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Pine Bush, NY 12566
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

On this page, you will find the answers to many of your questions as well as an introduction to me, my breeding program and my precious Cavies. We are not a kennel. Our dogs live in our home and have run of our farm . We are hobby breeders and have been breeding the Cavaliers for over 28 years, however we have slowed down breeding exponentially with the growth in our showing and breeding of our Welsh ponies. We strive to breed healthy, quality puppies at pet prices for PET homes. We have in the past, shown several of our dogs to their Championships . We breed mainly dogs of European decent for strong, healthful bloodlines without the extreme inbreeding found in many American lines.

PLEASE be very careful when purchasing your Cavalier puppy. DO NOT buy an “inexpensive” puppy, of course you must keep your budget in mind and most breeders will assist in pointing you in the right direction. All serious, responsible breeders price protect their puppies. The breed on average ranges in price from $2000.00 to $3000.00. You certainly should not overpay for your family pet, but please be wary of puppies priced less than $1000.00 to $1500.00, unless there is a good explanation WHY the puppy is so “affordable”. Screen the breeder and expect them to screen you. Also, it is important to purchase a puppy from a breeder who places the puppy on a spay or neuter contract to insure the preservation of the breed.

All of our dogs are of pure blood. Our breeding stock is vet checked regularly for deformities/abnormalities. All pet puppies are sold with a generous guarantee, they will be up to date on vaccinations and de wormed until they day before they leave my hands. Puppies are sold with a three year MVD, one year genetic and a fourteen day current health guarantee. A signed spay/neuter contract is required. We do NOT sell dogs for breeding purposes.

I hope I have educated you a little about your purchase. Enjoy the rest of my site and please call me if you would like more information!

Credit cards are accepted for purchases and deposits through PayPal (plus 3.5% for their fees) payment via Zelle also accepted. I am sorry but we do not ship our puppies but would be more than happy to meet you somewhere in the middle if possible.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a happy dog that does well in a country or city setting as a house pet. The Cavalier has big, beautiful, dark eyes, and a long, silky coat.
They are friendly, obedient, and affectionate. They are good with children and other pets in the household. Many retirees prefer the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because Cavaliers are wonderful companion dogs.

The appearance of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is of pure elegance; natural with no trimming.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an active, graceful, well-balanced toy spaniel and is very happy and free in action. They are fearless and sporting in character, yet gentle and affectionate.

The Cavalier is known and desired for its friendly, non-aggressive demeanor. It is this typical gay temperament, combined with true elegance and a royal appearance which are of paramount importance in the breed. A natural appearance with no trimming, sculpting or artificial alteration is essential for proper breeding.

The breed does not show any tendency towards nervousness or shyness. As a matter of fact, bad temper, shyness, and meanness are not to be tolerated. They are to be severely penalized in order to effectively remove the specimen from competitions. This may result in termination as a breeding prospect.

Living conditions: Cavaliers should live inside; they can live comfortably in small apartments or houses. Cavaliers adore children and are very sociable with other dogs and strangers.

Playing and exercise: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs regular exercise. They do well playing in a fenced yard and/or with regular walks on a leash. As with any dog, all the exercise you can give them is welcome. Cavaliers love to play tug-of-war, fetch, and to wrestle (be careful, they are small). They like the beach and the forest and will always keep up with you on a hike.

Grooming and health care: Cavaliers have a relatively long, silky coat; occasionally with a slight waviness. Weekly grooming with a firm bristle brush is recommended, paying special attention to the ears. No clipping or trimming is necessary. Bathe only when necessary and preferably not more than twice a month. Special attention should be paid to the ears which are long with abundant feathering, for they can acquire hair clumps very easily. Cavaliers live about 11-14 years.

Training and intelligence: Cavaliers are very easy to train. They are highly intelligent and willing to listen. Although the Cavalier King Charles is noted as an intelligent dog, they do not make good guard dogs or watch dogs. However, a Cavalier may give a noisy greeting to a stranger alerting his owner to someone’s arrival.

Size and coat color: Cavaliers are about 12 to 13 inches tall and weigh 13 to 19 pounds. The coat colors can be Blenheim, tricolor, ruby, and black and tan.

Blenheim – Noted by rich chestnut markings well broken up on a clear, pearly white ground. The ears must be chestnut and the color evenly spaced on the head. It surrounds both eyes, with a white blaze between the eyes and ears, the center of which may be the lozenge or “Blenheim spot.” The lozenge is a unique and desirable, though not essential, characteristic of the Blenheim. Tricolor – These have jet black markings well broken up on a clear, pearly white ground. The ears must be black and the color evenly spaced on the head. It surrounds both eyes, with a white blaze between the eyes. Other markings include rich tan markings over the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears and on the underside of the tail. Ruby – Specimens are whole-colored, rich red. Black and Tan – Characteristics are jet black with rich, bright tan markings over eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest, legs, and the underside of the tail. Faults for show ring quality include heavy ticking (freckle spots) on Blenheims or Tricolors and white marks on Rubies or Black and Tans.

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

History: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels originated in Great Britain from the King Charles Spaniels and Toy Spaniels. Developed from a cross between the King Charles and a Cocker Spaniel, the Cavalier differs greatly from its forebears.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel of today is descended from the small Toy Spaniels seen in so many of the 16th, 17th and 18th Century paintings by the likes of Titian, Van Dyck, Lely, Stubbs, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Romney. These paintings show the small spaniel with a flat head, high set ears, almond eyes and a rather pointed nose. During Tudor times, Toy Spaniels were quite common as ladies’ pets but it was under the Stuarts that they were given the royal title of King Charles Spaniels and history tells us that King Charles II (1630 – 1685) was seldom seen without two or three at his heels. So fond was King Charles II of his little dogs, he wrote a decree that the King Charles Spaniel should be accepted in any public place, even in the Houses of Parliament where animals were not usually allowed. This decree is still in existence today in England.

Over time, the Toy Spaniels were replaced in popularity by short-snouted, dome-headed dogs of Asian descent, such as the Pug and Japanese Chin. The King Charles Spaniel was bred with these dogs, resulting in the similar-shaped head of today’s English Toy Spaniel breed. The King Charles Spaniel remained popular however, at Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough, where the reddish brown (chestnut) and white version with the spot on the white blaze was the most popular – resulting in the name Blenheim for that color combination.

In the 1920s, an American named Roswell Eldrige offered twenty-five pounds as a prize for any King Charles Spaniel “of the old-fashioned type” with a longer nose, flat skull, and a lozenge (spot) in the middle of the crown of the head, sometimes called “the kiss of Buddha,” “Blenheim Spot,” or “Kissing Spot”. So, the breed was developed by selective breeding of short-snouted Spaniels. The result was a dog that resembled the boyhood pet of the future Charles II of England (“Cavalier King Charles”), whence the breed derives its name. The Cavalier has been the companion of choice to people of nobility for 400 years. Every crowned head of England had one as a companion as a child, as did many in the Dutch court.
By the 1940s these dogs were classified as a separate breed and were given the prefix “Cavalier”, to differentiate them from their forebears.

The Kennel Club granted the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels their own registration in 1945. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been shown in the Toy Group of the AKC since 1996.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an active, graceful, well-balanced toy spaniel. Very gay and free in action, they are fearless and sporting in character, yet gentle and affectionate.The cavalier has been voted the best choice for families with children of almost any age for they are not an agressive dog in nature, but forgiving and extremely kind. However they adapt to almost any lifestyle.

It is this typical temperament, combined with true elegance and royal appearance, which are of paramount importance in the breed.

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For those seeking the “Designer dog” or Cavalier Crosses ……We DO NOT and WILL NOT ever breed the so called “designer dog” (A fancy name for a mutt) , for there is no need to change an already perfect breed unless it is to improve the health. Responsible Cavalier breeders are hard at work doing this, by breeding healthy pure bred Cavaliers to other healthy pure bred Cavaliers within the breed standard.

We DO NOT sell to anyone that wants to breed or create the so called “designer dog.”

On a Serious note…If you are interested in a “designer dog” please visit your local animal shelter or a rescue society, they have many wonderful loving “designer dogs” in desperate need of a good home and someone to love. You will also find they are offered at a fraction of the cost. Please do not encourage these breeders to continue mix breeding by buying a “designer dog” at a pure bred price. If allergies are a concern, think about purchasing a breed that does NOT shed. Remember it takes YEARS of selective breeding and knowledge of genetics to guarantee that your new “designer dog” will not shed…

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