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    Default Will I or won't I?

    Hi everyone

    Have set my heart on getting a new puppy & have decided on a Cavalier. Need help deciding on Blenheim or tricolour, male or female? Anyone out there that can advise?

    P.S. Any tips on puppy selection? Thanks.
    Bawnie

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    It really won't matter because you'll end up getting another anyway and probably, the type/sex you didn't get the first time...

    I went through thinking I wanted everything but a blenheim then ended up with a blenheim as my first, and thought I'd go for a female and ended up with a male. I know lots of us here will have a similar tale!!

    I have two males and really adore them. This is one breed where there isn't really a strong personality argument against getting a male vs a female. Many say the females love you but the males are in love with you. When I had one boy I knew I'd be delighted with another boy, or a girl; it didn't really matter.

    It may really end up being whatever colour puppy a good breeder has available; or else the puppy in the litter that attracts you most.

    Do read through the information in the FAQs on finding a good breeder for a puppy, the things to watch out for, and the questions to ask. icon_thumbsup
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    Nope, it just doesn't matter! I want a blenheim female and got a tri male, the next one was going to be a blenheim female and ended up being a tri female. Love them both equally and can't imagine life without them.

    It truly doesn't matter!!
    Cathy
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    Bawnie, I should add since I see that you are in Wexford, that you can contact the breed club through the IKC and get the name of their puppy contact. Ask them to recommend a good breeder. Basically you will pay the same as the puppies listed in the Buy& Sell and the latter, even if they have IKC registrations, are mostly backyard-bred dogs or puppy farm dogs being sold through brokers. There's a huge difference in quality (and usually, appearance, and health) between a pup from a good breeder and a puppy farm dog.

    The cavalier show at the dog arena near Dublin airport is June 11th, if you want to have a look at lots of cavaliers; the breed club contact is Evelyn Hurley, 01-8481621.
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    I have three blenheims.. two girls and a boy... I love them all equally and they are all equally different. I will have a difficult time with my next cavalier because I'm so flexible in what I want! They are all so sweet and wonderful... oh and.. you'll want a second so you can always try a different color/sex then!

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    Yup can agree with the above - they are all wonderful, so it doesn't really matter which colour or sex!!

    I have found that the girls maybe stay slightly closer when let off the lead, but as long as you make sure your Cavalier is obedient - maybe go to classes, which are excellent for socialisation too - you shouldn't have any problems. The trick is to always be more interesting than anything else your dog may encounter!! Whether that is with a game, or food etc.


    Spayed girls tend to be slightly more independent, the boys are maybe more adoring, so there are pros and cons to both sexes, but both are very eager to please, so easy to train and quick to learn - Rupert, our Blenheim boy was housetrained in two weeks with the use of a crate, he came to us at 8 1/2 weeks.

    We did a little bit of showing - just local exemption shows, then went on to obedience and agility...some Cavaliers are PAT dogs, so go visiting people in hospital and homes etc; some work as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, so they really are very adaptable and will fit in with your lifestyle.

    They are usually very good with {sensible, caring} children.

    I know some Cavaliers who exercise jsut in the garden, with plenty of games for stimulation, others walk 10 miles every day. These are the extremes though, it is good for them to get out and about, they love to meet people and other dogs.

    I think most of us walk our Cavaliers a couple of times a day, when they were fit mine were doing 2-3 miles and sometimes up to 5, plus free exercise in a large garden.

    Usually if you go to view a litter, there is always one puppy who stands out as being the one for you - whatever preconceived ideas you may have gone with about sex or colour!!

    Do go and look in the FAQ section though, there's also some good advice on here http://www.doglady.org.uk/puppy.htm

    Sorry I've waffled again...
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    Your 'waffling' is nothing of the sort! Lots of helpful info there and it is always interesting to hear about others' experiences. As we all know, who EVER gets bored talking about and hearing about each others' cavaliers?
    Karlin
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    Hi again everyone

    Went to see a tri female and came home with her. Up half the night with her but she's just gorgeous. She's asleep on her own for the first time today, I'm wrecked but can't stop smiling. Will send on a photo as soon as she wakes up!

    Was a little worried about her markings as she has a consistent white, brown and black but with a brown patch on the side of her face. She seems to have other markings consistent with her breed but this mark on the side of her face made her stand out she is IKC Reg so I just think she's different and special all in one. I don't intent showing her so it makes no difference, just as cute with or without the patch.

    She is almost 9 weeks and quite independent already. Love her already. Now for some advice, should I leave her on her own tonight? I don't know. Some say a ticking clock helps?

    Thank you all for such great advice.
    Chat soon no doubt

    Bawnie
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    Congrats on your puppy! Tris should have brown on their muzzles; some have more than would be considered breed standard markings but it makes no difference for a pet and even many show dogs are mismarked; they are appraised on many other points than markings alone. Tris should be black and white white tan markings on the sides of their head, under the ear, the eyebrows and on the back of the legs under the tail and downwards. The breed standard:

    <<Tricolor - Jet black markings well broken up on a pearly white ground, with rich tan markings over the eyes, on cheeks, inside ears and on underside of tail.>>

    Make sure she has lots of nice soft bedding to sleep in.

    Here are so,me more good links on caring for cavalier puppies:

    http://www.roycroftcavaliers.com/manual1.htm
    http://www.roycroftcavaliers.com/manualtraining.htm

    Personally I wouldn't leave a little puppy entirely on its own at night in a room by itself; this is very traumatic as they've just come from the warmth and company of a litter. I kept mine at first in a crate by my bed, though the first week it was a large cardboard box so that I could easily reach him and take him out if he needed to go during the night (most puppies do, at lkeast for a few days or weeks). Also I could touch him reassuringly in the night if he started to shift around.

    Don't put a hot water bottle in with him unless it is very securely wrapped in a couple of towels and there is absolutely NO chance of him coming in contact with the hot rubber by pulling the covering around; Mine really liked the warmth of this but you do need to be very cautious and don't use boiling hot water. A ticking clock often is calming for them.

    Others might have other suggestions! In my case I lasted about three weeks before I just let him sleep on the bed and that's where he's been (and now his half brother too) as well.
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Lily Tansy Libby Mindy
    In memory: Lucy Leo
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    How exciting!! Don't you just love puppy breath!!??

    We were completely different with Jake as far as the first night. He slept in his crate by himself the first night. I put a little cuddle bed, a clock wrapped up in a towel and a warm disk (you put it in the microwave and it hold the heat for like 10 hours). He would have been happy with just the bed! I got up after a few hours in a panic when I realized I hadn't heard from him, came out into the family room and about scared the pants off of him! He was sound asleep and I woke him up. Shelby was even easier than Jake cause she had him in the crate right next to her.

    We took him out every few hours the first few weeks and then he was good to go.


    Jake's marking are funny. It looks like his face got smushed to the side. He was more brown on one side of his muzzle and the white line up his forehead is off center. Just give him more character

    Let us know how your night goes.
    Cathy
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