After a year of research and preparing, we are getting a cavalier puppy!! We are in contact with two breeders and actually have to decide between a 20 week old puppy and a brand new 13 week old puppy. This is our first dog and we have two very gentle girls ages 4 and 6. They are animals lovers but my 6 year old can be timid. My four year old is less timid, but very gentle and loving.
The pros in the 20 week old is that the breeder tells me that the pup is crate trained and housebroken "in general". This seems like a great benefit to me! The con is that we will miss out on that adorable new puppy stage, and I'm not sure I want to miss this. However, if those first few weeks are REALLY difficult, this might be a benefit.
Would love to hear thoughts and opinions on this.