At Athercroft, we make every effort to match each puppy and graduate with the home that best suits its individual personality and needs. We remain available for guidance and support throughout your dog’s life and love to get frequent reports on all of our Athercroft placements.
Puppies. All of our puppies are born in and raised in the house, and continuously socialized with people and other pets. Our puppies are weaned no earlier than 10 weeks and fed the finest organic, hormone-free, corn-free diet available. All puppies are up-to-date on vaccinations and deworming. Before going to a new home, each puppy has been checked by our board-certified veterinarian. Each puppy is micro-chipped for permanent identification and registered to its new owners with AKC. To see available puppies, click here.
Graduates. We recognize that not every home environment is conducive to raising a small, toy-breed puppy. Young children may be too rough. Puppy teeth may be too sharp. Work hours may be too long. Whatever the reason, families are often happier with a youngster that has passed “kindergarten”. With our graduates, we have done much of the work in starting a young puppy toward a successful, happy life as a companion dog with basic training such as house-breaking, walking on lead, crate training and clicker-based obedience. To see available graduates, click here.
Health Considerations. As with all breeds of dogs (and mixed breeds, too), Cavaliers do have some health problems. All reputable breeders are fighting several health problems, the most common of which is mitral valve disease (MVD). Breeders will tell you that it is not a matter of “if” your Cavalier will develop MVD, but “when”. Almost 100% of Cavaliers will have a heart murmur by the age of 10; about 50% will have the onset of a murmur between ages 4-6. Some have an early murmur; some acquire the murmur late in life. Some will need regular medical treatment; others do not. There is no way to predict the future for any one Cavalier. In addition to MVD, some Cavaliers have had patella problems (slipping kneecaps), epilepsy, syringomyelia (SM) or hip dysplasia.
Reputable breeders actively strive to produce the healthiest dogs possible. All breeding stock should have clearances. This testing does not automatically produce puppies that will never have problems. As wonderful as cavaliers are, you must understand that you are taking a risk by falling in love with any dog. It is a risk that we definitely find well worth it!!
Want to inquire about one of our puppies?
We’d love to talk with you and learn more about how you see a cavalier fitting into your life. Please visit our contact page, and let us know. We’ll get back with you as soon as we can!