Here is some information that
might be helpful for those looking for a Cavalier.
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 momentís 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
There are several types of breeders and/or people who are
selling Cavaliers in todayís market. It is very important
that you know the difference.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.