This information will hopefully help you on your search for
a healthy, happy Cavalier and ethical breeder. I breed and
show and have one litter planned for this year. I keep
a short wait list and rarely have puppies available without
This breed does have heart problems
need to be fully aware of this on your search for a healthy
Cavalier. Ethical and reputable breeders Cardiologist
Board Certify hearts on breeding stock YEARLY and
will provide you with the proper OFA certification on the
parents. Sadly, because Cavaliers have become so popular
in the past few years, many
and back yard breeders have started breeding Cavaliers with
no thought regarding temperament, health and heart problems.
Many innocent people like you, have purchased Puppy mill
puppies, usually at a Pet Shop or from a Broker newspaper
ad, and ended up with disaster. It sounds quite strange to
say NEVER buy from a pet shop, but PUPPY MILLS are the only
place (other than a backyard breeder) that will sell to them
for resale. Ethical breeders abide by a Code of Ethics
within the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Clubs and are not allowed to sell for resale. For this reason, ONLY
PURCHASE FROM A MEMBER OF THE CAVALIER CLUBS. Here is a link
to our San Diego Club Code of Ethics,
All Cavaliers are pets!
Wanting a pet does not affect the price.
May I suggest you attend a dog show in your area to meet
some reputable and ethical breeders? Attending a dog
show does not mean you have an interest in showing, but
it will help you know if this breed is right for you, and
you can see lots of Cavaliers together, meet some other
breeders and touch the dogs if you ask. You can also see
what "type" & "color" you may like, at a show. Remember, Cavaliers come in four colors.
and click on shows to find most Southern California shows,
for all others go to
Info dog ,
click on show information/calendar and search by state.
It will give you most of the shows in the state and when
and where they are. Most people who show their dogs
(like myself) place most of the puppies in a litter with
people who have no interest in showing. I like to see my prospective puppy owners attend a show.
They are always glad they did, and grateful to me for
suggesting it. Many change the color and sex
they "thought" they wanted after attending.
purchase a puppy from anyone that does not have the
clearances and cannot show you the Mom or Dad. Beware of anyone who wants to meet you away from their
home. These are NOT ethical breeders! If you walk into
filthy conditions and have a bad feeling, leave.
Please report to the humane society bad conditions, you will
be doing the dogs a big favor, and your name remains
anonymous, always, and the facility/home will be checked
out. Many, many Cavaliers (and other breeds) have been
saved by your calls.
Only purchase from a breeder who belongs
to the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel Club, USA or a local AKC approved
Cavalier Club. This is the first question to ask ANYONE you
are considering purchasing a Cavalier from. If they
say they don't belong, DO NOT deal with them. If
they say yes, check it out, or ask me, I belong to both
clubs and my local Cavalier Clubs and can look at the
Affiliations" does not mean they are a member of the
BEWARE of brokers who advertise in the Newspapers.
Ethical breeders of Cavaliers NEVER advertise in the
paper. Be careful. I cannot stress enough to ASK for a copy
of the board certified heart, hip and eye clearances on BOTH
parents if you do not know the breeder.
Ask if the Cavalier is AKC registered. Many "inexpensive"
dogs are not registered with the American Kennel Club and
most certainly ARE NOT health tested for heart, hips,
patellae and eyes.