The following is general information that I share with people who may be interested in getting a Cavalier as a family companion. To be considered to be placed on my waiting list for a puppy I request the following information:
- Full name
- Telephone number
- Information about the family
- Is there someone at home all / most of the time?
- Is there a safe place for the dog to go? (fenced yard?)
- Are there other pets? (breed & ages?)
- Do you currently own a Cavalier or have you owned one in the past?
- Is there a color or sex preference?
- Is there a preference for a perfectly marked pet or is a less than perfectly marked Cavalier acceptable?
I highly recommend researching the breed before making a decision to open your home to a Cavalier. Great sources for information can be found at www.ackcsc.org, www.ckcsc.org or www.cavaliersonline.org I carefully choose perspective "parents:, as I want to ensure that my puppies are placed in permanent loving homes. I also try to match the family type, size, age, activity level with the personality of the puppy. For instance, if a puppy is very outgoing and energetic, it might not be a good match for less active people. That puppy might be better suited to an "on-the-go family with children".
A fenced yard is a requirement if you get a dog from me. It doesn't have to be a huge area, a dog run or one of those kennels that can be easily erected will provide a safe place for the puppy to go out and go potty. Electric fencing is not a good idea because it may work to keep your puppy/dog in, but it doesn't keep other dogs/people out. Also, dog-kidnapping is a risk. These dogs are very valuable and unscrupulous people unfortunately are looking for an opportunity to steal them where and when they can. I do require references, usually a letter from a local veterinarian or someone else who has know the family fos ome time will do nicely. I am of course concerned that the puppy will be well loked after in a loving home. I always recommend that new Cavalier owners go through obedience course with their Cavalier and if interested, go ahead and show the dog in Obedience Class in AKC shows (you can do this even if the dog is spayed/neutered). It is a lot of fun and very rewarding for both the dog and the family member.
The dogs in our breeding program are heart checked (by certified Veterinary Cardiologist) and eye checked by ( certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist). Although it is not impossible that the puppies will not acquire Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) at some point in their lives, the chances are very good that they will not develop it until later (after the age of 5), if they develop it at all.
We only have a few litters a year and most of our puppies will go to pet homes, so they will be sold on a spay or neuter contract. I am a member of both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club (the original and oldest Cavalier Club in the US) and the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club (AKC Cavalier Parent Club). We follow the Code of Ethics for breeding of both the Cavalier Club and the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. Our puppies are all microchipped and registered with the American Kennel Club and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.
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