Are Cavaliers good with children?
Absolutely! Cavaliers feel that every stranger is a friend or potential one. They love everyone and are a full family pet.
- Are they good with seniors?
Retirees, or "empty nesters," find the companionship, temperament, small size and easy maintenance ideal. More than one woman has mentioned that a Cavalier resting on her lap or in the crook of her arm is almost as peaceful as holding a (human) sleeping infant. More than one active senior with a Cavalier has experienced the receipt of two invitations for a Cocktail Party/Get Together-one addressed to the Senior and one to the Cavalier
How long do they live?
This depends on what article you are reading. The time seems to be 12-16 years. This is a very big decision when purchasing a pet. They live a long time and need stability as much as you do. Again, this breed and all other breeds can develope health issues that surprise even the vet. Do your research! Some can develope the mitro valve problem and probaly won't live past 8. That goes for all dogs. Keep their weight within the breeds guidelines. (Doesn't that go for all of us?)
Do they bark a lot or are they yippy like many small dogs?
Mine don’t. They do sound off when someone comes to the door or they see a squirrel that taunts them outside. All dogs bark.
Are they an outdoor dog?
Cavaliers love it outside but they are NOT AN OUTDOOR dog. This is of course my opinion.
Do they get along with cats?
Normally. Shantae lives with a huge cat. Many of my customers have multiple cats. The cats hide for a day or two and then decide to join the family again.
Are they easy to potty train?
I think so. With basic techniques, consistency, patience and love, it’s a rather fast process. This is an owner thing and this ball is in your court.
Male or Female?
Cavaliers do not have the normal aggressive male behavior. Both the male and female are loving, kind and dedicated. When you neuter your male it should solve any uneutered problems. All responsible pet owners should neuter/spay their pets. I personally think the boys are nicer long term.
Do Cavaliers like walks?
Absolutely. They love walks. Just not to far and not to long. Cavaliers like lots of naps just like the English like lots of tea.
Do Cavaliers like to travel?
Get a car seat! Mine go absolutely joyously crazy when I say car. They travel well on trips with appropriate stops and will behave fine in a vehicle. How they act will determine your training skills. Again, consistency, patience and love. Their strong desire to be with their owners makes them willing travelers. Their size and personality contribute to their welcome at "dogs allowed" hotels, marinas & campgrounds.
We both work. Will the Cavalier do well?
If you both work and are gone 9-10 hours a day this is NOT the dog for you. The Cavalier is a companion dog and does not do well when left alone. It must have companionship and interaction to be mentally healthy. Actually, just like a person. The dog cannot be kenneled for your convenience. If you work a full time job and no one is home, possibly you should wait for a Cavalier. You would not enjoy the dog and the dog can’t enjoy you. This is just something else to look forward to with retirement.
What are the colors?
The most popular and common is the blenheim. Blenheim is white and a rich ruby color. Not brown! Also, not a lot of freckles. Tri-color is black, tan and white. Again, not freckled. Ruby is pure ruby. A miss-marked ruby will have a very little white on the head or chest. No difference in quality of the temperament or dedication. It’s only difference is price. Black and tan is pure black and tan appropriately marked. The blenheim and tri are commonly referred to as party colors and the ruby and black and tan are whole.
- Is this the breed called "the ultimate snob dog"?
Yes, an article appeared in Town and Country Magazine a few years ago. The title referred to the attitude of owners, not the Cavaliers. It was mentioned that Monarchs, Presidents, Captains of Industry and Movie Stars own Cavaliers. Further the fact that puppies are sometimes hard to find contributed to the title. Further, prospective puppy buyers are often surprised by the "third-degree" administered by breeders trying to determine their suitability to owning a Cavalier.
- What people do well with a Cavalier?
The Cavalier has been the companion of choice to high stress people for 400 years. Every crowned head of England had one as a companion as a child, as did many in the Dutch court. More recent celebrities who own or have owned Cavaliers are Ronald and Nancy Reagan, William F. Buckley, Ms. Frank Sinatra, Candice Bergen, Robert Wagner & Natalie Wood, Sex and The City and many others. The Cavalier has a calming effect on many people. Stress reduction/relaxation can be noticeably felt when a Cavalier curls up peacefully on a lap.
- Are they good guard dogs?
No. While the Cavalier will alert his owner to an arrival of someone new, they seem to regard all strangers as friends they haven't met yet. Although a noisy greeting may be enough to ward off a prowler, it would be difficult picturing anyone being scared off by a Cavalier.
- Are they an AKC breed?
As of January 1996, the Cavaliers have full recognition by the AKC. This has resulted in two national breed clubs, the original CKCSC-USA and the AKC-recognized ACKCSC. It remains to be seen what the long-term results will be.
They have full recognition by the British Kennel Club and the CanadianKC does not recognize Cavaliers registered with the CKCSC-USA, but does recognize those registered with the AKC. Just because a dog carries a certain registry does not mean that the dog has a free pass on health, tempermant or any other concern. It's in the breeding and breeder. An AKC dog can be a puppy mill dog also. If the breeder spends money on OFA certifications I feel better about the whole operation.
- Can I find one in a pet store?
Hopefully, NEVER! Every attempt has been made by the Cavalier Kennel Clubs to prevent Cavaliers from falling into the hands of puppy mills or anyone who would resell the dog. The Cavalier breeders adhere to the Code of Ethics which specifically excludes providing any puppies for resale. Responsible Cavalier breeders do their best to screen any prospective puppy buyer and often refuse to sell to a less than "ideal" home
- What medical problems do Cavaliers have?
For the most part Cavaliers are quite healthy dogs. There are a few problems which are known to appear in the breed: heart murmurs, cataracts, and Subluxating Patellas. Mitral Valve Heart Disease is something to ask the breeder about, as well. There can be many dormant genes that can create problems. All unexpected. No one can guarantee a perfect dog. If you have concerns of any kind please contact your vet and ask the vet your specific concern. I am not a vet. They are numerous diseases that can come about at anytime. Some are very unforseen and unexpected. Consult your vet with any concerns or questions you may have. They can give you a direct answer. Any breed can have health issues that pop up suddenly and are not even on the list for that breed. Please do not add any pet if you are not available emotionally or financially for the long run.
- What kind of grooming is necessary for Cavaliers?
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. Cavaliers do shed, particularly in spring and fall, but a little all the time. Nails should be clipped and the hair between the pads trimmed once a month. No other trimming is necessary (or allowed) in the show ring. The ideal brushes to use are the softer slicker brushes or a pin brush (not nylon or plastic) and a metal comb. Knots and tangles are kept to a minimum if the Cavalier is free of parasites and is combed regularly. Brush out all knots and tangles before bathing.
Cavaliers are naturally clean dogs. Too much bathing dries out the skin and coat so certainly do not bathe more than twice a month.. Don't use human shampoo on dogs. Rinse thoroughly. A human blow dryer (not on hot) and brushing at the same time works well for drying. Keep blower moving so any one spot does not get overheated.
Commercial preparations are made that will help remove tear stains under the eyes. Keep eyes clean and dry. Vaseline applied to the dog's nose occasionally will keep it from getting dry and rough. A vet should be consulted if the condition becomes severe.
Will you ship?
Yes. Of course, weather is a huge factor and must be done safely. I can fly puppies and sometimes have them hand delivered. Every situation is different.