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7th November 2007, 10:41 PM
Hello everyone. Haven't been on here in a while. In my last year of school so been a little busy.
Just have some updated pictures of Sasha.
(sorry to post pictures in here)

She is noe just over 5 month old and i was wondering, is she too small?
At the withers she is 11" and she is 15 and 1/2" round the girth. Is this the right size? (let me know if you need any other measurments)
When going on walks we have met lots of other Cavaliers (presumably fully grown) and they are more than double the size of her.

Anyway here are the pictures.



7th November 2007, 11:10 PM
Hi Becca!!

OK first and foremost this is a Toy breed! I get so annoyed when I see some of these massive Cavaliers that are around these days! Most of my girls are between 15-17lbs as adults, a couple of exceptions but on the whole mine are to the breed standard size and weight size!

Next thing, have looked closely at her front legs and she still has some "knuckle" there, this is where the shin bone meets the pastern (ankle bone?) if there is still a "knobbly" bit there that is NOT in proportion to the rest of her then she still has some growing left! Personnally I like bitches to have 1 season before being spayed as there are hormones released at this time that I feel help to "finish" a young girl off, also my own vet prefers to wait until almost a year old as the heart and lungs are better developed and better prepared to withstand a general anaesthetic.

You state her height and girth but not her weight, height to the withers is a part of the U.S standard but NOT the U.K standard, dogs, like children, develop at different rates, certain bloodlines are notoriously slow developers, Molly Coakers very famous Homerbrent dogs were/are typical of this, other lines are faster maturing, personnally I feel that Sheila Smith of the equally famous Salador Kennel's saying of "slow to come, slow to go" hits the nail on the head, I have seen many a younger dog who I thought incredible at that time, then see the same dog 12 months later to see it has gone "over the top" (I.E to look too much or to appear older than it actually is) !!

Hope this makes sense? Basically my message is that this is a toy breed with a weight range of 11-18 pounds, too many dogs are above this so be happy that your little one is within the recommended range!!

Hope this helps??

7th November 2007, 11:10 PM
Awww, she's a cutie! At five months that is about right -- she is not even her full size yet. She'll keep growing til she's about age one. The final height for a cavalier should be about 12" at the shoulder so she's pretty close to that. She will still have some weight to put on yet too but should end up between 13-18 lbs. but sometimes they're a bit smaller or larger.

8th November 2007, 12:17 AM
I don't anything about size and just wanted to say, how adorable Sasha is!:lotsaluv:

Ginger's Mom
8th November 2007, 12:38 AM
First of all, Sasha is beautiful!

I think Ginger @ 5 months about that size. Sasha has much growing up to do, so you don't need to worry about the size.

By the way I noticed that your birthday is coming up soon! I want to go ahead and congratulate you on your upcoming b-day in case I forget to drop by on the 13th!

8th November 2007, 12:39 AM
What a little doll!!!

8th November 2007, 05:15 PM
Thank you all for your comments.
I did know that Cavaliers are meant to be around 12" at the shoulder but i don't think i've seen one in my area that is the standard size!
I will try and get her weight for you.

8th November 2007, 05:18 PM
I get 10lbs for her.

8th November 2007, 05:37 PM
My pup weighs the same and about an inch shorter than Sasha, but he does have a wide girth though.

8th November 2007, 08:55 PM
I get 10lbs for her.

Oh she's doing just fine!! That's a nice weight indeed, she'll most likely be a nice 16-18lb adult I reckon!! :thmbsup:

8th November 2007, 08:57 PM
My pup weighs the same and about an inch shorter than Sasha, but he does have a wide girth though.

Males are generally heavier and stockier than females so he sounds fine too, I like to see a well sprung ribcage on a dog, very correct, we are getting many "slabsided" dogs these days, so sad........:(

8th November 2007, 09:05 PM
What a cutie pie. In my limited experience with Cavaliers, there seems to be a wide variety of sizes that seem to fall well outside of the standard. My guys are on the largish side, though they are both quite lean. They each weigh almost 9 kilograms. They are also both considerably longer in the body that the standard. There are a number of Cavaliers in our local dog club and some of them look tiny, but because their weight is correct for their size, they are healthy happy little things. I think that if you are not showing or breeding, correct weight for size is more important than actual size.

8th November 2007, 10:23 PM
She is very beautiful, I LOVE her freckles... she looks to be a good size to me...