The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed, sometimes referred to as the Ruby or Blenheim Spaniel, is an extremely affectionate and playful dog.
Intelligent, patient and loyal, these little dogs are great with children and other household pets.
They require a great deal of attention and shouldn’t be left home alone for long periods of time.
This particular breed of Spaniel also has the tendency to develop a myriad of health problems, but don’t let this discourage you from choosing a Cavalier King
Each dogs lineage greatly affects their future health, and therefore these problems can be limited or eliminated all together with a little research into their background.
All things considered, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are an excellent breed for nearly everyone.
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Meet your Rescue Dog friend
So you’ve decided you want a new best friend, for you and your family?
You’ve done your research and you’ve decided you want a beautiful, playful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and you want a puppy. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a puppy? You scour the internet and classifieds looking for
Registered Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with traceable genealogy for sale by a certified breeder can range anywhere from $1000 to $2000, maybe even more. But never fear! Just when you think all hope is lost and the puppy of your dreams is out of reach, you find another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Meet Benji. He’s 3 years old. That’s 28 dog years!
His current home is at a local animal rescue group. Sure, he’s no longer a puppy, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be the pet you’ve been looking for all along.
So what’s to stop you from adopting Mr. Benji from the local rescue group and giving him the new forever home he’s been waiting for?
Rescue Dog Pros
Rescue dogs can be a true blessing in disguise.
Adoption fees from rescue groups, while a bit pricier than a regular animal shelter, tend to be cheaper than buying a new puppy($100-$400 for Benji, versus the $1000-$2000 for your new puppy in this case).
Rescue dogs also tend to be older, and therefore are more likely to be trained, saving you time and even more money that would come with training a new puppy not to use your sofa as a bathroom.
There’s also the chance you’ll get to know more about your new dog if you adopt from a shelter as well. If your new best friend has been at the shelter for a while, the workers there probably know the temperament of the dog, whereas with a puppy, you never truly know how they’ll grow up to act.
There are a few downsides to rescue dogs, but as before, don’t let that get you down!
Rescue Dog Woes
Rescue dogs typically have an unknown background which means you can’t be sure of Benji’s genealogy or potential health issues.
Benji could also have a few behavioral issues that you might have to work through, not unlike a new puppy.
Rescue groups also tend to have more uncommon breeds, which would explain why you found Mr. Benji here.
They also neuter their dogs, and while this isn’t necessarily bad, some people like to raise puppies of their own.
A good rescue group may also have very strict guidelines and regulations for adopting their dogs. This is because they are very serious about sending their dogs to a good, loving home where they will be properly looked after and taken care of, this may mean they insist on completing a home visit. At the very minimum, expect some intense questioning.
The biggest concern recommending a rescue dog would be if you have small children or a baby in the house. No matter how timid a rescue dog may appear you can never be sure of their past. We would always suggest avoiding a rescue dog in these circumstances.
Why a Rescue Dog may just be perfect
Now you know all of the facts, you’ve done your research on Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, you found Mr. Benji at a local rescue group and learned all you could about the pros and cons of rescue dogs.
While you may have originally wanted a puppy, Benji is still a beautiful, loving dog that will bring years of joy and happiness to you and your family, for a fraction of the price of a new puppy.
Should you get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue dog? Absolutely.
If your circumstances allow. Benji will love you for it. And so will your wallet.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for Adoption
Please note, while Benji may be a fictional Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Dog, the images used in this post are of a Spaniel who at the time of writing was available for rehoming from the great people at https://www.animalhouseshelter.com/