A family friend is thinking about getting a Cavilier for his 62 year old mom. I met the pup today, and he is rather hyper. He is 5 months old, and looks very healthy. However, I'm not sure whether or not his mom can handle a little puppy. He was aloso considering a 14 month old Cavilier also. First of all, is a Cavilier a good choice for his mom? I know that they are very sociable, and very sweet dogs, but are there any hidden downsides to them? Also, should they go with the 14 month or the 5 month old?
First, Just make sure their family members have been tested for the heart defect MVP. Other than that the cavalier is the best dog! I have one who is 6 months old right now and he isnt hyper at all he is the friendliest, most lovable dog I have ever met. When I take him on a walk and he meets new people he just lays down on his back to get his belly rubbed. I cant say enough about the breed, The older one might be easier only because it is probably house broken which is one less thing you have to train the puppy to do. I would def suggest the dog! If you have any other questions let me know!
The King is in the rare breed category and although they are wonderful pets i have to agree that the younger dog would not be a wise choice for an elderly woman. Being sure she really wants it would be a major concern in my mind also. I have found alot of well meaning people who think that is just the thing only to find it outside on the patio or in the yard alone because the folks they bought it for cannot take care of it.
The Cavalier King Charles is not considered in the rare breed group - however, the King Charles (aka English Toy) is. Health conditions to consider are MVD, Patellas, and cateracts - these are the 3 most common defects in the CKCS.
They are a wonderful dog - being bred and used as a companion dog - often referred to as couch warmers.
If you are looking for a pet for an older person I would suggest that you contact the Cavalier rescue as I am aware of several for adoption currently.
Second I would consider the 14 month old - young puppies are often underfoot and can easily be stepped on and hurt or may even trip and injure an elderly person.
Please be careful as while there are many wonderful breeders - this breed tends to have its share of very very bad breeders and with the health conditions that this breed has poor breeding has made many of these conditions much too common.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions - I have been raising and showing cavaliers for several years and always love to share information.
I would be extremely careful of buying any dog that comes from untested parents. Not only are Cavs prone to cardiac problems, they are prone to both hip dysplasia and patellar luxation, thyroid problems, and eye problems. Expect to pay somewhere around $1500 for a pet quality dog from tested parents. Anything cheaper may cause you a million dollars in heartache and vet bills.
I agree that rescue is a good idea. There are lots of available dogs on the site.