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    Hi everyone!
    I am new to this board...we are getting our first Cavalier on March 21...a tri...her picture is to the left...and we are very excited.
    I have had larger dogs all my life and currently own a lovely Brittany Spaniel named Behr. I wanted somehing smaller next time around and since of adore spaniels, I decided to get a Cavalier after reading about them. They seem to have such lovely dispositions!

    Anyway, we are getting an older pup from a kennel which was going to keep her to breed, but think she is a bit on the small side, so have decided to let her go. She is currently seven months old and weighs 8-9 pounds. We are waiting to pick her up until after we return from a previously planned vacation so we can devote a great deal of time to her.

    I was wonder since she is a bit older what we might expect at her stage development? (she'll be 81/2 months old by then) Any insight would be useful. And if she is only 8-9 lbs now, what might she be full grown? (I realize it is all just a guessing game).

    Thanks and I love this board and enjoy reading all the stories about your wonderful dogs!

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    She may be full size now, depends on her nutrition, and environment as well as genes. Is she coming from a kennel or a home breeder? I ask because the picture appears to be an indoor kennel.

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    She's coming from a very reputable kennel. The pups are home raised however.

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    That is great! You may need to socialize her , often even the best of breeders don't have time to take them out and about,but she is adorable and may get a little bigger but probably not much.

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    I fully expect that I will need to socialize her. She will be getting a ton of love. Fortunately, my husband and I own our own business and already bring our Brit to work...so she'll be coming too.

    I'm not too concerned about that. Behr was six months old when we got him and had been left by his previous owner in a crate for 12 hours at a stretch, usually five days a week. Poor little sot was starved for attention!

    For me, the biggest thing will be how she responds to Behr - he's 13 now and has only limited patience for young pups, which was why I wanted one who was a bit older. He's great with them as long as they know their place and don't try to pounce on his sore hips too much. Mind you, she probably couldn't reach them anyway...lol

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    She'll probably be pretty playful still, but it usually works out best when the older dog puts them in their place themselves.

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    We want photos of your new puppy and of your Brittany spaniel as well please---Aileen and the gang(Jazzie--Barney--Sam)
    cavaliers at the bridge Mattie and Rocky & Sam & Jake
    Better to light a candle for one lost dog than to curse the darkness of man's indifference. Saving just one dog won't change the world but it surely will change the world for that one dog.

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    We got our Cavalier Buddy when he was six months. He weighed 14 lbs. and now at two years weighs almost 21 lbs. and is at a good weight for him, although he is above standard (13-18 lbs.). Your little girl may be full grown now but more likely will grow another pound or two, not much more. At eight and a half months she should be easy to housebreak if she is not and will be ready for longer walks, to take beginners obedience, etc. If you want to try Agility she would need to wait until she is at least a year. You will enjoy her!

    With respect to introducing her to your older dog, go carefully. I brought home a 12 week old Clumber Spaniel to my 13 year old English Cocker Spaniel. It was harder on Abby, my ECS, then I thought it would be. Our life saver was that a small dog park opened two blocks from our house right at the time we got Hadley, the Clumber. Both dogs loved to go and both got fussed over, Hadley for being an adorable wiggle butt puppy and Abby for being a grand old lady. I also kept my bedroom, where Abby had always slept at the foot of my bed, just for her, no Hadley. I cannot say they ever became fast friends but they did tolerate one another and would snuggle to sleep on the sofa, their dog beds or back seat of the car. Only a couple months after Hadley came home, Abby was diagnosed with canine cognitive dysfunction and we had to have her put to sleep when Hadley was not quite a year old. I hung Abby's collar on the doorknob to the basement (not sure why) and for a week or so after Abby's death Hadley would go sniff the collar and look around for Abby. Although there were times in the beginning when I questioned bringing a puppy into a house with a geriatric dog, in the long run I was glad I did. With care on my part, they ended up being fine, and when Abby did have to leave us I was ever so glad Hadley was there. Introducing Buddy at six months to Hadley at thirteen months was not as difficult but had its own challenges.

    Good luck to you. You are right, Spaniels are the best!!
    Phyllis in West Virginia USA with two Clumbers and a Cavalier Named Buddy

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    Thanks everyone. Here are a couple more pictures...not the best, but what I have at the moment. The first is of my Brit....and the second is of Porsche, the new addition.

    Behr --


    Porsche

    Behr has been around quite a few dogs. I use to also have a golden retriever who lived with Behr for almost three years, but we lost her about 4 years ago. I also pet sit dogs of friends of mine and they get along fine once the pecking order is established. Behr also hangs out with the two dogs brought to work at the neighbouring office.

    My vet seems to think that because he is in such good shape, he will adapt quickly.

    Also my 20-year-old stepson is insanely attached to Behr and they spend every free moment together, so sometimes I feel like there is not enough dog to go around!

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    I brought Mia home at 6 months and I also have a Golden that is 2-1/2 years old--so they're both pretty young. They get along great---Mia loves Wrigley and Wrigley tolerates Mia--ha! Getting a six month old puppy was a great experience for me! She was past alot of the puppy-ish problems like chewing and getting up in the night to go potty. She wasn't complete potty trained and needed some socialization with people--she got along great with dogs. She's still sort of shy around new people but is coming along nicely.

    I'll bet Porche will be a good fit in your home. She's quite a beauty!
    Denise, Wrigley (Golden-5 Yrs.) and
    Mia Bella (Cavalier-2 Yrs.)

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