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24th March 2012, 11:18 PM
Hello all,

I'm about to buy a Cavalier puppy in a couple of weeks. I live in Dublin, Ireland. I would be grateful for any advice you may have. As a child I had a couple of dogs, however it has been many, many years since my last dog. I began to research suitable breeds and I totally fell in love with the Cavalier. I'm a complete and utter novice and I would greatly appreciate advice from you, the experts, on what supplies I need to buy and what basic equipment. Any information on choosing Vets, pet Insurance... and anything else you think would be useful.

Thanks for your time.
Kind regards

25th March 2012, 07:52 PM
Hello and welcome! I'll give you the most important piece of advice straightaway: there is only one breeder that I know of in Ireland that I could recommend for puppies, as I only know of one breeder who properly health tests her dogs. If you buy from a breeder who does not MRI and does not use a cardiologist to heart test her dogs, and who does not follow the health breeding protocols, then you are at quite a high risk of having earlier onset, serious health problems (and there are two very serious, costly and common health issues, MVD and syyringomyelia. MOST cavaliers will get both eventually. Many will not have serious problems with one, some won't have with either, but the chances are increased hugely if you select a good health testing breeder). If you would like to send me a private message (PM) I will give you a suggestion about who to talk to. I would not go near the majority of breeders in Ireland– most take little more effort than the average puppy farmer does in breeding and it is really important to get a good start to have the best chance of avoiding costly health conditions and heartache later on :thmbsup:

There is a post in the Cavalier Library section that gives a list of suggested items to get if you are preparing to get a cavalier puppy. :) Also, if you go to the training section, at the top I have pinned a list of training sites, and almost every one of those has very extensive information on puppies and the kind of equipment you will need. You will definitely need a good quality crate, ideally, a puppy pen, a collar, puppy harness, and lead, food dishes (and cat food dishes are more than large enough for 95% of Cavaliers for food! Although you will need a larger dish for fresh water). You will need a soft washable crate pad or old towel for the crate, and probably, a dog basket and some toys. I am sure others will offer suggestions as well. I'd recommend Dog Training Ireland for puppy socialisation classes and really fun training classes for all the family :). If you are on the south side of the city I can give you an alternative recommendation, but I would avoid a lot of the trainers around and I would in particular, completely avoid the training classes out at the IKC.

And I would definitely, immediately download both of these free books: Before You Get Your Puppy and After You Get Your Puppy. These 2 will give you tons of invaluable advice, answer all the questions that come up with puppies, will provide an endless source of instant guidance, and will steer you away from the harsh training methods that are so risky and cruel–yet sadly, commonly supported by some of the better-known TV dog trainers. You can download them both, free, here"


But again, the most important thing is, as in every other aspect of life, but especially when you are going to spend so many years loving a brand new little life in your family, taking time to get things right at the very beginning is the best start to a happy future with your new dog. In the case of dogs, a good beginning is going to come with a health testing, health focused breeder, who will be there to provide advice for the life of your dog. :) We have several guides to finding a good breeder in the righthand column of the homepage :D ).

25th March 2012, 11:02 PM
Hello all,

I'm about to buy a Cavalier puppy in a couple of weeks. I live in Dublin, Ireland. Any information on choosing Vets, pet Insurance... and anything else you think would be useful.


Hello and welcome to the world of cavaliers:)
As the owner of two sick cavaliers, I would re-iterate what Karlin has said, and strongly recommend you contact her to get breeder details. Both of my cavaliers are living a life of frequent vet visits and medication. Unfortunatly I didn't do what you are doing - asking questions and doing the research, so I didn't know what I know now when I got them. Trapper, aged 8, has serious heart problems, and most likely won't make it to age 9, Bosco has severe syringomelia, and was showing signs well before his 2nd birthday.
With cavaliers your run the risk of them having serious health problems, but you can really reduce that risk if you buy from a breeder that health tests (and shows you the certs) both parents for MVD and SM.

Best of luck, and I hope you get a healthy puppy soon.

26th March 2012, 12:10 AM
Hi I'm like you hoping to own a cavalier puppy one day. But please please check out what karlin and others have to say about breeders and health. I had no idea what I was getting into when I too fell in love with cavaliers over the internet. They sound perfect sweet cute and they are all that however you just stepped into a world you don't even know- there have been people downright fighting over these very health issues for years now. Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels are somewhat of a doomed breed at this point unless we stop it. We can do that by educating buyers, most breeders can't breed if they don't sell their puppies and if we ONLY deal with breeders who are using protocols we can basically put the ones who don't out of business. Yes its a big job but do your part by purchasing from a good breeder who breeds using protocols. If Karlin knows of a breeder in Ireland the easiest thing to do is whatever the distance just use that breeder. If not please take the time to research a good one. I know a few people on this forum will help you (thur private message) go over what a breeders tells you. Just check with them first.

Sorry if I sound unfriendly I mean to help you and the breed as a whole. I'm just a little nutty:thmbsup: