The first obvious difference between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy being placed into a companion pet home versus a show home is the price. Most companion pet puppies range in price from $2000 - $2500 and most show prospect puppies begin at $3000 and go up from there.
When a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder goes about deciding the placement of each Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy there are some considerations that must be taken into account. The ideal companion (pet) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy needs to go to a home that matches well with the puppy's temperament. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder must consider the general health of an adoptive family, the family members ages, the type of home and yard or walking arrangements required for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, the location of the home whether in a big city or out in the country, and then the lifestyle of the family as far as activity level and how often traveling will come into play. Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder is the only one who knows the real temperament of each puppy in their litter and you will need to place your confidence in the knowledge your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder has learned through previous placements of similar situations. Concentrate on the specific temperament of each Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy in the litter and allow your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder to help you find your family's perfect match.
The "show potential" Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is hard to predict. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder can only pick out what might be promising later on, but even the most seasoned Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder cannot state positively that a puppy is destined to become a champion. Charisma is one quality that must be developed as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy ages. All puppies will have structural weaknesses. The overall balance of the puppy as a whole is how a puppy should be looked at and not each individual fault. We begin evaluating each puppy upon birth and we take our time deciding which puppies to move forward with as far as possible show prospects. At this time we do not place show prospects at 10 - 12 weeks of age like we do our companion pet puppy placements. We have only placed a few show prospects over the years since we normally hang on to any prospects we produce here at Cruisin Cavaliers. The show prospects we have placed were placed past 16 weeks of age and some as old as a year. The older they are the more sure we can be about their potential so getting an older puppy is an advantage. Topline's can go array, muzzles can loose their fill, they can become too leggy, and even loose their bite. Owners can become overly worried during the rapid growth period of change and awkwardness all puppies go through during their development phase. Once they begin to come back into their own and the owner sees a glimpse of hope on the horizon the battle of coat not being long enough or the tail may be carried too high in a posturing position come into play. There are many other troubling situations which can set in not to mention the training that must be done. Creating a show dog doesn't really begin with purchasing a show prospect because the way a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is raised can influence the outcome of your show ring results.
Here at Cruisin Cavaliers we will place puppies into both companion pet homes and into potential show homes. We will not place puppies with open registration simply for future breeding. Often times we will retain co-ownership with open registration in order to help mentor our families if they are new to showing. If a show home comes along who has already obtained a championship title on a dog in the past then we are open to placing a puppy without co-ownership once we know the breeder and feel they too are doing the very best job they feel possible for the breed.
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Since we only breed a few litters per year we normally hang on to anything showing potential. Unless, you are already an experienced exhibitor of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels I strongly recommend all newcomers to acquire a male first. It is much easier to show a male and gain a title on a male dog. You will not have to contend with heat cycles and blown coats as much either. A breeder is more likely to sell you a better prospect if it is a male than a female because an experienced breeder isn't going to part with an exceptional female since exceptional females are the backbone of every breeding program. I also recommend you begin with a parti color (Blenheim or Tri Color) from a breeder who exhibits and can show multiple titled generations of their own kennel name in a pedigree. Whole colors a more challenging and many do not gain their titles until they are 3 or 4 years of age while many parti colors become champions around 2 years of age.
For more information about dog showing please visit our Dog Show Information page.