Find a reputable Cavalier King Charles breeder – what to look for

George as a Puppy

Have you fallen hard for the Cavalier King Charles spaniel?  Who can blame you! These absolutely adorable dogs with their lovely large eyes and furry bodies will melt just about anyone’s heart. Tempting though the idea may seem, it is best not to buy the first little puppy you fall in love with. Time spent researching reputable breeders will be well worth the effort in the end.

How to select a reputable Cavalier King Charles breeder?

Reading this article will help you learn some useful tips on how to select a reputable breeder. You can do this quite efficiently when you know what to look for and what questions to ask. Reputable breeders often have a waiting list so prepare yourself to wait and forget about instant gratification. Finding a healthy Cavalier that will grow up to be what you dreamed of having in your dog is well worth the wait.

Selecting a reputable Cavalier King Charles spaniel breeder is going to require judgement on your part. You have to first examine your reasons for wanting a Cavalier puppy as this will influence the breeder you eventually select. Reasons for choosing a puppy will vary from person to person. You may want a show dog to compete successfully in dog shows or you may want a dog purely as a companion.

Useful tips and information

Here are the useful pointers promised at the start of this article to help in search for the right Cavalier King Charles breeder:

  • Decide on what you want – show dog or cuddly pet. Your concern should be the dog’s health and lineage. If you are looking for a show dog then your search will be predominantly among professional breeders.
  • Breeder location is an important factor and it is preferable to find someone who is located near where you live. You will be able to visit the kennel and take a good look at the entire operation first hand. Face to face contact will help you to get a better impression of the breeder. Make sure to study the doggie parents – you are looking for dogs that are friendly and have a good disposition.
  • You need to delve into the breeder history to find out how long the breeder has been in business breeding Cavaliers. This will give you perspective on the experience of the breeder. Find out how many dogs the person keeps, number of litters raised each year and also try to get a general feel for the breeder’s objectives.
  • Don’t feel shy asking for references, it’s the done thing. A good reference will be the breeder’s vet apart from other buyers. Breeders who keep in touch with clients show their supportive interest in the dogs.
  • Reputable breeders will provide documentation to support pedigree and healthy histories for the dogs. Ask for information on parents, grandparents and great grandparents of the puppy you are interested in. Your interest should lie in finding a dog that comes from a long, healthy lineage.

In closing, Cavaliers are susceptible to mitral valve disease; please don’t believe a breeder who tells you his or her dogs do not have any health issues make sure you get a vet certificate!

Next time we will discuss Cavalier King Charles hereditary diseases and how to avoid them.  Till then, bye from George ‘woof’.

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