances and needs.

Everyone has their own opinion of what is important and what is unimportant and, as with so many things, there is no right and wrong on many of the points.

There are however, issues that almost everyone agrees on. The most important of these from the point of view of a would-be buyer of a Cavalier are:

Cavaliers should not be left alone at home for long periods of time

Cavaliers are intelligent, and eager to please. They love companionship and are not happy in a home without someone there most of the day. Also, they should not be kept outside or in a kennel.

The yard must be fenced

The Cavaliers' adventurous spirit leads them to explore every nook and cranny, and their spaniel heritage inclines them to chase anything that moves! For these reasons they should always be kept in a securely fenced environment.

Invisible fencing is very unsatisfactory for Cavaliers - and probably all other dogs as well!  It doesn't stop predators from getting in.

Buyer must be aware of health issues

As with all animals, there are particular health problems to which Cavaliers are prone. These should be discussed and considered, and the prospective owner must be aware of the potential consequences, financial and lifestyle, of the problems.

This topic, while important, should not be blown out of proportion.  Responsible breeders will be able to demonstrate the health of their dogs, and will have carried out the testing that they believe necessary. They will also have the relevant papers available to substantiate this.

This should generally be heart and eye testing. Other tests for hips, etc. are generally done at the discretion of the breeder.

In any event, health is only one aspect to be taken into account, along with type, conformation, and soundness.  No one of these factors should take precedence over the others.

Cavaliers and children

Cavaliers are very gentle dogs, and are ideal for families with children.  However, although they are strong and courageous for their size, they cannot be expected to take the sometimes rough handling and pulling about of younger children, For this reason, we don't usually recommend selling a puppy to a home with very young children.

Lifetime commitment

Finally, dogs are not fashion accessories, or toys for children.  Buying a Cavalier is a long term commitment, and it can involve significant costs, particularly as the dog gets older.

Make sure that your breeder makes you fully aware of what is likely to be involved in fees for veterinary services, as well as food, toys, and other items.

Pet shops and ads in papers

Please  don't rush into buying a Cavalier. You may think you are "rescuing" a dog if you buy from a pet shop, dealer, or puppy mill but, in fact, you are helping to create demand for those outlets.

The dogs from these sources are not socialized, their parents have not been health-checked, and they spend all of their lives in horrendous conditions.

Let us all try to put these people out of business.

The best way to stop them selling Cavaliers is to stop buying from these sources. If there is no demand, the supply will soon dry up.

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