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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Wendell & Cindi Rackler
Oklahoma, USA

Est. 2005

Black & Tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy

Caring for a new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy

When you first get your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy home your new puppy will miss its litter mates and familiar surroundings of my house the first few days. Your puppy may cry off and on which is very normal. I try not to pick up the puppies when they are crying because it will teach them to cry in order to get picked up. Your new puppy should only cry the first night or two and then will begin to settle into your new surroundings.

Once you have taken your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy home you will need to schedule an appointment with your vet when their next puppy shot is due. Be sure and take the shot record with you so your vet can record the information on their chart. Be sure to read our page on vaccinations especially the section on Leptospirosis and corona so you can ask the receptionist at the vet clinic when you are making your appointment about whether their puppy shots include lepto and/or corona. You want to avoid both if possible.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may need to have their teeth cleaned by a veterinarian. Oral hygiene has been linked to health. When teeth are cleaned by a veterinarian they are put under anesthesia. WARNING: Make sure you always use toothpaste made for dogs only because people toothpaste is poisonous for dogs. A child's soft toothbrush or I use the toothbrushes for electic toothbrushes. Tarter can form on teeth after 24 - 48 hours just like human teeth so brushing your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's teeth each night before bedtime is going to give your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the best protection. If you cannot do it daily then try weekly. If you cannot do it weekly then you will need to keep a close watch on the back molars because over time they will turn brown and this can lead to health issues not to mention causing them pain when they eat. I do give my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels baby carrots, celery, broccolli and apples every few days and have found these vegy's really help to control the tarter buildup naturally.

Allow your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy to have his own designated area whether it be a crate or some type of enclosure. A very inexpensive enclosure idea I have used is to buy particle board already cut and ready to purchase at Home Depot for around $7 each. I hook together 4 boards in a square shape using zip ties also found at Home Depot for a couple bucks. The boards are 3 feet by 2 feet high, which gives plenty of room to add a litter box, bed, an area for water bowl and room to walk around a bit. I have tile floors and just place a towel down to help add easy footing that can be washed in the washing machine. It is nice having the litter box just in case they need to go potty, but for the most part I take them outside regularly.

Particle Board enclosure for puppies

We recommend spaying or neutering a puppy after 12 months. Our Health Guarantee states specifically that our guarantee is for the first year through each puppy's first birthday and they cannot be spayed or neutered prior to 12 months or the guarantee is null and void once spayed or neutered prior to 12 months. Puppies produce hormones and one of the hormones produced regulates the overall size your puppy will grow into. If altered early and the growth hormone is cut off and your puppy will most likely grow into a larger adult than if the growth hormone is still intact and is able to cut off the growth at the time the genes are scheduled to shut off the growth. Puppies need their hormones during the growth period for structural soundness and early altering could hamper the structural outcome of your puppy as an adult. Growth plates do not close until closer to 12 months of age and as long as your puppy is still growing he needs to have his hormones intact in order to stay as structurally sound as possible. It is wise for all females to experience one heat cycle. Heat cycles can happen anywhere from around 7 months all the way up 12 months, so you will just need to keep an eye on your girl until she has completed her first cycle. Cycles last for 3 weeks, but the discharge is more around day 3 through day 15 and then the discharge begins to lighten up. Your girl is not fully safe until she has gone through the entire 3 weeks so during this time you will need to keep her away from any intact dogs. They sell panties at Petco and PetsMart and you can put a panty liner inside to keep things clean during her cycle.

Ruby Cavalier King Charels Spaniel Puppy

Choosing toys for our canine friends can be very tricky. Unlike children's toys that come with choking hazards and age appropriate labels to help parents choose safe toys for their children, dog toys do not have warnings and should. I try to purchase toys with very little stuffing.

WARNING: Toys with stuffing...when destuffed...can cause a blockage in the intestines and could become fatal.
WARNING: Toys made of rubber...tiny bits are chewed off and swallowed and can also cause blockage in the intestines and could become fatal.
WARNING: Rope toys...bits of the rope always wind up in stools, so this too could be a risk unrealized until too late.
WARNING: Children's stuffed animals have fire retardant stuffing and when swallowed it becomes gel-like similar to gum and then expands and can be fatal to dogs if ingested. Only give your puppy toys that are made for dogs.


Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy