Sweet Dream Cavaliers - THE Perfect SMALL, Rare Breed FAMILY Companion! Our Dogs Live with Us in the comfort of Our Home, socialized and loved by our big family.
Most of your questions will be answered after reading through the entire website.
Before we show you some of the most adorable pictures of our cavaliers and what great companions they make. It's important to know What health tests were done and When. We do YEARLY BOARD CERTIFIED HEALTH EXAMS. The internet is a tricky place and there are a lot of slick people out there looking to make a fast buck at your and the pup's expense. Do your research. Google the Cavaliers of the North East and CKCSC-USA. Those are the PARENT sites for Quality Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. We are an ethical group of dedicated professional cavalier owners that love and care for our dogs and will help you in any way possible to find the perfect pup!!!
DON'T just fall in love with a cute face- your new pet's health is vitally important! Buying a "Bargain Internet", "Irish Import", Puppy Store" , "Amish Puppy Mill", Midwest pup that will be shipped to you, or "Backyard Breeder" Pup can cost you Many thousands of dollars in Vet bills, cause you and your dog a lot of pain to try and fix a sickly, misbred dog that may not even be a purebred cavalier!
A Quality Pet from a Code of Ethics Breeder is a treasured Family Member. A misbred, puppymilled animal is an emotional and financial heartbreak! Through out time, and being a member in good standing with the CKCSC-USA, and AKC, unknowing owners of puppymilled cavaliers, purchased from pet store, backyard breeders, irish imports, no pedigree papered pups, have called me up literally crying on the phone and telling me their individual horror story while spending thousands of dollars in vet bills for medications and all types of intense surgeries to try and save their beloved - puppymilled - new pet. After that awful experience, they realize they have been taken advantage of and call a reputable breeder to find a family socialized, healthy, loving, purebred cavalier. This happens everday - It is very sad for the dogs and owners - but true. At Sweetdream Cavaliers we strive to add a loving, friendly, healthy family dog to your life.
We pay scrupulous attention to health
details in our dogs.
Our Dogs have once again Passed their
Yearly Board Certified Cardiologist and
Opthalmology tests and are clear through
2017 - 2018. YAY! Our dogs are also
tested for patella luxation and any hip
abnormalities Yearly by a Chiropractor.
Our Dogs are also DNA tested to prove on
paper to You the consumer, they are full
fledged Cavaliers, not a designer mutt.
In addition we did NEW DNA tests that can
only be purchased from England! After
spending loads of additional money on our
dogs for these extra tests, (what's new!),
We are happy to Report that NONE of our
dogs have 1. Curly Coat, or Dry Eye
Syndrome OR 2. Episodic Falling Syndrome.
We are not afraid of testing. When we do
breed, we want to breed the best cavaliers
G-D has to offer. We are very diligent in
our breeding program and "seek out"
potential issues to produce the best
cavaliers G-D has to offer!
That's what dedicated breeders do!
Statistically, grouping all cavaliers together into one pool, (well bred cavaliers by breeders who test their dogs regularly down to unfortunate puppy milled, subquality animals). Approximately, 50% of all cavaliers will get a murmur by 5 years of age. This is not a death sentence for cavaliers. This is a common trait. Grades of murmurs go from 1-6. A dog with a low to medium grade murmur will likely show no signs, and will have a regular, LONG life. Your vet will be able to check your dog as it ages to see IF it gets a murmur. IF the murmur progresses to a very high number, a vet may put the dog on medication. Thankfully, None of Sweetdream cavaliers are on medications. To get a "BIGGER PICTURE" of things, EACH different breed of dog has "something" to worry about - it's life! A LOT of the other "SMALL" breeds of dogs have the same issue as cavaliers, and actually a lot more to worry about, because they are Never tested and you don't know what you are getting! But most of the other adorable small breeds of dogs and definitely "designer mutts" will NEVER be brought to a Cardiologist or Opthalmologist like we do. These unfortunate backyard breeder/puppy milled dogs, generation after generation get WORSE, NOT improved upon. We "LOOK" and want to see if there are issues, so we can breed any potential issues OUT! This is a passion for us, not a job, and we've done it well over 20 years.
A new Code of Ethics requirement from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club-USA and the Cavaliers of the North East, is that only "Board Certified" dog cardiologist, and Board Certified" dog ophthalmologist can give their stamp of approval on the heart and eyes (CERF) of cavaliers. We have always followed this protocol.
These health certificates can also be filled out by "Technicians" and regular "Vets", which is MUCH cheaper for a breeder to do - but can give Little to NO accurate information as to the true health of a dog. Just like with people - a specialist is required to rule out ANY problems.
At this point we own the classic Blenheim (sparkling white and red patches), and the expressive Tricolor (sparkling white with black patches and red markings). Each of our dogs are magnificently marked, have beautiful silky coats, and loving, large, dark, expressive eyes. They have champion lineage and are striking to look at !! We DO sell our Pups to families with Small Children. We discuss safety perameters with parents. Small children will naturally want to pick up, poke a puppy's eye or pull on a leg-tail or ear. Cavalier puppies are very small & gentle - so certain safeguards need to be taken to make sure the puppy is not played with like a beany baby. Constant Parental control and and proper gating are the keys - and we discuss this with all new poteitial buyers in detail. We NEVER sell to pet stores !
Their temperaments are stellar !! Playful, yet calm and loving. This great RARE Breed does not have aggressive issues, they were orginally and are still bred as a "companion dog". That's why they are amazing pets! They were not bred for hunting, catching rats, guard dog, etc.. So unlike most breeds, the male and females are equally desirable for temperament, training and family companionship. They are also very intelligent, have a real "giving" nature and live to please their family, and are easy to train in all disciplines.
The cavalier's coat (fur) in incredibly silky soft, long and lush. Puppies have their soft short fur, with long ears and big button eyes. Too adorable! Cavaliers stay "puppyish" for about 2 years, but over the next few years, their coats grown in long and lush - but stop when the dog is fully mature at about 3-4 years of age. They should not have dander problems is fed a high quality dry dog food. They can be bathed in the sink or tub with doggie shampoo and conditioner and towel dried in the summer and blow dried on "low" in the winter. Cavaliers are a "Low Maintenance Coated Dog", we call them wash & wear. They do NOT need expensive grooming which saves a lot of time and money. They do need to be brushed a few times a week, and do shed - but it is not needle fur like a Lab, and does not "become part of the comfy sofa fabric".
Puppies are babies - and need care and attention to stay a social, loving part of your family. Puppies eat 3 times a day with potty breaks through out the day. New owners MUST be willing to devote the time needed to properly care for a puppy. It's a lot of repeatative jobs of constant potty breaks for effective and quick potty training, and feeding during the DAY. If you work long hours and are not home to care for the puppy and do not have a plan in place to properly care for ALL the needs of a puppy, DO NOT consider getting ANY Breed of Puppy. Puppies should NOT be left home alone during the entire day and NEVER crated for any length of time greater than 2-3 hours. This is inhumane and you will train your dog to become extremely unhappy, loud, unsocialized and have a miserable life. We never sell to such people.
We are very selective to whom we sell to. We provide a lot of literature of proper crate training, potty & behavior training with each puppy. We help to make the novice and expert :)
At 8 weeks of age all our pups are given conformation and temperament evaluations. This is to insure a high standard of overall quality to our buyers. We also bring them all to our Vet for a VERY thorough health screening to make sure they are all super healthy for you. New owners, ofcourse, get a copy of all health certificates from the pup and parents.
Our Cavaliers are sold at 10 weeks of age. They come home to you with 1 puppy shot (a 5 in 1 shot). A lot of breeders don't tell their potential customers that your pup needs ALL of its puppy shots and rabies shot BEFORE it can be walked on public streets. If you have a back yard that is fine - but if you don't that means you will have to paper train your puppy in your home until the pup gets all his/her shots. How long will that take? Cavaliers nurse for an extra long time - about 6 - 6 1/2 weeks here. This extra attention, love and behavior training from the mother dog is essential. It also gives them extended immunity to 8 - 8 1/2 weeks which is when they get their first shot. The 2nd shot is given 3 weeks later, the third shot and Rabies 3 weeks later. Then you are finished until the pup is a year old. At one year of age, your pup just need a puppy booster and a rabies shot - that's it till the next year. So doing the math, if all vet appts. are on time, your puppy can walk on public domain at around 15-16 weeks of age. Why the precautions? If an uninnoculated dog poops, goes nose to nose with your dog, or throws up outside and your pup steps in it or licks it (it does not have to be fresh to be harmful) - your partially innoculated pup can get diseased or parasites. We have given many apartment dwellers the knowledge and product information needed to easily care for their puppies while going through this process. We can easily help you too.
The cavalier is known as the "dog for all seasons". They are equally happy in houses with yards or apartments in the city. They are great with the elderly, kids and everyone in between. They will be a loyal companion, but love everyone they meet. They are considered a "miniature breed" but are not yappy or frail. They can easily be taught to fetch or become an amazing therapy or agility dog.
Most of my Breeder friends with Cavaliers, (all of whom are quality, ethical breeders) sell their puppies from between $3,000-3,800+. We tend to sell our pups in the middle of that range. If you see a puppy on the internet or in the newspaper for less than that - Buyer Beware - IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY NOT A HEALTHY ANIMAL or Not a Purebred - they will probably not be a reputable breeder, have "real" pedigrees, do YEARLY health testing, answer your questions honestly without an attitude, being a member of an established club, not have the mother/parents available, etc... There are "no bargains" with a RARE breed dog. You get what you pay for. You can invest in a family pet that should give you years of happiness due to great breeding in temperment, health and beauty - that's who we are. OR - go the "bargain" route and be faced with significant illness and expense in surgeries and medications. We believe in providing a quality "family member" not a money pit pup.
If a rare breed dog is too pricy for you, PLEASE go to your local Shelter and save a Dog's life. There are many great mutts out there that need great homes!!