Dog Expert Please? Can I get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

Dog Breeds Dog Expert Please? Can I get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?, I sort of want a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I'm also considering these breeds: Norwich Terrier Norfolk Terrier Border Terrier Papillon English Cocker Spaniel Boykin Spaniel Cocker Spaniel My house ...


  #1  
22-12-09, 00:50
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  Dog Expert Please? Can I get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
I sort of want a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I'm also considering these breeds: Norwich Terrier
Norfolk Terrier
Border Terrier
Papillon
English Cocker Spaniel
Boykin Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel

My house is about 3,000 square feet, 2 stories, no small children (2 teenagers (my sister and I) and my parents)
There will be no one home from 8am to 3pm on mondays through fridays. other than those times there will always be about 2-3 people home. On weekends there will always be 1-3 people home at all times, and same with summer and winter vacation.
I live in the East San Francsico Bay Area, specifically in Walnut Creek. During the height of the summer, during the day, the temperature is in the 80s, though usually it is in the seventies. (It can occasionally reach the nineties). In the winter it is in the 50s and 60s and 70s during the day (VERY rarely 40s)

I want a dog that is small, doesn't bark too much, doesn't need a lot of exercise, isn't excessively active, doesn't smell too bad or slobbber too much, and is very loving (cavaliers fit this description. My only concern is how much they shed, and how much you have to take them to the vet and take them to get groomed). I will make time if necessary though. I am also concerned because i would prefer a dog that is not prone to heart problems or othe rmedical problems.

I really dont know that much about dogs, and i don't know very many dog breeds. If none of the ones listed above sound like good choices for me OR you have other suggestions, then let me know. Any additional informatino will be very helpful

Thank you!
Bozema - obviously temperature varies throughout California. The climate in San Diego is very different from the climate in Redding. There were only about 8-9 days this summer where the temperature passed 90.


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  #2  
27-02-10, 22:15
 
ok you are so lucky that i am a member because i am a dog expert well if you aren't going to be home for about 7 hours don't get a dog because the dog needs to be watch or you can have a fenced backyard and leave the dog outside and also get what any breed you want but out of your choices i would get a norwich terrier because they are cute, small and don't bark to much so if you need anymore questions become a fan of mine and i will be glad to help
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  #3  
13-08-10, 21:35
 
I am not an expert but I have a Cavalier King Charles and I would highly suggest to anyone to get one. They are the sweetest angels on the planet and are very easy to train because they are eager to please and they are very smart almost human like lol I live by myself with him and my cat in an apartment and I work 9-6 everyday but live close enough that I can go home for about 45 mins every day to walk him. After work and on weekends, I am always with him and if I'm not with him then my mom is or someone else is. He's my baby They do shed a little but we groom him ourselves because we are afraid a groomer might ruin or cut his naturally beautiful long and feathered hair (breed characteristics). So daily brushing is a must and will keep shedding to a minimum. As for the medical problems or genetic conditions, most Cavaliers are prone to get at least one of them but make sure you get one from a reputable breeder where the parents have been screened and cleared for these conditions. We paid $1250 but some breeders might charge more or less. This is mere pennies in my opinion because he is priceless to me. He is the best company you could ever ask for. They love everybody and everything. Love all people, children, cats, other animals. Everything! They are just perfect! Good Luck!!!
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  #4  
09-09-10, 00:20
 
My choice is an English Cocker Spaniel and you can go to Cocker Spanieldogs.com or dogbreeder.com to find what you need. They
take online orders.
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  #5  
27-09-10, 00:38
 
I am not going to say that I am a dog expert, but I do show and breed Tibetan Spaniels.

All dogs need a good 30 minutes exercise a day. This means taking them to a park or somewhere and allowing them to run around (off-lead), perhaps throwing a ball or such. The only exception is the British Bull Dog who only needs about 15 minutes. You are a teenager (and look like a male in your picture). you should have loads of energy to excerise your dog. If you do not have time to walk your dog, don't get one.

Terriers are notorious for barking and high energy.

King Charles Spaniels tend to have heart/hip and eye problems which is a breed flaw.

The size of the house isn't important, you can have a large dog in a small apartment so long as they are adequately exercised. Is your backyard fenced?

So you are a teenager. How are you going to pay for the vet bills? Even if the dog does not develop any medical issues, you still need annual vaccinations for parvo, kennel cough, heartworm (I pay around $180 AU for this). Then there is general worming, my dog get a tablet once every three month ($80 AU per year). Then there are monthly drops for ticks and fleas ($200AU per year). So without any major issues, I spend $460 per year just making sure he doesn't get sick. In the US you may need rabies shots as well. I also have pet insurance, just in case. This is $30AU per month. If your parents are going to pay, what happens when you move out/go to college etc.? Who will pay then?

All dogs require grooming. Not necessarily by a dog groomer but you may need to brush them. Even short hair dogs needs a good brushing 1 or twice a week to remove dead hair and stimulate the skin.

If you are not willing to walk, exercise and play with your dog everyday without fail, rain, hail, snow and sun. You should think twice about getting one. I don't mean to sound harsh but so many people are get dogs because they are cute little puppies, and they like the idea of carrying around in a bag (I know this isn't your plan), and they don't treat them properly. If your dog gets bored, he will chew things - shoes, bags, cushions, paper etc.

Pedigree dogs cost a lot more than bitza's. You will realistically pay between $800 and $2000 for one of the dogs listed above. They have a more predictabletemperamentt, but generally have medical conditions that can affect them (not all, for example I have a Tibetan Spaniel. They are pre-disposed to getting Progressive Retinal Atrophy and hip/elbow dysplasia. However I have had no problems with this (so far), but that is why I have pet insurance).

Mixed breed dogs (bitza, Heinz, mutt), are cheapeand tendnd to be more hardy when it comes to medical conditions, however theitemperamentnt is less predictable.
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  #6  
28-09-10, 07:26
 
It sounds like the cavalier king charles spaniel might be a good choice for your family.
As far as ages are concerned- these dogs are great for people of all ages- from children to the elderly- so the age of your family members is not a concern, anyway.

Although these dogs love nothing more than to be with the family, they are generally happy to sit at home and wait for you to return, as long as they are not left for excessive periods of time.
These dogs are bred to be with people, but they are relatively happy to be left at home to await the return of their family.

As far as intelligence goes- this breed is not the brightest- which actually counts in your favour when it comes to leaving the dog at home, as they are less likely to become stressed and develop problem behaviours. They are still quite trainable and respond well to training. They are not a dominant breed which has extra difficulty to train.

Molting wise- these dogs are not excess molters. Although they have a long coat they do not shed a lot of hair (especially when you compare them to short haired breeds) they will shed- but not a great deal. If you do not plan on brushing your dog regularly you should get the dog clipped to stop the hair from matting, and to prevent the coat from picking up burrs, grass seeds, etc, which can actually lead to health problems.

As far as health goes. It is a bit of a different story. These little dogs are very popular, and are very susceptable to a number of health issues due to poor breeding practices as well as breeding for appearance. Their small noses mean that these dogs often have breathing and snoring problems. Heart problems affect just about every dog within this breed. But usually they only present later in life, so it is a difficult problem to breed out.
The worse health condition this breed suffers from is Syringomyelia- where the brain actually outgrows the skull. This condition is incredibly painful, and affected dogs are usually euthenased.

It is important that when you choose a puppy you choose a reputable breeder who screens their dogs for these potential health problems, and chooses only healthy dogs who have passed all these tests to breed with, rather than breeders who are only breeding for the appearance of the dogs, or breeders who just want to make some money out of their pets and do not bother to preform any of these health tests.
If you choose a good breeder and a pup who's parents have been cleared of genetic problems, you should have much more luck finding a healthy pup who does not have any of these health problems.
http://www.cavalierhealth.org/

As far as the other breeds you have chosen go- steer clear of the terriers- they are too active and intelligent for your needs and they will develop behavioural problems (namely digging and barking) when left at home for long periods of time. Papillions are great but are highly intelligent and need plenty of mental stimulation and time with the family.
The other spaniels will have similar personalities to the cavvi- but as far as temprement and good nature is concerned- the Cavalier is King when it comes to being a family pet.
Its great that you are doing all this research before you choose to get a dog.
Keep researching these breeds- look into their household requirements and potential health problems, and choose well bred pups who's parents are screened for genetic health problems to ensure that you are getting a good dog!
Good luck!
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  #7  
29-09-10, 20:31
 
You need to do more research on breeds and also find out what your parents want to do. You are a teen and will move out and leave home during this dog's lifetime and odds are you won't be able to take it with you (college dorms and most apartments don't allow dogs typically). You cannot leave these breeds outside for long periods of time, thus your discussion of temperatures is not relevant. I also live in CA and know for a fact that at 8 am in wintertime, temperatures are frequently in the 30's and 40's and that temperatures in the 90s occur regularly.

Cavaliers regularly have heart conditions unless you buy from a quality breeder that screens parents for heart conditons. This means a dog that is going to cost $2,000 and up. All breeds have potential health problems and you need to do research and find out what they are. Cavaliers also shed and need daily grooming.

An adult shelter dog is a great first dog for many people; since you have a wide variety of possible breeds that may work for you, a mixed breed dog may be the best choice. And since you are gone for long periods during weekdays, your family is best off with a dog that is an adult, had some training and is housebroken.
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  #8  
12-11-10, 06:10
 
go for the King Charles.. they're awesome. my gf has one, and she's 3 yrs old. total sweetheart, doesn't bark much, and she's fairly active, but also very chill. perfect lap dog. i don't think they shed much, longer coat dogs tend to have one layer of fur, instead of two. so there's less to shed.

if you get a Cavvie make sure you get one from a reputable breeder, and make sure they have a good heart checkup before you get them. make sure you get regular checkups, because they can develop heart murmors. but over all, really sweet dogs i dont even like small dogs, and i love her to death
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  #9  
30-11-10, 01:10
 
http://www.laughlinkennel.com/Designer_Breeds.html

you can search here for other breeds, you sound like a good family for a charles, it's just the grooming thing....here are "designer dogs" who are bred to shed less.....

***PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT BUY FROM HERE, BYB
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