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    I have three cavaliers.
    If you just have one pet,and she gets plenty of time and attention,then one is enough for many people.
    The more dogs you add to your home,the less attention you can give each one individually.
    Three lots of pet insurance is expensive,feeding three is expensive,as is grooming products and the effort involved in maintaining them in good coat.
    The workload involved in multiple dogs is a heavy one,washing dog blankets,beds,crates etc..not to mention their exercise needs.
    Above all else,when taking on multiple cavaliers,you need to be aware of health issues within the breed.
    I have one four year old with Syringomyelia(SM),a common inherited neurological condition,where cavaliers develop fluid filled cavities on their spinal cord and can cost up to 1,000 per year in medication costs for the uninsured.
    The decision to add more cavaliers to a household is not one that should be taken lightly and only choose a cavalier from parents who are fully health tested, which means at a minimum, both parents mri scanned,cardiologist heart tested and eye tested.
    If you can't find such a puppy,then maybe consider taking a rescue cavalier who has been spayed/neutered.There are cavaliers of all ages in dire need of a loving home as rescues are being inundated with surrenders due to the economic downturn.
    They're a wonderful little breed and adapt to family life very quickly.
    Sins

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    I am another who had one cavalier for 10 years and added another nearly a year ago, it was a very big decision for us to make with such a big age difference but has worked out really well and has brought back a spark into our older cavaliers life, he was getting quite a couch potato, they do not cuddle up together in the house and still get on much better outside, but the joy on our older cavaliers face when he sees the younger one in the morning and his little tail is wagging so fast you think he is going to take off is a delight to see. Pet insurance is a must with this breed and cover for life, our oldest one has MVD which is another big health problem in this breed and the tablets that he takes cost 1.00 each and he at the moment takes one a day. They are a wonderful breed and knowing about all the health issues I still could not imagine having another breed.
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    and my two special boys Jasper age 14 and Ollie age 4.

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    Default Yep.....me too!!!! Looking to add a second

    We are looking for a boy.... we know it is best for Gracie to have a companion and we are so looking forward to having a second Cavvie. They are so cute when playing together and just feel like the house needs more activity.

    BUT....It is a HUGE commitment and I think Karlin has some very good pointers about getting a second dog. We have thought about it over several months and so not a rash decision. But it must be the right dog. We had a chance for one Cavalier male and felt something was up when we were pressured to pick him up right away. Most important thing is to take your time to find the best possible breeder who can provide as many health documentation as possible.

    If you only have one, please make sure you do not have to leave your Cavvie alone for long periods regularly. They like to be with their humans and/or other dogs.

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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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    I just have the one, and I know he's more than enough for me! I would actually feel bad getting a second, no matter how cute they are, just because I wouldn't want to have to split my attention I give Helio with another puppy! He's my little baby, and he's spoiled rotten, and I love it that way! (So does he! ) I live with my parents though, and we have a family dog who's a little older, and Helio and him are very best friends, so I think he's happy to have another dog to play with. But we took him on vacation, where the other dog didn't come, and he was still just as happy, he's such a happy-go-lucky boy! Maybe if I moved out I would consider getting a second dog, but I like having just him right now.
    Mommy to Helio (blenheim male, born 9/23/10)

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