Many families choose to adopt from a neighborhood shelter or rescue; however healthy Cavaliers are frequently impossible to find since they are rarely surrendered. Once all other options have been exhausted in your search for a Cavalier puppy, it's time to determine what type of breeder you want to work with . . .
Many people are asked if they want to work with a "reputable breeder" or an "ethical breeder," but they have no idea what those terms mean or how to tell what type of breeder you may have already spoken with. We've seen many poorly bred puppies sold to unwary purchasers for the same price as or more than well-bred pups, so our first tip is simple - price alone is not an indicator. We hope this blog post will assist you in identifying the breeder you want to work with, have already contacted or may have purchased a dog from.
Even though we are aware that there are always exceptions to the rule, these three groups comprise the majority of breeders:
1. THOSE WHO CUT CORNERS FOR COST - Some breeders, often called "backyard breeders," - might not know any better. In contrast, others do know better but want to boost their profit margins by slicing costs associated with their breeding programs. These breeders can be recognized by their refusal to provide their dogs or puppies with any care that would be expensive. Breeders in this group frequently exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:
2. THOSE WHO OVERBREED - These breeders may come under Category #1 and overbreed their dogs as well (i.e., puppy mills), or they may present as respected breeders but overbreed their female dogs repeatedly to boost earnings. Always ask a potential breeder how many litters the female has had and how many she will have. These breeders often draw higher-quality buyers and have higher prices, but they disregard the best interest of the mother to maximize their profits. With regards to this particular breed, experts are in agreement that having more than four litters in a lifetime can be bad for the female's health and shorten her life.
3. BREEDERS WHO PRIORITIZE QUALITY OVER PROFIT - This is the gold standard in breeding and what the majority of customers are looking for. These breeders who don't have to breed their dogs to make money, they do it because they genuinely adore the breed or breeds and enjoy sharing them with carefully vetted families. Here are a few methods to recognize these breeders:
We hope that this blog post, together with our other resources, will assist you in identifying and locating the breeder you wish to collaborate with. Searching for the least expensive puppy, working with a broker or "rescuing a puppy" from the pet store are all risky propositions when purchasing a Cavalier. Should you need a referral to a breeder in your area, please check out our blog posts on recommended breeders or shoot us an email at JustALittleCavalier@gmail.com.
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