THINGS TO KNOW
It is most important to assess if this breed is really suited to your family and your lifestyle. We do not want any of our puppies dumped, neglected or abused because a buyer found out too late, this was not a good breed fit for them. So please, do all the checking and research needed to ensure this is for you.
Cavaliers are extremely needy in terms of wanting human company. They want to go, where you go, and be with you all the time, some get anxiety if they are away from you for long periods of time, they are considered by most, a lap dog. They definitely take the award for the best companion dog by far, always by your side - they become your shadow. They love children and they are extremely gentle. They have the biggest personality and the most beautiful temperament.
However, toy breeds are notorious for being difficult to house train, but cavaliers are easier than most toy breeds to train and will do anything for a treat. They do take a little bit of looking after in terms of grooming and need regular brushing. They are too small to be a jogging companion but love to go outdoors and can be suitable for small size yards and just love to play fetch, and very happily will walk on a lead with you. They are extremely friendly and quite willingly they will accept a strangers offer of attention, thus making it very easy for a stranger to take them without protest, so they need to have secure fencing and always in your command. Most cavaliers are laid back and quiet, but some find barking to be a fascinating pastime to the point of driving some people crazy. They are born hunters, so occasionally tend to dig your garden, they chase and at times catch birds which can be confronting. Unfortunately, they also have known health issues and some treatments can be costly. So, you need to take all this into consideration when making your assessment of the breed. It is a good idea to visit a cavalier owner or a cavalier walking group, talk to owners of the breed before deciding if you have chosen a breed suited to your lifestyle.
But we all cannot be wrong; they are in the top 20 list for one of the most popular breeds worldwide. Remember, they will be with you for many years to come.
IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND:
Sadly, every dog breed has health problems associated with it. Every dog, regardless of the breed can develop health issues which are known to affect them. As a breeder we try to avoid known problems, but as we are dealing with a living being we cannot, nobody can, could possibly guarantee you that something will not turn up unexpectedly. The only guarantee realistically a breeder can give you, is the puppy will be fit, healthy and happy at the time of purchase, but most would like to offer you way more than that, but most breeders are genuine and will not tell you something that is simply not true, or something they simply cannot guarantee. It is very unfortunate that DNA testing is widely misunderstood by many, most think if it has been DNA tested it will never have any health issues, quite simply this is not true at all. Not a scientist, not a vet, and certainly not a breeder can predict the dog's health any more than they can predict human health. It is a fact of life; things happen beyond anyone's control, and you must be prepared for this when considering this breed.
BILL OF SALE:
Our Bill of Sale will include full details of your puppy, a copy of their registration and health report. All terms of the Bill of Sale will be clear, so there are no misunderstandings, outlining our agreement, at this time we also include, puppy's treatment regime, vaccination certificate, current diet and feeding times. Your puppy will be registered with MDBA and your certificate will be sent to you if it is not available at the time of collecting your puppy. A puppy information pack will be provided with other useful information, this will be signed by both parties and like any contract, you will have a cooling off period of 7 days, likewise, if I feel the puppy is not being cared for as I would expect, I will request he be returned back into my care, with a full refund provided.
All puppies will be in close contact with children, and adults, they are familiar with lots of handling, they will not be in contact with other dogs due to their age, they should not be introduced to other animals until fully vaccinated. However, they will be used to different noises, sights and sounds. They have an agility area, ramps to climb, tunnels to run through and chase each other, they have hanging toys to encourage activity, ropes for tug of war, they have doggy doors in their play area not just for fun running in and out and hiding from each other, but when they go to new homes they are familiar how to use them, they have open door crates so when they want to rest, the plush mattresses are inviting, this also becomes familiar to them to help when they go to their new homes. They have three large play areas, one out in the open, one in the open under shade sails, the other although still outdoors has been enclosed with shade cloth and a kennel within with heating. This way they have plenty of room to play regardless of the weather. A tremendous amount of effort has gone into ensuring the puppies have adequate play space and very familiar with different settings. They truly have a five-star setting.
I am happy to share any information with you, I have a small collection of books covering various subjects and information, most recommended by ANKC for breeders, so please let me know if you would like to borrow any of these books, these books are a great source of vital information. I like to keep in touch regularly with all puppy parents to ensure their progress is on track and no concerns. I am always available for support and advice and if I do not have an answer, I will use resources to try and get one for you.
Take the time to get involved, it is very rewarding, to have contact with other puppy families of the siblings in your litter, I create a centralized media platform for all puppy families to connect with each other. I encourage you to send photos and share stories of your puppy's new life. I will be happy to coordinate catch up days when puppies are about six months old and well settled into their new family, so all our puppies and puppy families can meet and chat with each other, see how they all are progressing at intervals through various stages of their life.