We are often asked for guidelines by people hoping to buy a puppy. This post below summarises the things to ask breeders about. Don't forget, both parents need to have been health tested, not just the mother.
Cavaliers have two main inherited health conditions, the first is a heart disease generally known as MVD (Mitral Valve Disease) and the second is a neurological... condition, Syringomyelia, which nobody can pronounce so it is usually shortened to SM.
MVD can cause Cavalier’s hearts to grow old too soon and can lead to early death through heart failure.
SM is where pockets of fluid develop within the spinal cord and destroy nerve tissues. In some cases it can cause such extreme pain that very young Cavaliers need to be put to sleep.
Responsible breeders will have certificates to show both parents were tested for MVD and SM after the age of 2.5 years
Cavaliers should also be tested for inherited eye problems and good breeders will also be able to show certificates for Dry Eye/Curly Coat Syndrome and Episodic Falling syndrome.
This little beauty Ruby is with Dogs Angels Ireland, have a read of their post below with her details if you would like to adopt her - please note Ruby is NOT with Irish Cavalier Rescue - please contact Dogs Angels Ireland via the details in their link,- we don't have any info on her apart from below.
Ruby is a 7 year old pure bred King Charles Spaniel. She is the sweetest little girl and loves to be cuddled and fussed over. She also loves her walks, trips in... the car and parking herself in front of a window where she can sun herself and watch what's happening outside. Ruby is good with dogs but would settle with or without them as she prefers human company. She is super social and loves to say hello to everyone who'll let her. We are looking for a 5 star where Ruby can have company for most of the day. We would prefer a home with kids over 5 as she is delicate.❤️ please pm us if you can offer ruby all of the above x
Charlie is now ready for a new home. He is a lovely elder gentleman, aged approx. 12. His heart is fine, so he’s very lucky, but he occasionally has an issue with one of his knee caps, and can need to take Metacam from time to time. Charlie is house-trained, but sometimes can have an accident at nighttime. Charlie is a sweetheart and has been lacking a bit in confidence, but he is getting more sociable as time goes by.
We would like Charlie to find a new home where he will have company during the day, with no children under the age of 6. We will carry out a homecheck prior to rehoming him and there will be a rehoming fee. If you would like to apply to adopt Charlie please send us a private message, or email us at email@example.com
This is Callie and she is looking for a new family to live with.
She’s aged 11 and has a grade 3-4 heart murmur which is no surprise, given her age, but lucky for Callie, she isn’t showing any symptoms of this and isn’t taking any medication at the moment, though this could change in the future. She is housetrained, spayed and while she is living with other dogs in her foster home, she would be fine as an only dog.
If you would like to offer Callie a home please contact us via private message or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like Callie to have human company for at least half of the day, and we are not in a position to home her where there are children under the age of 6.
There will be a rehoming fee and we will carry out a homecheck prior to rehoming.
Be sure to take your dog(s) for a sniff today!
It will be no surprise to hear that dogs live in an olfactory world, a world of smells and sniffing. Your dog is engrossed in smells of other dogs, other humans..., other animals, food, poop & pee.
As awful as that might sound to us nose-blind humans, this is the ultimate in enrichment for your canine companion.
Your dog might get out of the house for only brief periods every day, so make very minute count for them. A WALK shouldn't really be about walking, we should really start thinking of it as a SNIFF.
Take your dog for a SNIFF. Slow it all down, encourage sniffing as the primary form of exercise for them.
Whose walk is it anyway?
Increasing and facilitating sniffing on walks can help in lots of ways...stay tuned for a blog post on this...!
And you think your cavalier takes up all the sofa space? 😱