Here are two great sites with info on puppy farms -- a big, big industry in Ireland, the US, and parts of the UK -- and our cavaliers are one of the most popular breeds to farm in this horrific way.
On this site, please read Alison's sad (but uplifting) story of her rescue cavaliers -- one of which had been beaten on the side of the head so hard by the 'farmer' that she lost an eye and her teeth were knocked in; she also had SM and recently had to be released from her pain, after too few -- but much loved -- months with Alison. Alison, thanks for sharing Annie-Belle and Honey-Bee's story through this website.)
These sites are a reminder of why NOT to buy a puppy without thoroughly checking out the "breeder" (who may actually be a broker for puppy farm dogs, pretending to be a breeder), never considering petshop puppies, and why anyone should think long and hard about breeding a litter or two themselves without full health checks on all dogs involved from the requisite specialists for the breed health issues. We all want our cavaliers to live long healthy lives -- not leave us at 6 or 7 due to poor heart health or other problems! :cry: It is also very sobering to note that Alison has had four cavaliers, of which three have had to be put to sleep due to syringomyelia. All unrelated. :cry: