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Kelly
19th April 2007, 05:43 PM
I am just curious as to what your opinions would be on getting a different breed of dog as a friend for our boy Chester.

Me & my husband have been talking about getting another dog but after all the worries we have had with Chester (long story but down the SM route), he isnt keen to get another Cavalier. Although I would love one, I understand why he isnt so keen as I was very upset when we thought Chester was poorly.

I know Cavaliers love their own kind but just wondered if there were any other breeds that they are known to get on particularly well with.

WoodHaven
19th April 2007, 05:52 PM
I am just curious as to what your opinions would be on getting a different breed of dog as a friend for our boy Chester.

Me & my husband have been talking about getting another dog but after all the worries we have had with Chester (long story but down the SM route), he isnt keen to get another Cavalier. Although I would love one, I understand why he isnt so keen as I was very upset when we thought Chester was poorly.

I know Cavaliers love their own kind but just wondered if there were any other breeds that they are known to get on particularly well with.

My daughter has a lab and cavalier. A friend has a pyr and many cavaliers. Yes, cavaliers can get along well with other breeds (cats, kids, elderly etc...).

Ironically I've had many breeds of dogs-- I had a brittney that had an autoimmune disease (pts age 3), rescue cocker with juvenile cataract, rescue cocker with epilepsy (pts age 2.5), rescue collie with chronic ear infections, parents had shih tzu cancer. My cavaliers have been healthy (knock wood).

Sandy

*Pauline*
19th April 2007, 06:08 PM
I've heard a Pug has a similar personality to a Cavalier. I'm not happy about the squashed nose though. I also like the Boston terrier. Here's what a site said regarding temperament.

Temperament
The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier an incomparable companion.

Lynn
19th April 2007, 06:23 PM
I am sure that a cav will make friends with other breeds...but at puppy class, my two cavs gravitate to the other cav in the group. It's a small group, but you can most certainly see they feel some sort of 'brother/sisterhood' with the other cav. It was so obvious we even discussed it in class.

*Pauline*
19th April 2007, 06:38 PM
The only dog who doesn't like Dylan in our puppy class is another Cavalier. Dylan always gets big kisses from the big strong Staff (kept on his lead thank goodness!) and the 2 Border Collie sisters, Sugar and Spice, Love him too. Sugar doesn't like other dogs much but when Dylan comes near her she closes her eyes as he snuggles her. She goes all soppy.

We now have a tiny new blen puppy called Toby in the class. :D

Anyway, back to the subject, the Kennel Club web site has a great section for breeds with details of their temperaments and health problems.

Start from this page:

http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/435

Barbara Nixon
19th April 2007, 07:07 PM
I quite fancy a Japanese Chin, but they are generally very expensive.

Jen
19th April 2007, 07:39 PM
We went down this road a year ago. We researched different breeds as our Abbey has COSM, and weren't ready for another Cavalier at that point. Our friends have a Miniature Schnauzer and she is so loving, playful, etc. and Abbey adores her. So, we ended up with Gus, but we didn't crop his ears and we leave him in a shaggy Terrier cut as it's much more his personality than how severe the Schnauzer cut looks. He's a goof, a wild man, and a snuggler all at the same time. It's a good mix with a Cavalier, he gets her going and has brought out a side to her we hadn't seen. They're very smart, shed very, very minimally and are very humerous little dogs.

Once we are ready for another Cavalier, it will be from a breeder who has MRI'd the parents, COSM/SM is just to heartbreaking to deal with again.

*Pauline*
19th April 2007, 07:42 PM
Jen, Gus looks lovely. I like his hair cut too, he looks very cuddly. :luv:

Scouty girl
19th April 2007, 07:52 PM
The breed of dog depends on what size friend you want for Chester. My other dog is a Newfoundland, she weighs 140 lbs and she get along great with Scout.

Jen
19th April 2007, 08:19 PM
Jen, Gus looks lovely. I like his hair cut too, he looks very cuddly. :luv:

Thanks. He's very soft, he feels a lot like Abbey, although his coat is curly and wavy the longer it gets.

Karen S.
19th April 2007, 09:03 PM
Along with our Cavaliers we have a Belgian Tervuren. They get along fine with each other. They grew up together from puppies. The Cavaliers learned
to move out of the way when he's in a hurry. Jack thinks it fun to jump over them if they are in his path. They think he's a big pain but I have seen him try to protect them from a stray dog in our yard.
Proper socialization is the key and establishing ground rules from the first is a must.
As a general rule I have found Cavaliers to simply love everyone (human or dog) they come in contact with.

Rj Mac
19th April 2007, 09:07 PM
We have Lucy our 1 year old Blen, and her partner in crime....lol, is Jake our Black Lab, granted we had Jake 1st, he'l be 7 on his next birthday, but the point im making is that they are best buddies even with the size difference, one of their pals we meet regularly on our walks is Lance and he is a HUGE Rhodesian Ridgeback, and again they get on brilliantly,
I think with their natures Cavaliers will get on with just about anyone, maybe the only thing to watch.....depending on the breed you choose, will be if your new pup is too big and bouncy?

moniechris
19th April 2007, 09:11 PM
I understand how you feel about the health issues of cavaliers, but each breed has their own set of issues; some more severe than others. Just make sure that you really research whatever breed you choose and their problems as it can be just as difficult to find a good quality, responsible breeder for a shih tzu as it is a cavalier. (I DO NOT recomend getting a shih tzu BTW....will never go that route again!!:rolleyes: )

I personally ADORE papillions. I was going to get one until Wesley fell into my lap. I was hooked from then on!:lotsaluv:

tsorningold
19th April 2007, 09:17 PM
One of the clients we see has a goldendoodle and a cavalier and they adore each other. Her doodle is from the breeder I have mentioned before, who also breeds assistant therapy dogs.
I can't help it, they are so cute!

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n146/tsorningold/Pickett_Cathy.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n146/tsorningold/Kriston_GINGER006.jpg

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n146/tsorningold/Wiesinger_RedPuppy3.jpg

Rj Mac
19th April 2007, 09:43 PM
Fantastic pics.....love the Goldendoodle:jump:

brid kenny
19th April 2007, 09:50 PM
Yes he is gorgeous alright!!

"The Girls" Mommy
19th April 2007, 11:38 PM
My son has a miniature dachshund. They visit very often and his little dachshund and my girls love each other. If I get something else it probably will be a dachshund.

Karlin
19th April 2007, 11:43 PM
Cavaliers do get along very well with any breed or mix, I think. I considered several other breeds and pound dogs when I had Jaspar and was considering a second dog. I was ready to take a little brown short-legged jack russell named Hugo from the pound -- I'd sorted out the rescue for him etc, then he got very ill, pulled thru, and I was ready to take him but he was fostered to a person who also rescues cats and he wanted to get at the cats! That meant I couldn't manage him here with my four indoor cats. Another two months or so and I had Leo instead.

I'd love to once again have a pyrenees some day as that is the breed I grew up with but I sure don;t have room where I live now! :lol:

enchantingdragon
20th April 2007, 12:03 AM
I love Westies and plan on getting one one day (preferably when we have a yard so he can run and dig like terriers do) Im also interested in owning a Bedlington Terrier one day too. I love lots of breeds but I think Cavaliers will get along with most breeds.What breeds have you considered?

Caraline
20th April 2007, 02:18 AM
We have Cavaliers & Boxers and they get along just fine. The Cavaliers know to get out of the way if the Boxers are rushing off to defend the territory. When we are not at home, we do put the Cavaliers into a different part to the Boxers so that if something startled the Boxers they wouldn't trample a sleeping Cavalier.

When the Boxers have gone to the RB (they are the oldies) and if I was tempted to get more dogs & not Cavaliers I'd probably go with a breed that has a similar size & weight. You then don't have to worry about injuries occurring due to size discrepancies.

http://users.bigpond.net.au/fiorfein/photography/ScarlettBeau_070224001.jpg

Lynn
20th April 2007, 03:03 AM
Ok, don't tell Molly or Maxwell....but that golden doodle just might be the cutest dog I've ever seen!!!! He / she looks like a living teddy bear!!!!!!! :w*w:

Kelly
20th April 2007, 10:55 AM
Thanks for all your comments.

I must admit to having a soft spot for golden retreivers. Chester does seem more drawn to larger calmer dogs at the moment. There is a WestieX in our puppy class and she is a little manic & Chester cant get away from her quick enough.

Talking of puppy class, last night there was the cutest furball there. It was a Cavapoo (Cavalier X Miniature Poodle). She was absolutely gorgeous, her hair was long like a Cav but curly like a poodle. I did try to sneak her in my bag but her Mummy wasnt having any of it! ;o)

cavlover
20th April 2007, 01:56 PM
We have a cockapoo and cavalier both are about the same size and they are constant companions I think cav's are so social they will get along with :dogwlk: all breeds that are social.
judy

laram
20th April 2007, 02:46 PM
I would recommend Sammy's two best friends:

1) a female Finnish Lapphund :) I'm bias (living in Finland), but they are looovely dogs with a gentle, playful and obedient temperament. Very affectionate. Sammy and Pusu (his friend) LOVE each other and play for hours at a time. Male Lapphunds are striking too, but bigger and more independent.

Finnish Lapphund Club of Great Britain:
http://www.finnishlapphund-club.co.uk/start.htm

2) A Sheltie. Sammy's Sheltie friend is a very nice size for him to play with and is also quite gentle like Sam. Some Shelties can be shy, but they aren't aggressive like some other small dogs can be. I have met one who barks a lot though ;), though Sammy's friend doesn't.

Lani
20th April 2007, 03:35 PM
Having become a regular viewer of "Breed all About" it on Animal planet, my top 2 non-cavalier picks, if I were going to get a non-cavalier friend for Lucky would be:

1) Pappillon
2) Sheltie

They both seem to have a lot of the qualities of Cavaliers that I love so much. I'd research health issues too of course, but I don't recall any big red flags raised on the show when describing these breeds (they did raise big concerns about the health issue on the Cavalier show).

AT
20th April 2007, 03:57 PM
i have a papillon , she's a little angel. but very bossy & plays rough so perhaps not suitable for dogs that are too timid

Denise G.
20th April 2007, 04:13 PM
OMG-That Goldendoodle is PRECIOUS!! I naturally have a soft spot for Goldens and Wrigley and Mia get along great. Wrigley won't act like he LOVES her, but he looks for her if she's not in sight and they end up curling up together in the evenings. Goldens are pretty happy and bouncy, but Mia is an expert at jumping out of the way and she keeps up with him pace for pace. If you look into getting a golden, as always, be sure you go to a really good breeder and if you could see the parents that's a plus, too. I didn't know any better when I got Wrigley. Both parents were on site and it was their first litter together, but it was basically a backyard breeder situation. Wrigley has allergy issues which is pretty common for goldens...but I think you could avoid it somewhat with a good breeding situation. Can't say enough good things about goldens--they're happy, loving (especially the boys), clownish and VERY smart.

I got Mia because I wanted a "golden" personality/temperament in a smaller package--and she's exceeded my hopes. Love my little Mia girl! :luv:

Good luck! :)

rjchurchard
20th April 2007, 05:21 PM
Hi,

I have a Labrador and a Cavalier and they get on great together, they hate being apart. Hope this helps.