Shedding? They are not excessive shedders but do shed some. They will shed more as puppies until they are in their adult coat then it becomes a more seasonal change of coat. It will take up to 2 years before they are in a true full coat. Grooming is not excessive and can be kept in a puppy cut or similar cocker cut. The do well semi-regular brushing with a coat detangle/conditioning spray. I prefer Plush Puppy. They are a spaniel and love water so bathing is not generally a problem. They also tend to be a low odor dog (unless associated with anal glands) and do not have an excessive oily coat.
Disposition? They are rather quiet and calm being very content to be couch warmers. While they will let you know if there is someone at the door they are not a good choice for a watch dog as they tend to never know a stranger. Puppies can by shy when young and this breed tends to be sensitive to training and very eager to please. They are very patient and interact readily with the family. Even though they are considered a toy breed they are very sturdy and sporty and enjoy outdoor activities even swimming. However, they should live indoors and do not tolerate heat well.
Health concerns? Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) Cataracts Patellas and Syringomyelia (SM) would be the most prevalent.
You can visit www.CavalierTalk.com for some very good information on health concerns for this breed.
Height and weight? AKC Standard: 12 to 13 inches at the withers; weight proportionate to height, between 13 and 18 pounds. A small, well balanced dog within these weights is desirable, but these are ideal heights and weights and slight variations are permissible. Proportion - The body approaches squareness, yet if measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock, is slightly longer than the height at the withers. The height from the withers to the elbow is approximately equal to the height from the elbow to the ground. Substance - Bone moderate in proportion to size. Weedy and coarse specimens are to be equally penalized.
However, I have seen a trend in breeding oversized cavaliers recently.
Color combos? Blenheim - Rich chestnut markings well broken up on white. Tricolor - Jet black markings well broken up on white. Ruby - Whole-colored rich red. Black and Tan - Jet black with rich, bright tan markings over eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest, legs, and on underside of tail.
Do they do well with other dogs? It has been my experience that Yes they do well with other dogs as well as cats and small animals.
Please feel free to contact me at Information@HeritageCavaliers.com if you have any additional questions.
Thank you and have a wonderful day. Janet
***Edited By: Heritage on 5/5/2006 9:42:55 PM*** Reason: fix spelling
So much good information, I really appreciate it. I did go to the discussion forum off of your website.
The one thing I spotted was the frequency of luxating patellas. Did I just find every dog that had it or is it that common?
I am on my 4th week of recovery with my maltese. He only had his right leg done. Both were a grade 2 with no apparent discomfort. Unfortunately, Chan fell during a walk (actually he is a nut for bicycles and he turned to bark and his leg stayed!) requiring the right knee to have surgery.
All I can say is that it's been a real difficult time. Maybe because his was caused by trauma to begin with, I don't really know.
I have never seen an animal in so much pain in my entire life. Part of that was due to his allergic reaction to the morphine patch so all he could take was his anti-inflammatory. It took a good 10 days before I could look at him and see "him" in his eyes - I have never been through anything like this before. Your baby in pain and you're totally helpless.
Anyway, if you get a chance, please let me know if it is really that common amongst these beautiful dogs.
Thank you - I am glad that I was able to answer your questions! :)
To be honest I personally know of only a few occurances and those were detected early in a young pups.
However, there are concerns over the MVD - however, there are some good lines out there with multi generations of healthy dogs - screening is very important with this breed.
While this is not a "new" breed - it is becoming more and more popular - drawing in more and more "bad" breeders :( and puppy mills situations. Also, unfortunately, it can be difficult finding a vet that is very familiar with the breed as well.
I believe on the Cavalier forum you will find more good stories than bad.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have more questions - I always love to chat about the dogs.
I hope your little one is doing well - I know how difficult it can be when a loved one is in pain.
Thanks again janet
***Edited By: Heritage on 5/5/2006 9:37:15 PM*** Reason: add