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Welcome to our Breed Information Service.

A guide for Prospective "Cavalier" Owners

Advice on Buying a Puppy

Male or Female

Pet or Show


Breed Standard

Preparing to take your new Puppy Home

Your responsibilities


Health Issues

Recommended Reading

Your breeder should have given you a diet sheet and possibly a small supply of what ever food the puppy had been eating. this should list quantities and feeding times. As a young puppy develops the amount of food should increase.

In the first few days whilst trying to acclimatize to new surroundings a puppy may loose its appetite and often you will be tempted to try all sorts of food in desperation. A call to the breeder is the better course of action as they will often know exactly what that particular dogs favourites are. Remember he may have had to compete for attention at meal times, now on his own he has no reason to hurry his meal.

If the puppy is plump then it is eating enough, as a general rule puppies should be fed 3 times a day from 8 to 12 weeks and twice a day from then till they are between 9 and 12 months dependant on breeder preference.

An adult Cavalier should normally receive one meal per day or the same amount spread over two feedings. If the dog is getting fat are you offering too many tit-bits, remember the breed standard weight of 12 to 18 pounds although you are looking for a well balanced dog and some exceed those weights and are quite healthy. If your dog is pushing well into the 20 pound bracket then it may well be over weight and a candidate for associated health risks.

Raw vegetables are always well received but not the scraps from the table from the meal that you didn't finish yourselves. There are many good quality dog food manufacturers that spend a lot of time and expense on nutrition development so keep to them.

Clean water must always be available for the dog to drink.