King Charles Spaniel puppy Price
Questions About Cavaliers in General:
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Questions about My Cavaliers
How long do Cavaliers live?
Cavaliers have a life expectancy of between 9-12 years, with many living to 15-16. Buying from a reputable breeder will increase the likelihood of getting a Cavalier who'll live a good, long life.
Are Cavaliers good with kids? With other pets?
Cavaliers are truly wonderful with kids and other pets. They are gentle and patient and seem to really like small children.
How do I know if I am dealing with a reputable breeder?
Although there are exceptions to everything, a reputable breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will be actively involved in their local Cavalier Club and will be actively involved in showing their dogs. Their goals in breeding are to produce top quality show dogs and to improve the breed. A reputable breeder does NOT breed in order to sell puppies. They will have all their breeding stock tested annually by a cardiologist and an ophthalmologist and will readily produce copies of their dogs' current clearance certificates. A reputable breeder will carefully follow the Code of Ethics of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breeder.
They will be VERY concerned about the well being of their dogs and will carefully interview a prospective buyer to determine if the home would be suitable for one of their puppies. The dogs of a reputable Cavalier breeder will live WITH their owner and be underfoot most of the time! They will NOT be raised in kennels or cages isolated from humans (though they will probably each have their own crate in which they sleep and eat and are put at times to keep them out of mischief). The dogs of a reputable breeder will appear to be clean and healthy looking and have happy wagging tails. They will love people and rush to greet visitors. Don't expect a perfectly clean home - especially with puppies running around - but do expect good healthy conditions and a breeder that immediately responds to clean up any "accidents" that may occur.
ALWAYS ask the following before buying a Cavalier:
- Do you show your dogs and how often?
- Are you members of the local Cavalier Club?
- May I see the registration certificates and the heart and eye clearance certificates of the parents of the puppies?
- Make sure the registrations are with either AKC or CKCSC [anything else is likely a puppy mill registry],
- Make sure the registration certificates do not say "Restricted" [meaning they do not have the right to breed or show the dog and are, therefore violating some breeder's contract by breeding], and
- Make sure the heart and eye certificates are dated within the past 12 months.
- Were your puppies born here or in another country? (If they tell you they were born in or imported from Ireland, be VERY suspicious as you may well be dealing with a "puppy broker" - one who buys up entire litters from the puppy mills in Ireland and elsewhere in order to sell them in the U.S. It is illegal to import puppies younger than 6 months for resale. See )
- May I see your puppies' and other dogs' regular living areas (instead of just viewing the puppies they bring out to a special "viewing room.")
How can I make sure I am buying a healthy puppy?
The best way to get a healthy puppy is to only buy from a reputable breeder. While this will not absolutely guarantee you a healthy puppy, you are far more likely to get a good healthy puppy from a reputable breeder who follows all the health and breeding rules than you are from a hobby/backyard breeder, a puppy miller, a puppy broker or a pet shop.
Why am I told NOT to buy from a pet shop, flea market or hobby/backyard breeder?
NO ethical reputable breeder would EVER sell a puppy to a pet shop or offer puppies for sale at a flea market or side of the road. NEVER! Thus, you can be assured that ANY puppy purchased from a pet shop or flea market situation comes from a highly questionable background and that usually means your are taking a huge risk on their health. Do not believe them when they try to tell you differently.
The hobby or backyard breeder is unlikely to be showing their dogs and are most likely only breeding to make money from selling puppies. It is this type breeder who, in trying to maximize their profits, will fail to do proper annual health testing, will be reckless or ignorant of good breeding rules, will carelessly cross bloodlines, will use dogs with known health problems, etc. Again, you take a huge risk in buying a puppy from such a person. The few hundred dollars you save by buying from such a person will likely be more than made up in vet bills and heartache later on.
What is a "puppy mill" and how do I know if I am dealing with one?
A puppy mill is basically a puppy factory. Usually many breeds of dog are kept and bred. They are bred solely for profit and the breeding stock are most often kept in cages most of their lives and stay pregnant. Many are kept in terrible squalid conditions. Breeding animals are sold and auctioned off to other puppy mills. Dogs who are no longer capable of breeding are put to death. Virtually NO health care is given and inbreeding is rampant. Puppies from such conditions are often unhealthy and unsocialized, being timid and fearful. Puppies from these mills are sold to pet shops and often sold at flea markets. Learn more about puppy mills at
What are the health issues associated with a Cavalier?
The Cavaliers as a breed have one major health issue. Mitral valve disease (a heart condition involving a heart murmur) is common in this breed. The severity is graded in a range of 1 (the mildest) to 5 (the most severe). The disease tends to be progressive, so a dog that is diagnosed with a grade 1 murmur at age 2 might well reach a higher grade in future years. The earlier the onset of the disease, the more likely the dog will develop a serious condition. It is for this reason that the annual heart check by a canine cardiologist is so important for our breeding stock. The reputable Cavalier breeders have banded together in an attempt to eliminate this disease. To do this we have formed breeding rules that require annual heart checks and close monitoring of our breeding stock. We have made great strides and now there are many Cavaliers who do not develop the disease at all and many that develop only mild grades and at older ages and with little or no affect on the dogs' overall health.