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    Just thought I would start a group as i couldnt see one.

    A member here Jen, is in the proccess of purchacing a little Blenheim girl and this would be a great place to share her experiences and pictures.

    Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    Temperament: loyal, friendly
    Lifespan: 10-12 years
    Maintenance: medium
    Recommended for: families, young children, older adults


    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was deliberately bred as a companion dog and has fulfilled its life's work admirably.

    Appearance: With a sweet rounded face, big brown eyes and soft floppy ears the Cavalier together with his outgoing friendly personality is the ultimate "cute" dog.
    They are small, reaching only 31-33cm (12-13") and weighing 5-8kg (8-10lb). There are four colours, Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tri-colour (black, white and tan), black and tan, and ruby (solid red). They shouldn't be confused with the King Charles Spaniel, a dog with a shorter snout and is more reserved in nature.

    Temperament: Known for their beautiful temperaments, Cavaliers are affectionate and compliant, tolerant of children and come highly recommended by many vets and are especially recommended for families with children unfamiliar with dogs and the elderly.

    Health: Choose your breeder carefully when buying a pup.
    Responsible breeders are screening parents and grandparents to eliminate known genetic problems such as luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps), eye defects and congenital heart problems.
    Heart Mitral valve disease (MVD) is both a congenital disease and is inherited in certain lines of Cavaliers, and requires breeders only breed when the bitch reaches 5 years of age and is assertained to be heart clear. MVD is the largest cause pf death among Cavaliers and sadly, some people seem less concerned with diseases and more concerned with selling puppies.

    Space/Housepet potential:

    The Cavalier makes an ideal housepet, being small, quiet and unobtrusive. They are said to be easily house-trained and do not need a big backyard, but do however require walks and stimulating games and activities.

    They are not a breed that will thrive if left ouside or alone for long periods of time. They are an inside dog, prefering to crawl up in your lap at every opportunity.

    Ideal owner: Cavaliers appeal to older people and young families alike, and are adaptable enough to fit in either situation. Puppies/dogs have an extremely gentle nature and may be injured if left unsupervised with children under three years, so children do need to be supervised around Cavaliers.

    Grooming: The Cavalier needs bathing and a good brush for 15-20 minutes each week. When coming out of winter hair may be shed onto furnishings. The drop ears should be wiped clean and checked regularly to avoid infections.

    History: Small spaniels have been favourites for many centuries with those people rich enough to keep a dog simply for pleasure, and not one that had to earn its keep. While it wasn't until the 1940s that Cavaliers were registered as a breed in their own right, they have had a rapid - and many would say deserved - rise in popularity to be Australia's 4th-most popular pedigreed breed.

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    Thanks so much for starting this thread I am looking forward to being able to share our journey

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    Hey jen,
    Just looked at the website, mum looks gorgeous, she looks just like my Molly (before she was clipped) and the pups adorable. Have you seen the dad? Really hoping your kiddies have the chance to choose, but either way its a win win..you will have your new baby..cant wait!
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    No I haven't seen the Dad his pedigree name is on the dogzonline listing maybe if I google it. I know the breeder said she paid about $1600 for the Mum as she was show quality she really was gorgeous when I met her. She gave birth the next day by c/section (not elective lol) I think she looks amazing in that photo considering what she has been through.

    Halfway through the 8 week wait for the pup now. Slowly buying our bits and pieces. I wanted to ask I know the breeder will give me information on what to feed the pup to start with but wondered what you feed your gorgeous dogs? What is the best diet for a KCCS going forward

    So excited

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    Yes, the breeder will give you a list of what the pups have been fed so far, as its really important to not to make any changes for awhile and when you do, they need to be very gradual so as not to upset her tum.

    I am a fan of raw food and my dogs have chicken necks as the cartilidge and bones are a really good source of nutrients, plus the chewing is great for there teeth. I also give them a handfull of good quality dry food for extra nutrients.Twice a week they have pet chicken/beef/lamb mince (bone and offal inc in chicken)so i can mix in a few cooked eggs, some boneless fish and flaxseed oil.

    If your not a big fan of pet mince/chicken necks (I used to almost throw up), vets sell a product called BARF, which is raw, no additives and comes in little one serve size packs for those of US with squeamish tums, which is what I include feed my Mummas when pregnant and fussy and its very good for them.
    But you will hear a dozen different idea's and probably all just as good so choose what suits you best.

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    Sorry had to LOL at Barf I can just imagine telling her to come and eat her Barf.

    After much discussion we are calling her Rosie. The only name all of us agreed on.

    Do you think it is a good idea to take her to the vet for a once over as soon as I get her or is the vet check the breeder provides enough until her next vaccinations are due?

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    Hello Jen, sorry for not getting back to you but have been off on a holiday.
    The vet check if it was done at the last vaccination should suffice and they will give her another check when she is due again, but of course take her if you are worried about anything.

    Not long now till she comes home, what is the date?
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    Hello Maximus Cav,

    And to you and your cavalier...

    I would love to see pictures of your cav. I have 4 and adore them.
    My thoughts regarding feeding raw is that it is very hard to actually feed ALL raw as raw food alone does not often provide all the nutrients your dog needs. So what I do is feed my guys chicken necks 3=4 times a week as they they dont actually have a bone as such, its more cartalige and very good for teeth and a very tiny amount of good quality (one handful) of dry food to provide a few nutrients the raw dosent have.

    On the other days I will give them pet or chicken mince.. raw (from butcher, ensure it has minced bone as well and no additives) mixed with some phuds any cooked leftover veggies i sometimes add a bit of rice and i add 2 eggs and flax seed oil as well. You can make up one brew that will feed your dog for the entire week and alternate with chicken necks.

    Dogs will get constipated (as great as that sounds, no poops) if feed entirely on raw chicken, hence alternating with the brew. I never feed my dogs chicken wings or drumsticks as i worry about the wingtip and the bendy bone in the drumsticks, though i know some do without problems but i just prefer not to.

    Raw Meaty bones are also great.

    Hope this info helps although there are many options for you and all just as good and others here will also have some great suggestions as well.
    Its great to have another cavie owner onboard.
    Welcome,
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    Hi Cavalierqld thank you for starting this group. My little fur child Maxi is a black-n-tan cavalier nearly 10mths old and is an absolute angel boy, whom we love dearly. Thanks for the heads up about the chicken. Yesterday I checked out the Glemaray Petspa (reason the hump I referred to...) and the owners are great advocates of the raw diet and have a great selection of food for purchase at great rates, so of course I bought some meaty turkey necks, chicken frames and a few brisket bones. Today was Maxi’s first taste of the turkey neck, he loved it. I was nervous of course so as he got close to being able to fit the whole thing in his mouth I was holding on to it tightly so he could only chew around my fingers. My work colleagues’ thought it was funny but as Maxi is the office mascot and has been since he was 8weeks we all decided that he had enough turkey, though Maxi was not impressed (he only missed out on 1.5cm). I will take it slowly on the raw until his system get used to it worried about the constipation part as when well as the inhaling of bone as in the past around 16weeks he did get a little constipated after chewing on a after dinner raw rib bone he also at about 10weeks he decided sand might taste all right and it didn’t pass without a little help from the vet and parifin oil. I know he will be fine I just got to get over my nervousness. Where do you get the phuds from on the sunny-coast. I was given a high fiber vegetable paddy recipe from Glemaray owner, it reads very yummy just got to get a vitamiser machine thingy. Any other suggestions you have about raw will be much appreciated.

    Now the hump… My little man is recovering from double luxating patella surgery . Vet said it was how he was made and that I couldn’t have done anything to prevent it. It’s been two weeks since his op which he came through with flying colours, vet is very pleased with his progress. Hence I was checking Glemaray out thinking he will benefit from some hydrotherapy and they have heated pools as it’s too cold for the beach at the moment. He is on leash small walks but I worry as he likes to pull, I know he needs lead work so if you know anyone who can teach me how to walk him will gladly check them out? He has been so brave, I used to laugh when my friend says she hasn’t seen him for 10 days when she has missed visiting with him over the weekend, But now I know what it feels like as he was in hospital for three days and two nights, it did feel like 10 days or more, needless to say I don’t laugh when she says this anymore. I was lucky the vet understood my emotion and sent me a photo and gave me a phone call and didn’t make me feel bad when I rang daily to check on how Maxi was during the days. Despite this emotional and painful hump I would not give him up for the world. I just wish he didn’t have to suffer the pain of recovery, though the vet said he would have no further issues, all going well. I did let the breeder know for her future breeding purposes after his diagnosis but haven’t had any inquiry from her about his wellbeing . I am providing him a supplement of Glyde oral powder for his joints as there was signs of arthritis on his x-ray. Not even a year old and has knee reconstructions.

    Still working out how to post an image new to all this will work it out soon
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    Hello maximus, your little boy is adorable...

    We have some great behaviourists here who will have some great ideas on leash training or you can always go through the old threads which may help as well.

    It sounds like your on the right track with his raw feeding and the hydro with help.

    Sorry your little boy has had to have a surgery it must have been so stressful for you both, but great hes on the road to recovery.
    Newsfie and her adorable Newfoundland are also recovering from a similar operation so she will have some great advise also.

    I am not suprised the breeder isnt willing to enquire about maximuses well being, as in my experience of cavalier breeders, there are far to many in it for the money, rather than the well being of dogs and puppies...it truely breaks my heart...

    I know in Queensland there are none i would reccomend and what a lot of puppy buyers dont understand is that breed groups and the ANKC still are not willing to refuse to register litters unless the breeders have health checks on the parents and grandparents, and impliment a higher breeding age (currantly 12 months) for bitches and registration of those litters, which would be a great start to tackle MVD and other conditions such as your puppy has.

    So really, anyone registered or not is not under any obligation to breed healthy litters. Despite what you hear, it is very much buyer beware.

    We need more piccies.........
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