How do I find a Cavalier puppy to purchase?

The best place to find a puppy is from a reputable breeder.  Finding a reputable breeder can be difficult for someone unfamiliar with the hobby dog breeding.  The best places to start your search would be by contacting the American Kennel Club’s parent club organization for a list of breeders in your area.  The American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club  www.ackcsc.org will have a list of breeders by state with contact information.  Many will have web sites and you can read more about their individual breeding programs and view their dogs.  A reputable breeder will ask you lots of questions regarding your interest in the breed, your family lifestyle etc. to insure that you are selecting the right breed for your family.  Be prepared to answer these questions honestly and this will insure you get the dog that is right for you.  Many breeders do not always have puppies available at once.  Be prepared to be on a waiting list once you find a breeder you want to work with in getting your new puppy.

What age Cavalier should I buy?

The recommended age to go to a new home for a cavalier puppy is  ten to twelve weeks.
A Cavalier nine to twelve months old is a good choice for a family with children under the age of five. Cavaliers have a long puppyhood and will still be puppies at this age.

Many people find that an older Cavalier is ideal. There are many advantages, among them that the dog is already housebroken and beyond the puppy chewing stage. Any concern that such a dog will never bond as strongly as one obtained as a young puppy is unfounded. 

What health problems do Cavaliers have?

The main health problem in cavaliers is mitral valve disease of the heart.You can read more detailed articles on heart health at www.ackcsc.org under the health section.

How much exercise do Cavaliers require?

Cavaliers need either a moderate size fenced-in yard in which to run, or a minimum of one good walk each.  If their owners want walking companions, Cavaliers can build up over time to much longer walks. Regular exercise is very important for a Cavalier's heart. Even older Cavaliers should be encouraged to go up and down stairs.
Cavaliers love to interact with their owners and enjoy activity and play, making them especially close friends and confidants for children. Cavaliers are excellent with children, but the age of the children is an important factor in choosing a puppy. Because Cavalier puppies are so small, many breeders will not sell young puppies to families with children under the age of five. An older puppy or adult dog will be more suitable for such families. All children, of course, need supervision to ensure they do not hurt the dog.

Are Cavaliers good with seniors?

Retirees and empty nesters find the companionship, temperament, small size, and easy maintenance of Cavaliers ideal. Women have mentioned that a Cavalier resting on her lap or in the crook of her arm is almost as peaceful as holding a sleeping infant. And more than one senior citizen has received two invitations for a cocktail party or other get-together, one addressed to the senior and the other to his or her Cavalier.

How are Cavaliers with other pets in the household?

Cavaliers are the ultimate groupies and are usually delighted to have the company of cats and dogs of any size. If you have a large dog, you will need to watch your Cavalier puppy carefully while it is small. Because Cavaliers are spaniels with a strong sporting instinct, they should be watched closely around smaller animals.

Do Cavaliers travel well?

People who travel find it easy and pleasant to take their Cavaliers along. A cavalier’s strong desire to be with their owners makes them willing travelers. Their size and personality contribute to their welcome at “dogs allowed” hotels, and campgrounds.

Are Cavaliers an American Kennel Club (AKC) breed?

As of January 1996, Cavaliers are fully recognized by the AKC.  When purchasing a puppy your breeder will show you the puppy’s AKC registration and explain how to register your puppy quickly and easily.  AKC now offers on line registration at www.akc.org or by mailing in the copy your breeder will provide.


Can I find a Cavalier in a pet store?

Responsible breeders try to make sure this never happens. Every attempt has been made to prevent Cavaliers from falling into the hands of puppy mills or anyone else who would resell them. Cavalier breeders must adhere to a Code of Ethics, which specifically prohibits providing any puppies to pet shops or dog brokers.

What kind of grooming do Cavaliers require?

The Cavalier does require regular grooming. A great deal of time and effort is not necessary if the dog is brushed and combed thoroughly at least once a week. Knots and tangles are kept to a minimum if the Cavalier is free of parasites and combed regularly. Ears need particular attention and should be checked and given a quick combing every few days, daily in shedding season.