View Full Version : fifth cavalier in two months...

15th April 2005, 04:21 PM
Got a call today from one of the rescue groups I work with; a family was at the pound, about to surrender a young tri (14 months), which gives him only 24 hours to get a home before death. And the male is entire meaning he'd be a popular choice for backyard breeders or puppy farmers... icon_yikes

Thankfully Marie took him before he even got surrendered as she was there collecting a bunch of other dogs; he's going to be boarded with the woman who home-boards my two when I'm away and she will be perfect for him, to give him a loving quiet environment. She even has another cavalier there right now! 8) She gives a rescue rate, which is great. I would have had him here at least overnight but have to be out this evening and didn't think that would be pleasant for him. Though better than a steel cage at the pound.

Think I have a home sorted for him too, via another rescue friend. After he gets neutered.

Now there's another down in the country; might be a cavalier mix; the pic is too blurry. Listed for free in a small ads paper as a 'good watchdog' free to good home!! icon_yikes So I want to get him out of there, check him out, get him safe and rehomed.

Anyway that's all from Irish cavalier rescue! If I can get some piccies, will add them in.

18th April 2005, 01:07 AM
This boy was homed to a good homechecked home *in a day* icon_thumbsup . I never even got to see anything except a picturephone image of him. :lol:

The had ANOTHER come in -- a blenheim, 22 months old -- was just sorting a K999 (emergency transport) from Cork up to me when the owners sent an email to say she was rehomed.

:| Which I hope is good, as you never know where they have gone and I'm always a bit worried when they are unneutered, in case they go to a backyard breeder or puppy farm.

18th April 2005, 12:56 PM
Gosh there seem to be a large amount of young Cavaliers going through rescue then?

Is this "Normal" for Ireland?

The breed rescues in the UK don't seem to have so many young dogs - have known of people waiting several years for a young Cavalier.

Hope these will be happy in loving new forever homes.

18th April 2005, 03:24 PM
No it's very abnormal. Two of these are young; all the rest have been older dogs (soom seniors). Very rare for cavaliers to end up in the pound full stop.

18th April 2005, 03:32 PM

It amazes me how many more Cavs I see in shelters and rescue on petfinder.com than when I first started looking for a cav 6 years ago! There were NONE six years ago, even 3 or 4 years ago! And now they're all over.. Very sad. :(

18th April 2005, 03:35 PM
On the other hand, it is a testimony to the personality of these dogs that even in the UK and Ireland where they are so popular that they rank higher than golden retrievers in popularity (number 6 in the UK I think) -- and are not expensive dogs at all, same cost as any other purebred dog -- they are rarely in shelters, pounds or rescues. They are the easiest dogs for us to find fosters for and to rehome.

18th April 2005, 03:37 PM
Why are they cheaper there?

18th April 2005, 07:31 PM
Why are they cheaper there?

That is the question of the century ;)

18th April 2005, 07:55 PM
Maybe Ireland is cheaper?

Cavalier puppies in Scotland are not so cheap - I've heard of pups at around £1,000!! {1,904.23 US dollars}

I think in England they are between £350 to £600. {666 to 1,142 dollars}

I guess it comes down to supply and demand, there are few litters in Scotland. :(

18th April 2005, 09:12 PM
They are around €450-650 from a good breeder here. Of course BYB and brokers charge around €400-450 too, as many if not most buyers won't know the difference.

21st April 2005, 11:26 PM
The cost discussion cycles through a couple of the email lists pretty regularly. Generally the people in the UK and me are on one side, and then mostly the US breeders/a few pet owners are on the other, saying they hate this particular discussion etc etc.

I've heard allthe arguments from US breeders, and still, like most of the UK breeders/pet owners, I do not really understand why they charge so much for puppies. I've heard the small litters, the cost of stud fees, the costs of health certs, the testing, the vet care. Yet vet care is generally cheaper in the US than the UK/Ireland, the litters are the same size, the stud fees around the same according to UK breeders, the testing the same. There's a UK breeder who runs one of the lists who notes that she breeds malinois, one of the rarest dog breeds in the UK and US where there are also small litters. She noted some were complaining on a malinois list why malinois puppies in the US were so expensive at $650!! She thought that was pretty funny -- expensive is relative depending on where you are and what breed you are talking about.

I do know far fewer UK/Irish breeders test than in the US. On the other hand many have long-lived healthy lines and once you research and know that, having certificates did not seem to make that much difference.

Overall (and I am totally generalising here of course) I think it is that cavaliers have been given a kind of image in the US that they don't have here at all -- of being costly dogs for the wealthy. NO ONE views them that way here -- they are as commonly seen as labradors and GSDs; I see far more cavaliers than cockers for example. There are seven in my close neighbourhood that I see regularly on walks, and I live in a working class area of Dublin, not a posh suburb. They are often the dog of choice for little old ladies... :lol: But they are far rarer in the US. So market demand and their cachet makes it possible to charge $2,500 for a pet quality puppy that over here would cost €450 ($600). Be aware that when brokers charge €1800 for Irish puppy mill dogs over the internet, you are paying all that money for a puppy that the broker paid about €50-200 for. All the rest is pure profit.

Oevrall I think it is far better to deal with a reputable breeder in the area that you live. Reseraching good breeders from abroad is difficult, and once you add on all the transport costs the prices begin to level out, plus with a good breeder from your own country, you have them as a resource as your puppy grows.

All that said, I could not have afforded a cavalier if I lived in the US, I don't think; much less two. icon_nwunsure It's an awful lot of money to pay up front for a puppy and that would have been hard to manage; I'd have likely gone for a rescue mixed breed smallie. :) Though now I think I will always have at least two cavaliers!!

Edited to add: Don't get me wrong, I do think that ideally testing should be done. But when it is not done widely, you use other approaches. And I think now I'd be more concerned about SM, which you can't test for, than MVD anyway.

Cathy T
21st April 2005, 11:58 PM
[quote="karlin"]Overall (and I am totally generalising here of course) I think it is that cavaliers have been given a kind of image in the US that they don't have here at all -- of being costly dogs for the wealthy. NO ONE views them that way here -- they are as commonly seen as labradors and GSDs; I see far more cavaliers than cockers for example. /quote]

I'm with you on this Karlin! I think so much of it has to do with supply and demand. I was willing to pay up to $2000 for a dog and I ended up paying $1500. If people will pay, sellers will charge it. Why not? That's is the law of supply and demand after all. Honestly, the cost of testing is cannot possibly justify the cost of the dog.

The price of gas here in CA is expected to reach $3.00/gallon by the middle of summer. You think people won't pay for it anymore?!!

22nd April 2005, 01:12 AM
Interestingly I've seen several US pet owners *defend* the prices on the basis that 'not everyone can afford a Lexus even if we'd all like one' -- that sort of thing, which does point towards the cavalier as luxury item argument. Which to anyone on this side of the pond is funny to begin with, because a cavalier (as much as it would believe it deserves to be seen as one 8) ) is NOT seen as a Lexus among dogs! :lol: :lol: No more so than, say, a shih tzu.

I've also seen the argument that if you can't afford one then how will you manage the vet costs. Etc.

But both those arguments are off the subject of why the costs are so high.

I just think it is plain old market economics.

22nd April 2005, 04:02 AM
Cathy said:

If people will pay, sellers will charge it. Why not? That's is the law of supply and demand after all. Honestly, the cost of testing is cannot possibly justify the cost of the dog.

I completely agree with Cathy and Karlin. There is no reason for the ridiculous prices other than people willing to pay the price. Other breeds have the same costs and tests that are/are not done, and they don't come close to what is charged for a Cav here. I have never heard a valid reason as to why this is. Two of mine are rescues and the other two came from a breeder that doesn't charge as much for her puppies. There are no fancy papers or champions on their pedigree, but what do I care. I have no idea where one of my rescues came from. Lilly, my newest, has a fancy pedigree and she is no prettier, smarter etc. than the others.


23rd April 2005, 10:58 AM
It is hard, I agree that it is very much a case of "if people will pay that much, breeders will go on charging high prices".

I can't see how they justify it either. I know that in Scotland it is just purely due to the lack of puppies avaialable - some people are "cashing in".

Over here, a few are now being MRI'd for the malformation which can cause Syringomyelia, but there are clinics now which only charge £200 for that procedure. However, even if the dog does not have the malformation, they could still be a carrier. Until there is a gene test available {which sadly may not ever even happen, it's very difficult} there is little we can do in the way of testing.

I only know of one breeder in the UK who routinely hip scores - it's not seen as a big problem in the breed, and I guess probably causes less problems than many other health conditions, due to the small size.

9th August 2005, 02:25 PM
it is VERY rare to find a cav puppy/ adult dog in any pound because people pay a lot for them and probably wouldn't pay unless they were gonna keep them.

But on the other hand they may have been bought just for BYB and if they "serve their purpose" they would be dumped or surrendered :cry:

9th August 2005, 02:46 PM
Unfortunately there's evidence too that the wrong people may be getting them out of the pounds. For that reason I'd never ever have an unneutered purebred in Ireland or the UK, though lots of people do. Interestingly the only cavaliers I have seen up for rehoming in pounds are neutered or elderly or have a health problem. Some have mysterious 'homes booked' already, the case with every single unneutered younger cavalier in my exeprience :(, as often do guard dog breeds. The whole pound system needs far more oversight and record keeping.

10th August 2005, 11:31 AM
:cry: People who use and abuse dogs like this should be shot. I'd do it :badgrin: Does that make me evil? :badgrin:

11th August 2005, 12:07 AM
It certainly is good to hear some sane discussion on the Cavalier cost issue. I visit (actually "lurk") on a board that is mostly Cavalier breeders and the issue of price has just gone another round on that board. It was kicked off by a breeder who said that she didn't feel that she could justify charging such astronomical prices for her puppies anymore knowing that there would probably be substantial vet bills ahead (I think she was thinking of the MVD/SM issue) for the pet owner (and actually not being able to justify it by the expense to her of having a litter).
A lot of the breeders came back with the counterargument that ALL purebreds in the US now sell in the Cav price range and all have health issues. I don't know what all purebred dogs go for here. I know a Tibetan Spaniel breeder who sells her pet type pups for $800. I have a neighbor who has two Scotties, both grandsons of a Westminster BIS, and they were each only $850. Australian Labradoodles are around $2500, but I think they are playing to the "captive audience" of allergy suffers.
It's a good thing that Cavaliers are so charming and adorable.....what else would you consider buying if it was advertised as "the most expensive one you can buy and guaranteed to cost three times as much as most other brands to maintain" (that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point!).
Sarah Emory

2nd October 2005, 01:13 PM
We paid over $1,000 for our Cavalier because that was the going price. They just aren't available (from reputable breeders who health test) for less than that in my area. I hear lots of people say they would never pay that much, but my answer is that I didn't WANT to pay that much either, but we wanted the puppy. Also, we had one lady treat us like dirt because we even asked about price. She told me if I wanted to talk about a dog for less than $2,500 she wouldn't even consider "letting me have one." I don't understand the high price, but I couldn't imagine not having my Cavalier either, and in my area, where most people don't even know what she is, there are no Cavaliers to be found at less than $1000.

Cathy T
2nd October 2005, 05:23 PM
Oh man...don't even get us started on this issue!! :? I paid $1500 for each of mine and have learned not to tell people what they cost because they look at me like I'm nuts. But then again...I wouldn't pay $50k for a car and lots of people do.

4th October 2005, 01:00 AM
Well, how many of you have had total strangers ask you how much you paid for your dog? I have had more than I can count! That is a rude question--especially when they ask in front of people who are with me who I might not have shared that bit of info with. LOL My father would think I had lost my mind if he knew how much we paid for our dog so we kind of have a don't ask, don't tell policy at my house about the dog. How do you answer well meaning strangers who make comments like, " Oh, she is a Cavalier. How much did you have to pay for her?" I usually just smile and say, " More than I should have; " but one lady actually followed up by saying, " Was it more than a thousand?" :shock:

4th October 2005, 03:59 AM
Another reply would be,I paid far less than they are worth to me.Lynn

4th October 2005, 04:11 AM
Oh people always ask. And in a very leading way - like "How much was he? $500? $1000?" and often won't stop until they get an answer. But why should I hide it? He's well worth it to me! I can't think of ANYTHING I'd rather spend my money on.

People spend way more on much less important things. I am not at all embarassed to have spent as much as I did on Rory.

4th October 2005, 02:33 PM
Here, here Rory's mom - I don't think it has anything to do with anyone else what I choose to spend my money on.

One of my kids told my Mum that I wanted another Cavalier and she replied "More money on a dog? they are far more expensive than I could ever afford" To which my son replied "My Mum doesn't smoke, drink or buy expensive stuff for herself so why shouldn't she have another Cavalier if she wants?"

Apparently, her mouth fell open and she was quiet for the next hour or so :lol: