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    Default Cavaliers Breed Standard Size/Weight

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    I know the breed standard says "Weight and Size: Weight - twelve to eighteen pounds(5.50-8.20 kilo ). A small well-balanced dog well within these weights desirable"

    But are we finding our Pet Cavaliers are getting generally bigger overall ,and just for my interest as my knowledge of show dogs is limited ,does a show Cavalier still have to be strictly within that size to win .

    My four girls weigh Poppy 10.20 Kilo ,Daisy 8.10 Kilo ,Rosie 8.40 Kilo ,Lily 7.30 Kilo .


    When we all came downstairs first thing this morning I always take them straight outside so they can go to the loo ,but this morning when outside I did a head count and one was missing .It was our Pops and there was no sign of her so I went back inside to check where she was and found she had come downstairs at the back of the gang and then when we all carried on Pops had turned left into the living room and was busy eating Luke's chicken sandwiches Dawn had left on a table ready to put in his school bag.


    So what unexpected item did your Cavalier eat .?
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    Short answer: no they do not have to be within that weight range to win in show rings and according to show people I talk to, very few show males (at least in the UK) would weigh much under the very top of that range and many weight over it. A couple have said they would never even consider using a stud dog that falls below 17-18lbs and many would prefer over that range. Females do tend to be within breed standard. Some feel that the breed standard weight needs to be changed. My impression is that really small cavaliers at the low end of the breed standard are unlikely to win as well --tending to be too slight in build and sometimes, too short in leg. I sat nest to a couple of very critical breeders at a show once, alarmed at the very small size of a couple of entries.

    In my rescue experience, probably 80% of dogs are larger than breed standard in weight and most I see in the UK on holidays would be the same. I don't mean overweight (though as Kate has said elsewhere, seems to be the case as well for about 80% of all cavaliers I see too! -- a very serious health issue that must be as equal a life shortener as MVD yet totally in owner control to prevent ) but that the dogs are actually larger in size even if they are at correct weight.
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    I don't really know anything about show dogs. However this past weekend my town held an annual Cavalier party at the beach where about 200 cavaliers and their owners gathered for the day and I was so surprised at how much the different cavaliers ranged in size! There were really tiny ones and really big ones! Sonny is about 20 pounds at 10 months and he is actually pretty lanky, I am guessing he will still fill out a little bit. He seems to have one of the larger body types, but there were definitely several that were much larger than him!!! I have heard everyone on the forum talk about the big range in size, but it was interesting to see so many cavaliers in person that all looked so different, but definitely all still adorable.

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    I think the 'breed standards' are probably outdated. It's sounds similar to ladies clothing sizes, where they haven't been updated in years,
    so manufacturers tend to make garments to suit the figure of a 1950's housewife.
    The world of showing sounds really intimidating to say the least. I certainly couldn't do it. If anyone makes a negative comment about
    Jessie, I usually take it to heart, so I'd be known as the sook with the large puppy.

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    Chloe is right at one end of the scale - she is barely 5.5 kg. As she is very small her overall look is proportionate, well at least we think she is. We attribute her weight, or lack of gaining much weight due to raw diet and plenty of walks. The chicken necks she eat tends to have very little fat, plus her treats is almost always dried liver. Unexpected item she eats - well she quite likes Weetabix mixed with some cottage cheese, and she would do anything to have cat food! We also give her chicken frame from time to time, good for her teeth. Quite hilarious to see her determination to finish it though!

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    I can't help but have a giggle of Poppy! Silly girl...or should I say SMART girl! Ha!

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    I've always thought that it would make more sense for the breed standard to specify height, and give typical weights for dogs and bitches as a guideline (as the standard for Golden Retrievers does - the first breed I showed). Oliver is 14 ins at the shoulder and although at the top end of show size, did win moderately well. He has good bone and muscle and is best described as chunky, rather than some of the ethereal Cavaliers seen in the show ring today; he weighs about 10kg/22lb. I was showing him regularly about 7 or 8 years ago, and some shows put on a class for Cavaliers under 18lb, and even then there were very, very few entries for that class. The main decider of size/height/weight is genes (though obviously poor nutrition, illness etc can also be factors). So if, as Karlin related, breeders deliberately use an over the weight limit stud dog to give substance, the puppies are likely to be bigger than average as well and the size overall in the breed will slowly creep up.

    One of the completely unofficial criteria for size what I would like to see followed and would be sorry to lose is that you should be able to pick a Cavalier up quite easily, tuck him/her under your arm and carry them without staggering! If they get too big they cease to be Toy dogs, and should be moved into the Gundog group with the rest of the spaniel breeds. Field Trials for Cavaliers - now there's an interesting thought! (Though I do actually know of several gun-trained Cavaliers... and Oliver would have loved it)

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    That's an interesting reply. Thanks Brian! Funny that she said that she is asked if her cavaliers are puppies. Elton is really small 12lbs. He is smaller boned and next to other cavaliers he just is overall tiny.
    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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    I started to show amy, last december in baby's class. We had 3 shows, so far, here in Portugal.
    I saw many cavs above the standard limits and wining. I know that some males had 10kg and 11 kg (22-24 lbs). And I think that they are most likely to be notested, just because they're bigger.

    Amy is almost 6 kg (13lbs) and female, so that is not a very fair competition for her .
    But she's only 9 months. However I like her small (and toy!) and I will not over feed her just to grow for shows!
    She feets on my lap, but not on my mum's lap anymore!

    In my personal opinion, if we have toy dogs, we should keep then small (to medium, in cavs, that might be the 8 kg). I bought a toy, I didn't bought a medium sized dog.
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    Just my opinion of course, as a pet owner, who neither breeds or is a part of the show world of dogs in general.
    That to me comes across as very pretentious and almost insulting. I understand that those are the breed standards, but
    they will never be adapted unless someone they hold of importance raises their hand on the issue. My view may be a little
    stereotypical, but for me it only affirms that the society of showing is really only for certain cliques and if your Cavalier falls on either
    side of what they deem to be 'correct size', your ousted.

    It's intimidating for inexperienced Cavalier owners.
    I rarely find myself agitated, but I'll be stuffed If I'm going to let some stuffy, out of touch group dictate what my Cavalier should
    aspire to, bugger that.

    Sorry, just makes me a little agro

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