Welcome to Dulce Cavaliers

Me, Dulce Cavaliers owner, and my 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: Snickers, Jazzmine, and Peanut

A little about me and my dogs...

My first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Peanut, a sweet tricolor boy, joined my family 2 years after the onset of my search for a Cavalier puppy. My home then consisted of me and my husband, David, who has since passed away, and 6 elderly cats. Peanut was and is delightful!. He trusts me completely - what an honor and a joy! I chose this breed because I read in a small library book while researching what dog breed would be a good match for my family that "Cavaliers get along well with other small animals in the home." Since the cats were here first, I thought this is the one for me! Now my life is Cavaliers! I have two of the elderly cats left, Abby and Katydid who still get along with my Cavaliers.

Snickers came to join us 2 years later from Linda Kornhi, a dedicated Cavalier breeder in Oregon (Quail Run Cavaliers). I felt Peanut needed a dog companion and as they say, you can't just have one Cavalier, something like potato chips. Snickers is the most quiet Cavalier I know. In fact, if I only had Snickers my neighbors wouldn't know I owned a dog. The same can NOT be said for Peanut! Snickers LOVES the cats. He licks them gently and wants to eat their whiskers if I'm not paying attention. The cats enjoy the attention. I'm not sure Snickers would be happy in a home without a cat! Both boys have earned their CGC, canine good citizen certifcate through AKC (American Kennel Club).

Peanut was 4 years old and Snickers 2 years old when David died. All I can say is I give these two little dogs credit for saving my sanity during all the grief that took place when my most important human left this earthly plane. This debt of gratitude guides my Cavalier breeding activities, always trying to do the best for the comforter spaniels. Anything less just wouldn't be right.

Jazzmine, my little princess, (aka Dallarock Mallory) came to me at one year of age through Judi Geldermann, a talented and hard working Cavalier breeder, Dallarock Cavaliers, Carmel, CA with the specific plan to start breeding Cavaliers in a few years. Judi has been a godsend to me in many ways, but primarily she's been my mentor during this adventure of breeding Cavaliers. My heartfelt thanks go to her for trusting me with one of her girls. There are so many factors to consider when undertaking a breeding: health, pedigrees, structure, temperament, and genetics, just to name a few. I've relied on those who have gone before me trying to build toward future successes. Heidi Mohn, Covington Cavaliers in Washington, was gracious enough to allow me to use her Champion Covington Maker's Mark aka Pierre for the first breeding. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Jazzmine's first litter of puppies was born April 4, 2009. Two were born naturally and two by c-section. Puppies are raised in my home, socialized to people, children, cats, noises, grooming, in general the human world we expect our dogs to live in. They are dogs, and are given time to be dogs, play, rough and tumble, as puppies do, until it's time they go to homes where I expect no less than they be cherished as a member of the family. What I hope you gather from reading this is dog breeding, and doing it well, is a labor of love and is not a solo activity, and I'm honored and feel grateful to those who have helped me on my way. Visitors are always welcome at DULCE CAVALIERS!

Dulce Cavalier puppies are registered with the CKCSC, USA (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the original breed parent club for Cavaliers) and the AKC.

Health testing on parents includes heart auscultation by a board certified veterinary cardiologist and eye exam by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist submitted to CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation). Hip and patella clearances are acquired through OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). Although health testing can not make any guarantees it prevents the use of dogs with obvious health issues.

Cavaliers come in four colors; Blenheim (bright chestnut-red markings broken up on white ground, usually with a white blaze between the ears), Tricolor (jet black markings broken up on white ground with rich tan markings over eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, inside legs, and underside of tail), Ruby (whole-colored, rich red) and Black & Tan (jet black with rich tan markings over eyes, on cheeks, inside ears, on chest, on legs, and underside of tail).

Cavaliers are sweet, very affectionate dogs, preferring to be with their human(s), no matter where, together is all that matters. They're snugglebugs and often demand sitting on a lap. However, they are a sporting dog too, They chase birds, small game, mice, bees, and butterflies, to name a few critters of interest. They bark, unless it's Snickers, and dig especially if left on their own in the yard for too long. Peanut took out my thyme hedge the first week we had him. He'd come in from the yard smelling of thyme, how lovely, but no matter how angelic he appeared, his "perfume" gave him up.

Although I'm just starting out, I have shown dogs still in my possession who placed in their classes, but my first champion has yet to come. Showing dogs is not just a beauty contest. Dogs are evaluated against their breed standard by qualified persons who judge dogs on temperament, breed type, structure, and health/condition. The show ring is also called the breeders' ring for a reason. A champion title is earned by a dog who accumulates enough wins/points to be considered an excellent specimen of the breed.

I have been a member of the CKCSC, USA since 2003, am also a listed CKCSC breeder as of 2012, and have been a volunteer staffing the health clinics often held at each show. I also belong to and am a listed breeder for the New Mexico Toy Group Club.

Questions? Contact us!

Rena Covell :: dulcecavaliers@gmail.com

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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