Looking at small breeds, and wanting a fur baby (it has been a year since I had to put my baby to sleep- I think I am ready to try again) that is KNOWN for being a companion dog, and having a sweet disposition. Have any of you had the pleasure of having one in your family?
There are several small breeds that I would prefer not deal with, but this seemed the logical choice after my research. Wondering if there are any health problems that are indicative of that breed. I know there were with Pom Poms but didn't find that out until AFTER I had gotten my baby.... Just curious.
Any Other small breeds that do not shed that you would recommend? (not chihuahua!!)
Answer by AprilDJC at 11:36 AM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by gammie at 11:40 AM on Feb. 2, 2010
Answer by huntannakay at 11:45 AM on Feb. 2, 2010
I have two cavaliers-both are rescues. They are wonderful dogs and are great with the kids too. they are very friendly with everyone and pretty easy to train. The grooming is not much. I brush them once about every other day and don't have excessive shedding or a need to clip them. As far as health problems they have two MAJOR issues. They have a heart valve problem and eye problems. Almost 90% of the breed will die due to congestive heart failure at an earlier age than most other small dogs. This is something you need to be aware of when looking for a puppy. Do NOT get one from a pet store/puppymill/backyard breeder. Find a good breeder that has cardiac checks done on the parents every year-including echocardiograms. The breeder should also have the parents' eyes and knees certified by a vet. If the breeder does not have this paperwork or will not show you-go somewhere else. CONT
Answer by Carajust at 12:34 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
CONT-They are not by any means an easily found or cheap dog. If you find one less than $1200-1500 I would question the breeding stock. They are so expensive bc the health care and testing for the parents is not cheap. Now having said all of that......they have got to be the best dogs on earth-if you like little dogs. I have had many dogs and have a dachshund and a yorkie now as well as my two cavaliers and I absolutely LOVE cavaliers. They are very attached to their people and so can have separation anxiety if you are not home most of the day, or have another dog. They are wonderful lap dogs and so sweet and cuddly. If you have any specific questions please pm me. I know all about the breed and how to find a good breeder.
Answer by Carajust at 12:44 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
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