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    Default Would you buy another one?

    With all the health problems that us owners have with our cavaliers, would you still buy another one, especially with all of the SM cases coming to light. My cavalier is 2 years old and healthy at the moment and I am looking for a second one, although I am beginning to feel that I have just been very lucky so far with the health of my dog with the more I read. Cavaliers are a wonderful breed and it would be hard to find another breed that comes anywhere close to them but are they worth the heartache and upset. Do the health problems put you off the breed?

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    Yes I would! They're simply the most marvellous little dogs imaginable.I think if you're committed to taking any dog in the first instance you must be prepared to look after any medical issues that arise.There are plenty of medical worries in other breeds too.Plus it will be equally heartbreaking if they die at 12 or 6.
    My cavalier seems healthy and will be scanned but even if she has SM she's asymptomatic and I'd hope she'd live a long and comfortable life.
    I'd look back along the pedigree though and check the age at which a dog's parents/g parents were bred at and if they're still alive.Her sire is 12 and dam will be eight soon so I have every reason to expect that she'll do ok.
    There's a few long lived cavaliers back along the lines too so that gives me hope to cling to in the interim.
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    I spoke with my vet about this very issue ...

    I was thinking of going with another breed that I thought was relatively healthy and then my vet started listing all the genetic issues inherent with that breed ...

    Cavaliers have their share of health issues, for sure, but for the second dog (which will be a rescue), I am just planning to get pet insurance and deal with anything that comes along.
    Lani
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    Quote Originally Posted by sins View Post
    Yes I would! They're simply the most marvellous little dogs imaginable.

    Exactly what I was going to say! After having my two I would never even consider another breed.
    Miranda, Penny and Bailey

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    Absolutely! But I will use this information in Karlin's post when I'm looking for a new puppy: http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=26676
    Cathy Moon
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    I have been put off but then it's easy to say whilst I have one. If anything happened to Dylan I'd be very sad without a Cavalier. I am thinking seriously about fostering. And you know how soppy I am, I may well end up a failed foster
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    Pauline,

    There is nothing wrong with being a failed foster mummy, go for it

    Alison.

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    I am contemplating getting another right now. All breeds have health issues. Mixed breeds aren't immune to them either.
    If I would have know all the health issues and diseases that children could get (way back when) I probably would have been scared to do that too.

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    Hi

    With my three girls all being under Two and with them being my first cavaliers I Pray that i never will experience any of the health issues that these beautiful animals seem so cursed to suffer from and so i hope in the future to certainly add to my little family as the impressions that they have bestowed upon me are so great i wonder how i never experienced them in my life before ,even though Daisy would not stop barking at 2.30 am this morning till she had been out to the toilet then upstairs to slumber in her cat radiator bed in our bedroom ,bless her.
    Brian M

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    I would definitely have another Cavalier . I'm trying to persuade the OH to let us have another. It is difficult to find reputable breeders though.

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