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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  1. HOW DO I CONTACT VINTAGE CAVALIERS?
  2. HOW MANY LITTERS DO YOU HAVE PER YEAR?
  3. HOW MUCH DOES A VINTAGE CAVALIER PUPPY COST?
  4. ARE YOUR CAVALIERS AKC REGISTERED?
  5. WHAT PAPERS WILL I RECEIVE IF I ADOPT A VINTAGE CAVALIER?
  6. WHEN CAN I BRING MY CAVALIER PUPPY HOME?
  7. CAN I ADOPT A VINTAGE CAVALIER AND HAVE BREEDING PRIVILEGES?
  8. WHAT HEALTH CHECKS ARE PERFORMED ON VINTAGE CAVALIERS?
  9. IS A CAVALIER THE RIGHT DOG FOR ME?
  10. WILL A CAVALIER GET ALONG WITH CHILDREN?
  11. ARE CAVALIERS A GOOD CHOICE FOR SENIORS?
  12. DO CAVALIERS HAVE ANY SPECIAL GROOMING REQUIREMENTS?
  13. DO CAVALIERS SHED?
  14. ARE CAVALIERS EASY TO TRAIN?
  15. HOW LONG DO CAVALIERS LIVE?
  16. WHAT FOOD DO YOU FEED YOUR CAVALIERS?
  17. HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS BREED?
     


HOW DO I CONTACT VINTAGE CAVALIERS?

    You can contact Vintage Cavaliers through our contact form.  We will e-mail or call you as soon as possible.  Generally inquiries are answered within 24 hours.  If you are inquiring about adopting a puppy, please fill out our puppy application, and send it as an attachment through the contact form.  If you are leaving a telephone number, let us know when is a good time to reach you.

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HOW MANY LITTERS DO YOU HAVE PER YEAR?

    There are no set numbers of litters available each year.  Vintage Cavaliers’ goal is to have at least one  litter per year, through our selective breeding program.   We are ethical breeders, and do not “mass breed” our girls.  Our emphasis is on producing healthy Cavaliers, with good temperament, that reflect and conform to the breed standard.  Our goal is to produce a show quality puppy that we can keep and work toward a championship.

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HOW MUCH DOES A VINTAGE CAVALIER PUPPY COST?

    Puppies from Vintage Cavaliers and most reputable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeders will cost between $2,000.00 - $3,000.00.  Prices for our puppies take into consideration all expenses incurred in bringing our lovely puppies into this world.  These expenses include:

    • stud fees paid to the Sire’s owner
    • medical tests performed on the Bitch preconception
    • medical expenses associated with the conception and delivery
    • medical, vaccination and incidental expenses associated
      with the litter

    You can purchase puppies for much less from unethical breeders and puppy mills, but there is a much greater risk of those puppies having serious health problems.  What may sound like a “bargain” at first can turn into a heartbreaking and costly experience when you purchase a puppy from an unethical breeder or a puppy mill.  Any savings gained by purchasing a puppy from such unscrupulous sources will soon evaporate after a few visits to the veterinarian to treat the puppy’s health problems.  For more information on puppy mills, and to learn the damaging effects that they have on puppies, visit ASPCA.

    At Vintage Cavaliers, we take great pride in our limited and very selective breeding program.  We do everything possible to produce healthy puppies that meet the breed standard in type, structure and temperament.  If you have additional questions about the cost of our puppies, contact us.        SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.

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ARE YOUR CAVALIERS AKC REGISTERED?

    Yes, all of our Cavaliers are registered with the American Kennel Club, under our registered kennel name, “Mishka.”

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WHAT PAPERS WILL I RECEIVE IF I ADOPT A VINTAGE CAVALIER?

    All Vintage Cavalier puppies will be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).  When someone adopts a Vintage Cavalier puppy, they will be provided with the puppy’s AKC registration papers to sign, health records, and the pedigree of the sire and dam.  Vintage Cavaliers covers the costs of registering puppy in owner’s name (a single owner only), and will forward the registration papers to AKC.  If the buyer(s) wishes to have two persons listed as owner, the buyer(s) will be responsible for the additional owner fee charged by AKC.

    As described below, Vintage Cavalier puppies are sold as companion pets.  These puppies will be registered with limited AKC registration.  Limited AKC registration means that these puppies cannot be bred, and cannot participate in AKC conformation events.   However, a puppy with limited AKC registration is eligible to enter and participate in AKC obedience, rally and agility events.

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WHEN CAN I BRING MY CAVALIER PUPPY HOME?

    Our puppies remain in our home for at least 10 weeks.  While some breeders release their puppies earlier, we find that Cavalier puppies need more time with their mother and litter mates prior to moving to a new environment.  At 10 weeks of age the Cavalier puppy will be sufficiently mature to more easily transition to a new home.

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CAN I ADOPT A VINTAGE CAVALIER AND HAVE BREEDING PRIVILEGES

    No.  Unless rare circumstances exist and warrant otherwise, all of our puppies are sold as “companion pets.”  This means that Vintage Cavalier puppies are sold with a written spay/neuter agreement, and may not be bred.

    The reason for selling our puppies with a spay/neuter agreement is to protect our puppies from getting into the hands of puppy mills.  Our puppies are raised in our home, and become part of our family.  The health and well-being of our Cavaliers are very important to us.  All Vintage Cavaliers are treated with loving care, provided excellent veterinary care, and are given much attention.  We do our best to protect this breed and our individual puppies from getting into the hands of unscrupulous individuals and puppy mills.  For more information on puppy mills, and to learn the damaging effects that they have on  puppies, visit stop puppy mills.

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WHAT HEALTH CHECKS ARE PERFORMED ON VINTAGE CAVALIERS?

    All Vintage Cavaliers receive annual wellness exams and vaccinations.  Cavaliers used in our selective breeding program receive additional testing from veterinary cardiologists and ophthalmologists.  Starting from two years of age, Vintage Cavaliers may also have patellas and hip exams and certification.

    Vintage puppies receive regular veterinary exams, beginning at eight weeks of age.  When a Vintage puppy leaves for his new home, he will be current on all vaccinations and worming.  All vaccinations are provided by a licensed veterinarian.  The new owner will be provided with a health booklet which details the puppy’s veterinary treatment, including vaccinations received, and the name of the veterinarian who treated the puppy. 

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IS A CAVALIER THE RIGHT DOG FOR ME?

    Possibly.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are sweet natured, cheerful, and highly affectionate dogs.  Cavaliers are very playful, and extremely patient and eager to please.  They greet everyone with tons of kisses and wagging tails.  Cavaliers are very adaptive to their environment, and get along well with other dogs, children and the elderly. 

    Cavaliers are companion dogs and love being with their owner.  They are best suited for a pampered indoor life, and are happy just sitting on their owner’s lap.  These little dogs have a habit of following you around the house, and demand to be included in all family activities.  Cavaliers love attention and praise, and show their appreciation with abundant kisses.

    Cavaliers are fearless, and think that everyone and every dog are their friends.  Cavaliers have no natural instinct for self protection.  They will eagerly approach and greet even the most aggressive dogs without a second thought.  Because Cavaliers have no instinct for fear or danger, their owners must protect them from unwittingly getting into a dangerous situation.  This can easily be accomplished by always keeping your Cavalier in a fenced, safe area, or on a leash.  Never let your Cavalier loose to roam the neighborhood.  This could have a disastrous consequence.

    All dogs need exercise, and Cavaliers have a sporting side that loves to run and play in the yard.   Cavaliers also enjoy going on short walks.  While Cavaliers love to run and play, these are not the dogs to accompany you while training for a marathon.  Nor are Cavaliers a suitable breed to run beside your bike on biking trips, or go with you on hiking adventures, or any other extreme activity.    

    Cavaliers are not dogs that “live outside.”  This breed is not suitable for families that are at work all day and want a dog that can be kept in the backyard until they return home.

    So, to answer the original question, whether a cavalier is the right dog  for you, depends on your lifestyle, and your understanding of the characteristics of this breed. We have provided a great deal of information about Cavaliers on our website, so that you can better  assess whether a Cavalier will be a good fit for your household.

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WILL A CAVALIER GET ALONG WITH CHILDREN?

    Yes. Cavaliers are friendly gentle sport spaniels that get along well with everyone, including children, although they must be treated gently.  Children must be supervised when around a Cavalier, to insure that they not to frighten or harm the puppy.  Cavaliers are not suitable for homes with unruly children, or children who might pull hair or otherwise roughly handle the puppy.

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ARE CAVALIERS A GOOD CHOICE FOR SENIORS?

    Yes.  Cavaliers get along well with anyone, including seniors.  Cavaliers have such a sweet loving nature that they are the perfect choice for a senior.  Cavaliers are very adaptive to a senior’s lifestyle, as they do not need a great deal of exercise, and are happy whether living in a house or an apartment.  Many seniors prefer to adopt Cavaliers that are 3 - 5 years old instead of a puppy.  This is well beyond the “puppy housebreaking and mischief stage,” yet young enough to fully integrate into a new household. 

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DO CAVALIERS HAVE ANY SPECIAL GROOMING REQUIREMENTS?

    No.  Cavaliers do not have any special clipping or trimming requirements.  They are a “wash and wear” breed.  I brush and comb my Cavaliers twice per week to prevent mats and tangles from forming.  I pay special attention to behind their ears, which is a spot prone to knots if not regularly brushed.

    I bathe my cavaliers at least twice per month.  I recommend Mink Sheen Pet Shampoo for general bathing.  This is a gentle shampoo that leaves my Cavaliers’ coats soft, shiny, and smelling wonderful.  Mink Sheen has Vitamin E to help prevent “hot spots,” and cedar and citronella oils to help repel fleas and ticks.

    I also check my Cavaliers’ feet at least twice per month.  Their nails need regular trimming, and the hair on the bottom of their feet may need trimming to prevent mats.

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DO CAVALIERS SHED?

    Yes.  But, by regularly brushing my Cavaliers, shedding is kept to a minimum.  However, you will still notice dog hair around the house, and a good vacuum cleaner is a necessity.  If you have any allergies to dog hair, a Cavalier is not the breed for you.

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ARE CAVALIERS EASY TO TRAIN?

    That depends on the owner.  Cavaliers by their nature, want to please their owners, and do respond well to their owners’ gentle training and directives.  But, each owner must make a concentrated effort to learn how to train their dogs, and must be consistent in their training routine.  If an owner is not consistent in their training routine, the Cavalier will become confused, and may not respond well. 

    I recommend that Cavalier owners, who are also first time dog owners, purchase at least one book on training and housebreaking a dog.  It is also advisable to enroll in a puppy kindergarten class.  These classes are fun for both the dog and the owner, and will greatly assist you in training your Cavalier.   

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HOW LONG DO CAVALIERS LIVE?

    The average lifespan for our Cavaliers is 12 – 14 years.

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WHAT FOOD DO YOU FEED YOUR CAVALIERS?

    Our Cavaliers are currently eating Orijen Dog Food (either the adult or puppy formula).  This is a high-protein, low carbohydrate, and grain free dog food.  Orijen is produced in Canada by a family owned company. The ingredients in Orijen come from Canadian local sources.  The chicken and fresh whole eggs are produced on local prairie farms.  The lake whitefish is freshly caught from northern Canadian lakes. 

    The Orijen Adult consists of:
    80% meat, 20% fruit and vegetables and 0% grain (80/20/0).

    The Orijen Puppy consists of:
    80% meat, 20% fruit and vegetables and 0% grain (80/20/0).

    Click the link below to find out more about Orijen dog food.

    Orijen Dog Food

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HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS BREED?