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    Default Cavs in pairs

    I always seem to see cavs in pairs. Is a lone dog at a disadvantage? I don't think I can have another one tbh

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    Tess is so cute. But I must warn you (and you'll see by looking at my signature) that cavaliers are addictive. I certainly couldn't stop at one, or even two, or even three!! I had to have four! Oz, the youngest, loves every one of them. Maddie and Riley are half-sisters and are inseperable, they are like velcro dogs. Oliver is the oldest and is more aloof. He keeps himself separated from the other three a lot. He might have been happier having only one other dog as a companion. I think having three others overwhelmed him. But out of all of them, he plays with Oz, the youngest. I think I'll always have at least two so they can keep each other company. Four is definitely a lot!
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    I know I didn't start out intending to have more than one and think most people are probably the same. Jake was 14 months old when we decided to get Shelby and when they were 7 and 8 we decided to bring in our Micah. I love having multiples!! The biggest advantage is they are so fun together and the biggest disadvantage is most definitely expense!!! Dentals, annual exams, food, insurance, everything is more expensive....but the good totally outweighs the bad
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    It's hard to have only one. They just look so cute as pairs (or groups). Guinness (my first) was happy before Thistle joined us, but he definitely loves his sister, and wouldn't want to be without her now. They curl up on the couch together while I'm gone, it's so sweet.

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    I am already plotting adding another Cavalier to our group.
    Mommy to....

    Chamberlain (10 month Male Blenheim Cavalier)
    Sasha (6 year old Female Great Pyrennes)

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    I have 2 Cavaliers, but this is for the first time. Previous to that I have had four as singletons and I don't think they have missed company. Oliver, the oldest of my current two, was on his own for 7 years and didn't seem to have a problem. I do work from home, which means we are in each other's company most of the time, and they go more or less everywhere with me (including camping holidays in a tent!).

    After long and hard thought, I got Aled, my younger rescue, not because I felt Oliver needed canine company, but because he has been a very special dog and I wanted continuity when he died (he's almost 10), and if Aled gets to a good age as well I will be in my middle or late 70s when he goes and will have to look honestly at my circumstances (health, finance and so on) before I decide whether or not to have another dog; and of course I also wanted to give a home to a rescue. Aled is very dependent on Oliver; Oliver gets on well with Aled but is still very self-contained - they don't play together or chase around off lead (Aled rushes after Oliver, but Oliver does his own thing). Adjusting to having 2 dogs was a learning curve for both Oliver and me - I almost resented losing my quiet life with Oliver, much as I now love Aled. The down side of having two is that I obedience train my Cavaliers and knew I wouldn't have time to train both of them, so Oliver had to retire as I felt Aled would profit from being trained. We travel by public transport and I couldn't manage two plus luggage without a coupler!

    Interestingly, all my Cavaliers have related closely to me and not been very interested in playing with other dogs (even other Cavaliers!), so I don't think they really missed another dog in the house. So don't feel you are depriving your dog by not getting another - just be realistic about what is right for your circumstances.

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    I had one for 12 years and always said we should of had two. Now I have Two and love it. They are great for each other.
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    Do you think Tess would take to another one? do they adjust quickly to having a new addition? Would I have to get one of a similar age to tess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chamberlain View Post
    I am already plotting adding another Cavalier to our group.
    I am also doing the same, but persuading my Mum is very very difficult!!
    Another cavalier would complete me
    ..Life wouldn't be complete without a beautiful cavalier at your feet..
    xxxx Mummy to Murphy, aged 8. MVD wont stop my precious boy! xxxx
    28/09/09 Gotcha Day <3

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    We now have 3 cavaliers! It is very hard not get more than one, however the costs should be considered before deciding.
    We have one who is grade 5. That costs so much in prescription charges per month, then for all of them you have to consider the heartworm/flea meds every month!

    In saying that the unconditional love they give is definitely worth every cent spent on them!!
    Mommy to Bobo (B&T) Feb 4th 2002,
    Hoopy (BL) Oct 22nd 2007,
    Lenee (BL) Oct 6th 2010.

    Jinky (Ruby) Sep 24th 2011

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