Where to find your Cavalier puppy
I hope this short guide may be of help to people looking for a New Cavalier pup.
Where NOT to obtain your Cavalier puppy.
First - where NOT - to try to buy a Cavalier puppy.
Never buy from a Newspaper advertisement.
Never buy from someone who advertises several breeds of dog/puppy they are usually dealers or agents.
Never buy from a pet shop or store ? however prestigious!
Never buy from any ?breeder? who says they are selling the pup for a sister/aunt, friend etc.
Never buy from someone who says they will deliver your new pup to you and accept a credit card (and you have NOT seen the pup). Never ever buy from a breeder who says her dogs have not been heart/eye tested as her dogs have never had any trouble and her line is guaranteed no living creature can be guaranteed.
All responsible and good breeders will have made sure that parents have at least been heart and eye tested. Ask to see recent certificates.
If possible the parents should also have been MRI scanned for the condition SM syringomyelia.
Never buy a pup the breeder produces for you and says, This is your pup? (Unless it is the only one in the litter).
Good responsible breeders never need to advertise ? they usually have waiting lists.
What you should do before buying a puppy.
Contact your local Cavalier Club there are Clubs that cover most areas in the UK.
They should be able to give you the names of good breeders.
Go to a dog show, look at the Cavaliers and talk to Cavalier people ? who show and breed.
Even if you don't want to show your Cavalier you want a healthy pup from a good line of Cavaliers.
You must go to see any possible pups WITH their Mum, and litter mates in the home where they have been bred.
You may not be able to see the Father as breeders often use another breeder's stud dog.
If possible see other members of the pup's family, Aunties, Grandma etc.
Be prepared to be grilled by the breeder as to you, your family, your home, your family circumstance, in short your suitability for this, very people orientated breed.
A Cavalier for instance would NOT be happy if left alone for long periods.
Ask if the Mother has been tested annually for clear heart and eyes, and ask politely if these certificates are available.
Ask about the Father of the pups, is there perhaps a photo of him.
Ask if the puppies have been brought up with children/other pets if that is important to you.
Look at the pup's Mother, if she is well and happy and friendly, then there is a very good chance that her offspring will be too.
Do NOT look for spotless conditions (puppies of any age can be messy) look for sensible clean surroundings, and clean bright pups.
Tell the breeder if you want a pup as a family pet, or one with show potential? bearing in mind that this cannot be fully determined at eight weeks old.
Please be completely honest with the breeder if you have any doubts as to your capabilities for looking after a pup or if you want to think about it for a bit.
Good breeders will understand and explain anything you don't understand.
Please don't be impatient, you may have to wait some time to find the pup for you but remember that hopefully you are going to have him/her for 10 plus years or more, so wait for the right pup for you.
Be prepared for the breeder to ask you a lot of questions too as they will want to make sure you will be a suitable owner for one of the pups they have bred with care.