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I have not been around much except to read occasionally. We had a busy year after the death of my mother last summer. We have decided to finally get a friend for our Hav Tasha. After looking at some puppies we decided to get a Cavalier King Charles. There were other puppies that will be ready to go soon but we are waiting for the mother to give birth at the end of this month. She was just such a sweet dog we wanted one of her puppies. Plus we both think they are such beautiful dogs. If anyone has any first hand knowledge of the breed I'd be interested in your opinions. Here is a pic of an adult for anyone who isn't familiar with the breed.
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I would have loved one...They are beautiful, and have wonderful dispositions. Unfortunately, all my vet friends cautioned against the breed. They said that so many of them have heart problems that they are very likely to break YOUR heart.


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The breeder did tell us about heart issues but claims hers have not had any problems for as long as she's bred them. Still a good idea to do more research as we have a lot of time to change our minds. The breeder says they are easy dogs to own and as she gets older easy is nice.
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yep i also shyed away from cavaliers because of mvd and other heart issues.

my sister in law and parent in laws both have cavaliers and they are very sweet dogs that do extremely well with posh. meanwhile, they STINK! i cannot stand their stinky dog smell.

i had a bc and a dane before posh and now she's spoiled me with her non stinkyness.
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Sorry to read about your Mother's passing..... You have my sympathies.

Congrats on your new possiblity puppy. My Mom is a big fan this breed....but has a cocker. She also was afraid of the health issues. I think they have a pretty short life span because of stuff popping up? I remember reading or hearing that when a local breeder had sold puppies and had several "unhappy" owners who dogs had passed or had defects. I may be wrong...but I was thinking their life spans were in the 5-7 range? IDK......But I do hope should you decide to purchase one that you get the heathiest one you can!

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I have not been around much except to read occasionally. We had a busy year after the death of my mother last summer. We have decided to finally get a friend for our Hav Tasha. After looking at some puppies we decided to get a Cavalier King Charles. There were other puppies that will be ready to go soon but we are waiting for the mother to give birth at the end of this month. She was just such a sweet dog we wanted one of her puppies. Plus we both think they are such beautiful dogs. If anyone has any first hand knowledge of the breed I'd be interested in your opinions. Here is a pic of an adult for anyone who isn't familiar with the breed.
First, I want to say that I am very sorry that you lost your mother last summer.

I am VERY familiar with the breed. I was owned by a Cavalier King Chas. Spaniel for nine years. And yes, they have a wonderful sweet personality, and those big dark eyes look deep into your soul. My heart just melts every time I see one. BUT they have a lot of health problems and they can break your heart because of that. Mine did.

If you get one, you will have to be EXTRA CAREFUL choosing a top of the line breeder because of this. My boy, Simon, died two years ago. He had a number of health problems. He had diabetes and I had to give him daily shots of insulin. He had to eat a special diet, and be monitored frequently by the vet. He had a heart murmur and an enlarged heart. He had very severe hip dysplasia. He lived nine years, but the last two were very hard ones for both of us.

I loved him so much and didn't think I could ever love another dog as much as I loved him. My heart just breaks when I think about him. I bought him from someone who lived nearby based on a recommendation from another Cavalier owner. I met both Simon's parents and even his grandmother. They were beautiful, friendly dogs and all beautiful puppies but this was the owner's first time breeding. I didn't know then what I know now and I happily brought home this adorable tri-color puppy. Please learn from my experience and make sure both parents are health tested at the very least.

Otherwise, how lucky do you feel? Since then, I've learned a lot, most of it from reading this forum for the last year. I found out that Havanese are just as lovable as Cavaliers with a couple of nice big bonuses--they don't shed and they have a lot fewer health problems and thus they live longer.

As much as I loved Simon, my Cavalier, I'm totally in love with my 4-month old Havanese, Huggie. I went to some Hav play dates and dog shows and did a lot of research before I got him. All I can say is when I'm ready to add a playmate for him, it will be a Hav, not a Cav. If your heart is set on a Cav, just be really careful choosing your breeder and go into it with your eyes open to the health problems they are known for.

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I had also considered a Cav, because of their sweet disposition, but heard too much of their tendency towards heart problems to risk it. Since that time I've met a local puppy, and boy, does she have odor! Smells like a dog, and sheds like crazy.

I'll stick with Havs, too.

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yep i also shyed away from cavaliers because of mvd and other heart issues.

my sister in law and parent in laws both have cavaliers and they are very sweet dogs that do extremely well with posh. meanwhile, they STINK! i cannot stand their stinky dog smell.

i had a bc and a dane before posh and now she's spoiled me with her non stinkyness.
I didn't realize that they smelled bad... that would be a turn-off for me too. Do you think your in laws bathe them often enough?


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I have considered cavs as well. I know a few people with them who love them to pieces but that is a breed I would make sure everything was on offa and you had generations of health testing.

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I think they are adorable but was deterred from considering them due to the likelihood of health problems. I just didn't want to take the risk and it sounds like the risk of heart problems is extremely high with them.

I guess I'm in with good company. It sounds like we all shied away from the breed for the same reason.
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