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    Default Finally decided on a breed....what next

    We have finally chosen a King Charles Cav as the preffered addition to our family.

    My husband is currently working on the backyard to ensure it is safe and the pup is unable to escape from it so we have quite a few months up our sleeves to find the puppy for us.

    I am unsure what to do next. I went to the Cav Victoria site but they don't reccomend breeders. I want to make sure I go to a good breeder for the sake of the puppies health and not to allow the puppy farms to profit.

    Can anyone give me advice on where to find a reputable breeder? Is there anything else we can do to prepare? We are in Victoria are there dog shows that might be useful

    Thank you so much

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Gippsland, Victoria


    Hi Jennifer,

    Congrats on choosing your soon-to-be new family member!

    Yes, lots of dog shows happening here in Vic, and I agree it is an excellent way to seek out breeders and begin to network within the Cavvie community.

    Many shows are held at KCC Park (Lyndhurst)... South of Melbourne (near Cranbourne), but there are plenty of others, too. This link: Events Calendar takes you to the Dogs Victoria events calendar. If you click directly on an event, it will give you further details.

    There is also lists of registered breeders and other info.

    Hope that helps, and good luck!

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    Join Date
    Nov 2010


    Good job OP on trying to find a great breeder, and congrats on making a choice. I hear cavs are lovely little dogs.

    Good luck with finding the right new member for your family/....keep us updated!

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    Sending you a PM, I know a few good cavvie breeders.

    Shows are a great way to meet breeders and exhibitorsv if you can go along to one.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Southern NSW


    Lovely choice and you have been given some great info to start you adventure.........Good luck
    Pets are forever

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Bundaberg QLD


    Congrats on your choice.
    May i suggest that if you work, teeing up some holiday time when the pup arrives (when your at that stage). It makes it so much easier if you can be around all the time, at least for the first few days. I had a week off and while he is a good pup i remember thinking how tricky it would have been if i had to work aswell as trying to get him settled in. While hubbys doing up the yard sus out what plants you have in your gardens that may be poisonous to dogs and remove them if there is any. You may just have enough time to get a replacment plant established before the pup arrives. Good luck with it and heaps of pictures please.
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    Wow thank you everyone for your kind and thoughtful answers. I do work only two days a week but yes that is a great idea I will take the week off when the pup arrives so I am home for at least a 10-12 day stretch. The dog would not often be alone. I have 3 kids 2 6 and 9 so we are either at home or at the park and when I work my Mum or Mother in law is here looking after the littlest child so he/she would not want for company.

    I will give that list to my husband but our backyard is manily palms (strange for Victoria!) so we should be safe.

    I will keep you posted I dont think we will be getting the pup for awhile but I am sure I will be on here with many questions.

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    Hi Jenniferc.

    Wonderful choice, Cavaliers are lovely family dogs.

    What you may need to do though is contact the breed club and ask them what health (genetic) test results you should receive or be informed about when purchasing a pup.

    If the breed club are not helpful check with your state governing body for purebred dogs (eg. Dogs Vic, Dogs NSW etc) and ask them.

    Sme breeds have genetic tests as part of their breeding and registration process. This is to try and protect buyers from costly and heartbreaking conditions, and to ensure the ongoing health of the breed nationwide. For example all breeding German Shepherds must have hip scores recorded before any pups from them will be registered.

    When you talk to a breeder, ask if their breeding stock has been tested or known for congenital problems, like PRA and Syringyomielia. It not only protects you from dodgy breeders, but reassures good breeders that you know what you want and what you are after, that you have done your research into the breed and know what you're talking about

    Stay in touch and let us know how you get on!!
    Last edited by Nattylou; 01-04-2012 at 01:38 PM.

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    Hi everyone

    Just checking back in we have our name down with a couple of breeders I researched. Would rather wait for the right pup than rush in.

    When it comes to choosing a pup does gender matter? Is it best to meet them all and fall in love with one. I am sure the kids will want the one that licks them the most lol but I am not sure that is the best way to go.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    I think a preference for gender is very personal. I prefer female dogs. But my reasons why are quite superficial and if I'd meet the right male dog, I could be persuaded. In fact, if I get a second dog, I may get a male if it would be a better match for my female dog. I don't think there is much of a difference in behaviour, especially not with friendly Cavs.

    If you have kids you probably wouldn't want to pick the most timid one of the litter. Other than that, I really think it is quite arbitrary. The breeder may have an opinion on what pup would be best suited to you too. I would talk to them about it.

    Any idea yet when the next litter may be expected?

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