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13th April 2008, 05:02 PM
I really wanted an English Bulldog but my wife didnt like them at all! She said they were ugly and yada yda... we both agreed on a Cavaleir since my brother had one and we loved him alot... maybe one day I will get one :)

13th April 2008, 05:14 PM
We had to be very careful choosing a dog.My son was terrified of dogs and even the prospect of walking past a dog was awful for him.
We considered a boxer as a good looking boxer is a fabulous dog, we also considered a labradoodle because it's non shedding and I'm asthmatic.But all the talk of "designer" dogs put me off...
A labrador would be unsuitable due to it's size and would most likely get me in trouble with my neighbours.
We researched a small indoor type dog with friendly temperament and that a small child would find non threatening and decided on a cavalier.
The moment I saw Daisy I knew that she was "the one".

13th April 2008, 05:25 PM
I like the look of the long haired Dachshund but my vet advised me otherwise because of their back problems. Isn't she beautiful!

13th April 2008, 05:29 PM
Ours was originally a burmese mountian dog.

A bit like a v.large tri don't ya think!

13th April 2008, 05:48 PM
I have always had other people's dogs land my way so it was a long time before the opportunity came to choose a puppy by breed. I had always admired everything about the spaniel temperament after growing up with a cocker mix. I looked at the Cocker breed, but that coat is now so exaggerated I wouldn't want to live with it. I liked the Cavaliers better, but again I favor a more sparsely coated Cavalier (don't really like long coats here). The Tibetan Spaniel also sits very high on my list, almost equal to a Cavalier Spaniel. That is probably why I couldn't resist my mix when I found her. I am now sure I will always live with either one breed or the other the rest of my life. (I've been spoiled).

Arlene and her three.

Rj Mac
13th April 2008, 06:38 PM
I love 2 or 3 of the larger breeds, and when we were thinking of a 2nd dog we considered a few.......German Shepard, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bull Mastiff, and the Staffie....a breed I absolutely adore, a neighbour of ours had 2, and they were 2 of the most wonderful dogs I've ever met.....it really upsets me to see how this breed is being ruined by the wrong kinds of people having them........has anyone seen the article in this months Dogs Today about the state of the breed? It's heart breaking.

But after meeting a Cavalier in town 1 day, we both fell in love with them, and the decision was made,

And now that we have them, we'l always have a couple of Cavs running about the house:D

And as long as I'm allowed:o.......1 big doggie too :D

13th April 2008, 06:57 PM
Ours was originally a burmese mountian dog.

A bit like a v.large tri don't ya think!

Awwwww I love this breed:D

13th April 2008, 06:58 PM
We were considering 1) Papillon 2) Tibetan Spaniel 3) Cavalier. After doing loads of research, we decided on a Cavalier. And then two Cavaliers. And someday three Cavaliers! :)

13th April 2008, 06:58 PM
Our choices came down to three breeds which were Cavaliers,Beagles,and Golden retrievers.
I chose cavaliers because I feel in love with one i meet while on a shopping trip:D

Barbara Nixon
13th April 2008, 07:12 PM
No other breed was considereed when i got Monty, my first cavalier , as I wanted a smaller, calmer version of the springers I'd owned before (got the second ). I am considering a (phalene, probably ) papillon in future.

13th April 2008, 07:45 PM
I adore the Golden Retrievers but do not have the space. I would never have one "in place" of my Cavis only in addition to!:)

13th April 2008, 08:23 PM
Hmm I came into Cavaliers through my sister, the first family dog was a Cavalier who was bought for her (I was HEAVILY into horses at the time).

But I also adore Miniature Schnauzers (Too much hand stripping!) and my OH if he had his way would have a Siberian Husky any day of the week!!

13th April 2008, 08:49 PM
We have had two yellow labs, a german shepherd, and an australian shepherd mix in our marriage of 32 years. When the kids moved out, we expanded our home, remodeled the kitchen and installed lovely hardwood floors, so the thought of another very active large dog in the house was out. I looked to the smaller breeds and was oriiginally hoping for a non or low shedding dog, but all of the ones I researched seem to be snippy yappy types. :rolleyes: (I apologise to those of you who adore your toy poodles and bijan frises.) I was leaning toward the Havanese when I met my first Cavalier. This breed just melted my heart and nothing else would do. I am now happy to brush her, comb her, sweep up fur bunnies out from under the table and "sticky-roller" dog fluff off of my clothing, just to have her a part of my life.

Oh, and my sister has a lovely Australian Terrier who is extremely Cavalierish and has no idea he is a Terrier. We kept him for a week when she went out of town and he and Dottie are totally bonded. They are quite rare in the states, but I would take him on in a minute.

13th April 2008, 08:56 PM
When I was looking at changing to a smaller breed, the short list was:
West Highland Terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

I read and learned about each breed and determined that the Cavalier was the best one for my life style and my requirements in a dog. I have never regreted my choice. I still love to see pugs and westies though.

13th April 2008, 08:58 PM
I did dream og a Griffon/ Petit brabancon when we started looking,but when I actually got to meet a few I thought they were a bit too energetic for my household with three kids .
I also had a crush on miniature Schnauzer(still have) Same story; a bit too highstrung and alert.
The Cavalier came in second/third but ended upp being the perfect dog for me.(first I thought they were too cute for me,not TUFF enough ...can you believe that´?:o I´m such a nutter!)

Theese days Im dreaming of wholecoulored Charlies.....Some day maybe?:luv:

13th April 2008, 09:03 PM
I had Westies previously but never again!! So different in temparement from a Cavalier

I did consider Miniature Schnauzers - too much work on the coat, too like a hound - not terribly trainable! Also Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen - but again a hound breed.

I saw Cavaliers on Animal Country, a television program with Desmond Morris and fell in love with them - I did a lot of research and learnt they were perfect for us.

If I could live with a bigger dog, I love Newfoundlands and Flat Coated Retrievers. Smaller breeds I'm keen on are the Tibetan Spaniels - long lived, healthy but can be yappy; and Havanese - don't know so much about them though.

I like the Pyrenean Sheepdog but they are too busy for me

13th April 2008, 09:10 PM
My first love has always been the cavalier but cocker spaniels were my next love, hence Doogle. He isnt quite a pedigree as his mother was Enlgish cocker and his father was my third love the American cocker. I do like Miniature Schnauzers and shitz-suz (sp?). I dont think you can match the temprement of the cavalier.:)

13th April 2008, 09:13 PM
it's interesting most people didn't consider other toy breeds.

13th April 2008, 10:15 PM
I personally don't feel that Cavaliers should be classed as a toy breed - they would fit better into the Utility group. They are still able - and many do - a job of work, even working to the gun in some cases, but many lead active busy lives helping disabled people, others are doing agility, therapy work etc.

Others are just the most wonderful companions you could ever have the pleasure of living with :)

13th April 2008, 10:37 PM
I love all kinds of dogs but living in the city, with a small-ish yard, we had to be practical.

My Hubby said it should be a Cavalier Spaniel.

I'll never know if he thought I'd never find one in Toronto....;) or not.

Our beloved Charley was with us for over 14 yrs and we now are owned by two "girls", Mary Alice and Rosie!

I cannot imagine life without at least one Cavalier Spaniel. :luv: :lotsaluv:

Elaine 2
13th April 2008, 10:41 PM
I'd love to own another rough collie one day since my big fella Jack died, but l wouldn't be without a cavalier in my life now, I also own a shih tzu Sophie and a collie/gsd Oscar as well as Cody so you could say l love having different breeds,:)

13th April 2008, 10:59 PM
I have never considered a different small sized dog. If I was to get a medium size I would go with a springer since that's what my parents have and if I was going for larger I'd get a husky or Shepard/husky mix

14th April 2008, 08:01 AM
When we decided our next dogs should be smaller than our Boxers, which are not easy to take away on holiday due to their size, I had my heart set on a Boston Terrier. They looked a bit like a mini Boxer & also sounded like they had a very similar personality... playfull, lively, sense of humour & big dog in a little body.

Here in Oz the BT is not easily come by and I started to worry about the size of the gene pool.

The Cavalier was my husband's first choice.... pretty good choice too as it turns out. :)

14th April 2008, 08:07 AM
I wanted a lhasa apso, But got my tricolour charlie instead ( & 11 miserable years later the evil little madam is still here ,lol)

I'm glad I didnt get a lhasa as i've realised I can't stand anything with a beard & fluffy legs , too much work to keep clean

Before that I think I wanted an irish setter or border collie , but my dad said it had to be small so when my sister got her charlie puppy I got his half sister.

If I had a house of my own i'd probably have a Bullmastiff , I also have the strange urge for a terrier ( fox or border ) no idea why ,lol

14th April 2008, 12:47 PM
early 2003, 5 years ago, i was over at my moms watching tv and a show came on about Cavaliers. i had never even thought about having a dog. but i fell in love watching the show. it was like an hour long and very interesting. talked about how smart and loving they were, great with kids, etc. so once the show went off i jumped on mamas computer to see about much one would cost and was shocked! :p
so ive done alot of research the past 5 years, reading, online, etc.
And here we are 5 years later and can finally afford one. i can't hardly wait for christmas to get here so i can own my first doggie, a cavalier king charles spaniel!

14th April 2008, 02:05 PM
When Leo my Maltese x died in March I had decided I wanted either a cavalier or Japanese Chin, the chin because I once worked for a chin breeder in England & I just loved them. WHen I looked around I couldn't find any chins & the woman I worked for didn't have any pups or any due so I looked around for Cav's & found quite a few here so I made a few calls & eventually found Sparky - wouldn't be without the little fella now!

14th April 2008, 02:29 PM
From a Disney movie, I was one who always wanted a cocker spaniel but when we first got married we settled on Lab/Setter mixes. Have also owned a Lab/Golden mix and finally 5 years ago a Cocker Spaniel. My dad was dying of cancer and he knew as a child how much I wanted a cocker spaniel so he gave me my "childhood dream dog". She was a difficult dog at times and when she snapped at a neighbors dog causing the small dog a broken jaw, I was told by the vet & insurance carrier to euthanize & was fortunate a rescue was found and she now lives in a home where her "quirks" are not an issue.

I deserately needed a dog in my life and searched and searched for a perfect breed for me. I have chronic pain/illness and a dog who is gentle, requires minimal walking, likes other dogs, people, kids, etc... I knew this was really the dog I always wanted. "Lady" in Lady in the Tramp had to be a cavalier. My spouse was concerned about my mental state and loosing another dog, our last died of cancer before the cocker spaniel and when he read up on all my investigations he surprised me with Hali.

Everyday we both realize how perfect she is. We took her with us this weekend to visit our daughter in college and "she is just perfect" and for my husband to say that SHE IS PERFECT is really saying something. When I can walk her I do and if I can't my husband takes her. She is truly a gift from heaven.

14th April 2008, 03:16 PM
Other breeds I considered were Goldens, Pit Bulls (I was involved with Pit Bull rescue in Chicago and fostered a few), Bernese Mountain Dogs..BUT...I've wanted to Cavalier for at least 15 years...I'm not even sure when I first saw them, but after house-sitting for two of them when I was teaching, I KNEW that was the breed that I wanted. Unfortunately, being a teacher, I couldn't afford one :rolleyes: I was given the name of a breeder for one of the parents I had met while teaching, and put that piece of paper somewhere safe so I would never lose it. So six LONG years later I was finally in the position to afford my dream dog...and now we have TWO of them! :D I think my fiance would eventually like a bigger dog too, and he grew up with Goldens...so we'll probably have a Golden someday (in ADDITION to at least one Cavalier, of course!) too :D

Daisy's Mom
14th April 2008, 07:24 PM
Papillons and Pomeranians -- both mostly for their over-the-top cuteness. (I'm a sucker for a cute face.) Their reputation in terms of temperament put me off of them. I really only ever wanted a Cavalier, but if I couldn't get one, these were my 2 second choices.

14th April 2008, 07:40 PM
My breed choices were Flatcoated retriever, Newfoundland and Cavalier, and I still do want the first two and will eventually have one of each but I knew that at that time I would not have the space or knowledge to train either of those two so I chose a cavalier due to the size (easier to manage) and to get more experienced training before moving on to bigger breeds. Although I will probably always have at least one cavalier in the house anyway, they're just too great to not have.

15th April 2008, 12:15 AM
My other dogs are widget and grub! (get it? widgety grub!!)
they are both JR crossed with lakeland terriers - very loving good girls:

here is grub!!

and this is widget:

From day one, they have been brilliant with Loobie and would not be without her!!:o

15th April 2008, 12:35 PM
I would love a Boston Terrier,but hubbs wont let me.

15th April 2008, 02:41 PM
My heart was set on a Cavalier after seeing one on TV years ago. I did research a few other small breeds such as Pomeranians and Yorkies, but my boyfriend at the time said he wouldn't be seen walking either of those.

Rj Mac
15th April 2008, 07:06 PM
My other dogs are widget and grub! (get it? widgety grub!!)
they are both JR crossed with lakeland terriers - very loving good girls:

here is grub!!

and this is widget:

From day one, they have been brilliant with Loobie and would not be without her!!:o

They're gorgeous :D

Rj Mac
15th April 2008, 07:07 PM
Lisa has always said if we had the space, that she would love a Grate Dane, but I don't think we'l ever have a house big enough