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:: Don't be taken in by flowery websites and cute puppy pictures
This is a PUPPY MILL Website.  The information and pictures are almost too good to believe.  The Breeding stock in a puppy mill are bred over and over and  over again.  They are basically, "Bred to Death".  When you buy a puppy from a pet store or puppy mill YOU make it possible for them to continue.  If the price looks like it's so much "cheaper" to buy from here, in the long run, your Vet Bills will far outweigh the initial cost of the puppy.  Remember, "You get what you pay for."
:: Breeders I recommend

Marilyn Mayfield - Camarillo, CA     www.mayfieldcavaliers.com

Gwen Crawford and Sue Miller  Cottford Court Cavaliers, Ontario, CA   topcavs@gte.net

Sandy Harrison - West Hills, CA  Sandi Cavaliers sandybh@juno.com

Audrey Johnson - Temecula, CA  Kendrey Cavaliers kj-aj@msn.com

Throughout USA

Meredith Johnson-Snyder - Marengo, OH  www.rattlebridge.com

Ginger Harrison - San Antonio, TX
Bentwood Cavaliers

Erica Venier - Leesport, PA  www.Orchardhillcavaliers.com

United Kingdom

Jenny Hall - Crayford, Kent, UK http://www.muffitycavaliers.co.uk/

Lucy and Diana Koster - Balsal Common, Coventry, UK - www.harana.co.uk Whole Colors


Chris and Shelley Hodgekinson Cavaliers of Carver  cshodgkinson@encode.com




Here is some info that might be helpful for those looking for a Cavalier.

Let's start with the premise that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very popular breed. This means that you may not be able to find one available on a moments notice. Many people are surprised when they are told that they will have to be on a "waiting list" for a Cavalier but it is a reality.

BREEDERS: There are several types of breeders and/or people who are selling Cavaliers in today’s market. It is very important that you know the difference.

HOBBY/SHOW BREEDERS are the people who are breeding to the AKC published breed standard. These people live by a code of ethics and a love of the breed.

They breed for the superior qualities they are trying to perpetuate in the Cavalier and these qualities, as well as the health of the dogs they are breeding, are of paramount importance to them. They do not always have a litter available but when they do they try to get the very best homes possible for the puppies they are not going to keep. When you contact one of these breeders you may be asked many questions and in some cases, you may be asked to fill out an application form.

THE "WAITING LIST:" In working with a reputable breeder, you may be asked if you would like to be on their waiting list. This is a list that some breeders will keep of people who they feel may be particularly qualified to have one of their puppies. Many new Cavalier owners have waited up to a year to get a dog from the breeder of their choice. It is rare that a puppy is available immediately.

You may expect this breeder to have done all the health testing on the sires and dams before they were ever bred. They will be happy to tell you about the general health of their dogs as well as answer specific questions.

This type of breeder will also be willing to refer you to other breeders they may know in their network who also breed to high standards.

You may contact several breeders before you find one that you are comfortable with and want to work with. When you do find this special person, work with them exclusively toward getting the puppy or dog of your dreams. Do not use the "shotgun" approach to puppy buying. This has not proven to be an effective method of acquiring a pet.

Never purchase from ads you may see in the newspaper as many brokers and less than reputable breeders advertise this way. The hobby/show breeder will almost never advertise in a newspaper because they have all the calls they can handle from word-of-mouth and the Parent Club breeder referral list.

BACKYARD BREEDERS: This type of breeder is usually the person who has one or two dogs who breeds an occasional litter but does not have any affiliation with other breeders nor are they bound by any codes of ethics. They may or may not do health testing and may not be familiar with proper care and conditions for raising a healthy litter of puppies. This type of breeder most often advertises their puppies for sale in the local newspaper.

IMPORTERS/BROKERS: These people are not breeders but instead, they import dogs from foreign puppy farms. These poor puppies are born and raised in poor conditions and many have multiple health and personality problems. They usually advertise in the newspaper and their ads usually begin with something like, "Imported from Ireland," or "Belgian Imports." The dogs are usually selling at prices far below those of the ethical breeder, the parents have not had the proper health checks before breeding, and there is no way they can give any guarantees. This is a sad situation.

COMMERCIAL BREEDERS/PET SHOPS: Commercial breeders (sometimes known as puppy mills) are just what the name implies. They have a commercial breeding operation, operated for profit and most frequently sell the puppies born at their breeding establishments to pet stores although some do sell "out the door" at their kennels. Commercial breeders have large kennels with hundreds of dogs although there are probably some that operate on a smaller scale.

It is up to you to decide which type of breeder you want your puppy to come from. Once you decide, you will have to be patient. It is rare (although it does happen) that a reputable breeder will have a puppy available immediately.

A Few Points to Remember:

1.  In the US, the dog should be registered with the AKC and/or the CKCSC (original, parent club of the breed in the US). They might also be UKC reg. for the owner to participate in obedience or agility, but beware of ones ONLY UKC registered or the illegitimate registries like the Rare Breed, Continental Kennel Club, FIC, North American Purebred Dog Registry, Krystle Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, APR, or others cropping up every day. Usually these people have lost CKCSC and/or AKC privileges.  (In Canada, the dog would be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club. In England with The Kennel Club.

2.  Do not deal with someone USDA registered.  These are commercial breeding farms, commonly referred to as puppy mills.  Do not buy from a pet store. They are almost always supplied by puppy mills, no matter what they say. It is against the Code of Ethics of the Cavalier Club to sell to a broker or pet store, or to supply a dog for an auction or raffle. Do not buy off the internet, out of the newspaper or from an advertisement.  There are no bargains in the Cavalier world, where the phrase "You get what you pay for" has never been more applicable.

3. Buy the breeder first and then the dog.  You want someone experienced and knowledgeable who you will be comfortable with for the lifetime of the dog. They should be there to answer questions, help with training, etc.  They will want to know of any problems you are having and will require you to notify them if you are unable at any time for any reason to keep the dog.

4.  Ask as many questions of the breeder as a reputable one will be asking you--where the puppies were raised, what the breeder did to socialize them, what clubs the breeder belongs to, why this particular breeding was done, what good points these dogs have, what their bad points are.  If the parents are not being shown (and winning!) ask who evaluated them as breeding quality--besides the breeder!!   Be comfortable with the answers you get.

Ask many questions BEFORE deciding whether to even go meet a breeder/see puppies so you don't make an impulse purchase (which is what keeps dogs in pet stores.)

5.  Be sure and see certificates of health testing on parents.  The appropriate ones for Cavaliers are:

HEART--The latest research presented at the International Heart Symposium in May 98 says sire and dam should be at least 2.5 years of age and heart cleared by a CARDIOLOGIST within the previous year (not just regular vet). THEIR parents should still be heart clear at age 5.  Mitral valve disease is a major concern in the breed.

EYES--Sire and dam should have a current (within the last year) CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) test by an OPHTHALMOLOGIST (this also cannot be a regular vet).

PATELLAE--Luxxating, or slipping, patellae, or kneecaps, are a common problem in toy breeds, including Cavaliers.  A (regular) vet needs to check sire and dam before breeding. Certification can also come from the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation of America).

HIPS--hip dysplasia DOES happen in small dogs.  Approx. 11% of Cavalier x-rays submitted to the OFA show hip dysplasia and since the really bad ones are never sent in, they estimate as much as 1/3 possibly have HD.
An x-ray is taken by a regular vet and sent to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for a grading of excellent, good, fair, borderline, or degrees of dysplasia. A regular vet does NOT read the x-ray--it must go to the OFA. The OFA website has some excellent info and you can check the status on any dog who has passed (assuming the owner has sent in the results).

6. Make certain the Mother is present with her puppies and if possible, ask to meet the Father too.  Be sure the mother has a good temperament. She will influence the puppies more than the father.

7. The Cavalier comes in four accepted colors--ruby (solid red), blenheim (red and white), black and tan, and tri color (black and white with tan markings). They are 12-13 inches at the shoulder and 12-18 lbs. They are indoor, in your face dogs, and YES, they lick and they DO SHED.

8.  Red flags-- "I have any color, male or female available right now," "The whole litter is show quality,"  "The testing is not reliable,"  "If you don't trust my word, I don't want to deal with you,"  "My line has no problems."

9.  Good reading--Cavalier books by Barbara Garnett Smith, John Evans, Bruce Fields, Sheila Smith, and an excellent one by D. Caroline Coile (the last a small paperback).  Other good ones, not specifically Cavalier are "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With" by Rutherford and Neil, "Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brian Kilcommons, "Super Puppy" by Peter Vollmer and "Social Graces" by Margery West.

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