From the Whelping Box
We just breed for ourselves, so puppies are rare and very special. Puppies are started out in our bedroom, and I stay with them 24/7 to make sure everything is going just right until they are five weeks old. We are just like mother hens to these little ones. At five weeks they need a lot more room, so they move to the puppy pen in our dog room, which is also our sunroom. We pretty much live in there, so our puppies are still with us most of the time. Puppies are all litter box trained, and we begin our adventures outside after first shots to start potty training, time permitting.
Throughout their time with us, we will continuously monitor their health and well-being. I do fecal exams for parasites 2-3 times over the course of 10-12 weeks, and periodically worm them. Luckily, we almost never have had any intestinal parasites in any of my dogs, but I do this preventatively just in case, as it is best practice to do this. Puppies not destined for the show ring will have one or two rounds of DAPP shots, and are eligible to go home at about 11-12 weeks old.
We work very hard at our breedings - looking for just the right boy for our girl. We rigorously test our stock and get at least their heart, eye and DNA clearances, and hips as well. All sires must also provide their health certifications to us as a part of the process of selecting a sire. We will provide copies of our certifications from veterinary specialists for every puppy placed in a show home as well as their full health records, pedigrees and registration information, puppy instructions, supply lists and a wealth of reading material on your new Cavalier puppy. We also provide a health certificate from our veterinarian indicating that our puppy is healthy and free from any known diseases, and we provide a one year health guarantee with all of our puppies.
Many people inquire about puppy cost. In SC, most of the responsible show breeders charge around $3,000 - $3,500 for a high-quality puppy. Some puppies may be more expensive due to factors related to breeding costs and the stature of the Sire and/or Dam in the show world, but few are less. I'm pretty consistent with that cost structure in this area. I ask for a $1,000 fully refundable puppy deposit to hold the puppy. The deposit is refundable up to the day you collect your puppy in case of a change in circumstances. Alternatively, if I am rehoming a retired show dog or Dam, there will be a rehoming fee, but such fees are nominal and include the cost of her spay and teeth cleaning (if needed), booster shots (if needed). I typically take care of those things when she is still with me as it will be much less stressful if she is in her home environment during recovery.
Our focus on ethical breeding practices, health, socialization and temperament as well as our health guarantee and a lifetime of my support hopefully gives our pet families some comfort that they are getting a wonderful puppy from us with all the best qualities inherent in the Cavalier breed! We encourage our prospective puppy parents to visit us so that you can meet our dogs, see the puppies and assess our environment. We want you to be comfortable that we've raised our puppies in the best possible circumstances and with the best possible care.
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