What Should You Know Before Purchasing a Cavalier Puppy?
First, Cavaliers are wonderful dogs, but it is possible that they may not be the best fit for your lifestyle.
Cavaliers are bred to live as loving companions. They do not thrive living outside or in a kennel. They need and want to be a part of your day-to-day life. If you lead a very busy life with little time to cuddle and nurture an adoring dog, please do not purchase a cavalier.
When selecting a breeder, make sure that they are knowledgeable about the breed. Remember, this dog is going to be part of your life for a long time. Make the best informed decision for you and your family. Although cavaliers are living creatures and as such, no one can guarantee a puppy will never develop a problem, responsible breeders take the time to study pedigrees and breed carefully to minimize those problems to the extent that they can. The "cheap" cavalier is not necessarily the best purchase and may well end up being an exercise in heartache and frustration.
Buying a purebred dog can be very confusing especially for the first time buyer. The internet has allowed many successful breeders the opportunity to showcase their lovely dogs, their show ring success and their solid breeding programs. Unfortunately it has also allowed many substandard breeders to have beautiful websites, while continuing to breed unhealthy puppies in unacceptable conditions. The internet has also spawned dozens of alternative registries. Most of these registries require little or no documentation to register a dog. You literally can send in the name of your dog and get "papers." So when someone tells you that their puppy has papers, please be sure that you are dealing with an American Kennel Club breeder.
We are a small hobby show home, that breeds occasionally with the hope of producing our next show prospect. We pay special attention to health, temperament, and type. However, we cannot keep every puppy, so we do have pet and show prospects occasionally available to responsible and loving homes. If you are interested in being placed on an "interest list," please contact us. Our dogs are raised in the heart of our family, and are well socialized, happy and confident. As members of the dog fancy and active members of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club and the local AKC-licensed Cavalier Breed Specialty Club (the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Central Arizona, Inc.) , we are guardians of this loving breed and therefore only place our companion puppies with spay/neuter contracts. We hope you will understand that we will probably have as many questions about you, as you will about us!
Please help us to protect our breed by taking care when you select your puppy and the person you purchase it from. We recommend that you purchase from a breeder who is a member of a local AKC-accredited breed club. In Phoenix, Arizona, this is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Central Arizona.
We are also always happy to put you in touch with a reputable breeder in your area. We will be happy to to discuss the breed with you and answer any questions you may have. firstname.lastname@example.org