Hi everyone, I'm Kaitlyn and I'm new here, but will hopefully be around for awhile, and posting pictures of my Cavalier in the future! I just have a few questions about purchasing a puppy. I know talk of specific breeders isn't allowed, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules by asking if this breeder (though not naming by name!) is a good breeder or not. We have a family friend who got a dog through them and raves about them, how sweet and caring they are for the puppies, how much they put into them and love them, and how great they were to get a dog from. However, these friends didn't get a Cavalier from them, they got a Cockalier, a Cocker Spaniel mix. Now I've read mixed things, like stay far, FAR away from breeders who mix the breeds, but I've also heard that in the case of these particular dogs, they're trying to mix the two similar Spaniels to make a healthier dog. In any case, the dog in question IS completely healthy and all the testimonials have raved about the breeders and how healthy their dogs (both Cavaliers and Cockaliers) are. I've also read the signs for a good breeder, and I was just wondering how you can really tell, honestly. I know of a good breeder in our area, but she charges too much for us to afford, and she did tell us, "You get what you pay for" in terms of health, but $2,000 is just too much for my family! So if anyone has any help, that would be great! Also, if this kind of talk isn't allowed, PLEASE let me know and I'll delete the thread!