Q.) I’m not interested in getting a show dog. I just want a pet. Why should I a buy a puppy from a show breeder?

A.) When breeding a litter for show, the conscientious breeder has the goal to produce dogs who fit the cavalier standard, are healthy, and have the proper carefree cavalier temperament. The breeder sets these goals so that they can successfully show the offspring that they keep for themselves. The pet owner who obtains a puppy from one of these carefully planned litters, benefits by getting a quality cavalier.

Q.) Why shouldn’t I buy from a pet store?

A.) Many people consider the local pet store to be the first place they look for their new puppy when in reality, a pet store should never be considered as an option when purchasing a puppy.

Pet store owners claim to love dogs, they are actually supporting a cruel and horrible industry! Pet stores buy their puppies from puppy mills, or USDA Breeders. A puppy mill is a commercial enterprise where dogs are mass-produced with little or no concern for health, temperament or appearance. Puppy mills usually produce many breeds of dogs. The dogs are kept in cages permanently and bred every season, every year until they can no longer be bred. When they outlive their usefulness to the puppy miller they are often euthanized. Puppy mill dogs are kept in tiny cages with wire floors (so urine and feces simply drop through – no cleaning!). They have no human interaction except for the few seconds that their caretakers put food into their cages. These dogs will never see the inside of a house or feel grass under their feet. They are disposable beings kept alive only as a revenue source. If you buy a puppy from a pet store, it is likely you are helping support one of the miserable places.

Many pet stores will deny buying puppies from puppy mills. They say their puppies come from private breeders. This is not true. Or, if it is, these are pitiful breeders. What kind of reputable breeder would allow a store to take an entire litter of puppies, and sell them with no screening of buyers, no contracts protecting the puppy, or no interviews? Pet stores do nothing to ensure that the home is appropriate for the puppy and they have no care or concern that the dogs they sell are going into homes where they will be treated well. The pet stores only concern is that you pay in cash, or that your check doesn’t bounce.

Q.) Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed?

A.) Yes they do. This can be controlled with proper and regular grooming. It should be noted that cavaliers are not suitable for those with dog allergies.

While Cavaliers are clean, intelligent, and easy to groom and train, they do shed, occasionally chew things, and sometimes forget their manners by barking, making a puddle, and so on. In other words, they really are first and always dogs, in spite of their ethereal faces!

Q.) Can I leave my Cavalier at home while I’m at work?

A.) Cavaliers do not thrive when left all day without human companionship or the company of another animal. They are highly intelligent and require the same consistent and loving discipline as does a child.

Because of four hundred years of close contact with their owners and their development as lap dogs, they make wonderful companions. They are happy, outgoing, loving little dogs who want to love you and be loved, to run and play in a safe place, and to sleep in a soft bed – preferably your bed, but they’re willing to negotiate on that point!

Q.) Do Cavaliers require much exercise?

A.) Cavaliers are active and sporting little dogs that require regular exercise.

They have an instinct to give chase to just about anything that moves, and should either be on a leash or in a fenced yard or they will surely come to grief under the wheels of a car. Because cavaliers never become “street-wise,” some cavalier breeders require a fenced yard as a prerequisite for Cavalier ownership.

To keep a cavalier safe you need to either have a securely fenced yard, invest in invisible fencing, or be willing to keep you cavalier on a leash at ALL times when out of doors. Real fencing is ideal, outside freedom must be supervised when using invisible fencing, and you can use a leash successfully too. Not having a fenced yard has the disadvantage of depriving your cavalier of romping and chasing butterflies.