The best way to increase your chances of having a happy Cavalier King Charles companion is to start out with a healthy Cavalier Spaniel puppy from a strong bloodline. The best Cavalier King Charles breeders will attempt to match healthy dogs as breeding pairs to reduce hereditary weaknesses in the breed.
Before buying a dog, ask the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder about the health history of their dogs. If the sire and bitch themselves are still be quite young, hereditary weaknesses in the sire and bitch may not have shown up yet so don’t hesitate to ask about the health of the grand-sire and grand-dam.
When choosing a healthy puppy from a litter of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, look for:
- bright eyes free of any discharge or cloudiness
- ears with a sweet smell and no evidence of redness or “dirty” look to them
- fresh breath and gums that don’t appear swollen, red or bleeding
- a shiny coat with no bald patches, sores or rough spots
- a natural “gait”, no signs of lameness, stumbling or obvious injury to the legs and paws
Next, determine how many veterinarian examinations the Cavalier Spaniel puppy has had before you take him home, what vaccinations will have been given and any comments the vet may have had. reputable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeders will provide you with a copy of the veterinarian’s initial exams.
Make an advance appointment with your own vet for an initial exam as soon as possible upon purchasing a puppy. Be sure the breeder will allow you to return the puppy if your vet discovers a significant health issue. Being stuck with an adorable, but unhealthy puppy can result in substantial expense in future vet bills as well as the heartache of losing a beloved pet earlier than expected. Play it safe and choose a health puppy before you commit your time, energy and love to a particular dog.