It would be difficult to find a breed more loving and adaptable than the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Their charm, intelligence and gentle, affectionate personality make them a joy to own. Their elegant appearance and beauty attracts many admirers. The Cavalier will fit in with nearly any lifestyle and is adaptable in their need for exercise. They are just as happy watching television or snoozing by the fire with their owners, as they are to go for a long walk or play “fetch” in the yard. Cavaliers are house dogs and should never be left unattended outside. Cavaliers only want to be with their families - their constant companions. Cavaliers and Children
Cavaliers naturally love children, but do not always make the best pet for a child too young to understand that these dogs can be seriously frightened or hurt by rough handling. If you have children, make sure that they have been taught to respect and handle all pets gently. If you have children who are boisterous, like to roughhouse, etc. you may want to consider a different breed. Prices
There are no set prices and you may find that prices vary from breeder to breeder and from one area of the country to another. However, this is not the time to bargain hunt. Some breeders offer price options such as a reduced price on an older dog or puppy. Finding The Right Breeder
Impulse buying and bargain shopping can be fun as long as it’s for new clothes and not
a Cavalier that will be totally dependent on you for its love and care for the rest of its life. If you have decided that a Cavalier is the right choice for you, you need to locate an ethical breeder.
A dedicated, experienced Breeder is the best place to get your puppy. These people will belong to the American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club and to their local Cavalier breed club. The AKC Parent Club for Cavaliers is The American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, Inc. (ACKCSC). The ACKCSC is a Member Club of the American Kennel Club. The local breed club for the Greater Portland Metropolitan and Southwest Washington area is the Columbia River Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, Inc.(CRCKCSC). There are many for profit pet registries in the U.S. who, for a fee, will send you a registration certificate for any breed (or mixed breed) without any history of its lineage. It is important for you to know that the (AKC) is non-profit. It is the largest purebred dog registry in the world and it is the ONLY registry in the U.S. that is recognized by every other registry in the world. Go to their web site www.akc.org
for more information and to see everything that they do for all dogs. The difference between AKC and other registries could be compared to the difference between an ethical breeder and a puppy mill.
So, locate a dedicated, experienced Breeder. The goals of these people are to improve the breed and they spare no expense in trying to breed the best Cavaliers they can. By working with this kind of breeder you will have the opportunity to see where your puppy was raised and possibly see several generations of ancestors. The personality and appearance of these older dogs is a good indicator of how the puppies will mature. Adult Cavaliers should be joyful, friendly, appear healthy, clean and well groomed. When you choose a puppy from a breeder/exhibitor, you will have someone to call on for advice and assistance. This type of breeder’s commitment to her puppies is life long and she will welcome hearing from you, now and for the lifetime of your Cavalier. To find a breeder in this area please go to the Breeders directory on our web site. www.columbiarivercavaliers.com/breeders Pet or Show?
One question you will be asked by the breeder is whether you want your Cavalier to show, or as a pet. A very young puppy can have “show potential”, but cannot be guaranteed, “show quality.” If you intend to show your Cavalier you should consider an older puppy between 6 and 12 months of age. This way the breeder can better determine if the puppy is pet or show. Many of the qualities that breeders select for in their efforts to produce a show dog are also essential for family pets. The parents of your puppy represent years of knowledge and study. They were bred to produce the best in temperament, conformation, health and soundness. Those puppies that do not meet the rigid show requirements possess all the same essential inherited qualities of the puppy that is a showable specimen. Your pet puppy will be a dog others will admire and you will be proud to own. Male or Female?
In some breeds this makes a big difference. In Cavaliers, either sex makes wonderful pets. The male Cavalier is every bit as loving and gentle as the female. A breeder may sell a family pet on AKC Limited Registration. This only means that the dog will not be bred, and most breeders will require it be spayed or neutered. A dog on Limited Registration may not be shown in conformation classes, but they may be shown in performance events such as obedience, agility and rally. Which Puppy?
When you find a breeder you like, spend time discussing your family and your lifestyle. Then allow your breeder to help you pick the puppy. The breeder has spent months with the puppies and knows their personalities. The reputable breeder wants you to have the puppy that best fits in with your life style and family. The very earliest a new puppy should go to a new home is eight weeks. The recommended age for a Cavalier puppy is 10 – 12 weeks. Cavaliers remain “babies” longer than some other breeds and need this extra time to develop with siblings
If the breeder suggests that an older puppy or young adult would be better for you, keep an open mind and consider the possibility. Breeders sometimes have older puppies that they have held onto as “show prospects.” These older puppies will be house trained much sooner and may be the ideal choice for a working family. Older Cavaliers are very adaptable and quickly make themselves part of their new family.
For more information about Cavaliers and the Club please contact:
Carol Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Stang at email@example.com