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Kissabella Cavaliers - please scroll down to read more..

Potential Buyers

Arabella_smallWe  breed very selectively only to obtain our next show potential.  However, occasionally we may have puppies available for approved pet homes.

Please read about our philosophy and see if this is something that speaks to you. We would like to make sure there a mutual match between your and our expectations.

 

Since Cavaliers are the happiest when they are with their people, we are looking for loving families that want and can spend time with their dogs.

 

We want our puppies to live not only happy but also healthy lives and we believe that there are 3 important elements to make sure they stay healthy long time: genes, nutrition and hormones when they grow.  We do what we can to select  healthy parents (health tested) with good health history behind them hoping that they will pass good genes.  The nutrition and and not depriving them hormones before they mature are in your hands.  Please read more about it in point 2 and 3.

 

1) Introduce yourself, your family, tell us about your home, your life style and everything that affect the future puppy life..

Since we treasure our puppies, we want to make sure that we find them great homes for them.  We also want to make sure that we match a puppy personality to your life style – so the puppy is also a perfect match for you. This is why we want to know more about you, your family and your other past and current pets.

If you contact us, please make to sure provide us with as much information about yourself as you can.

We also would like to meet you and all family members before making commitments. That visit will allow you to get to know us and our dogs, see our house and the conditions our dogs live in.

 

 

2) Nutrition

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This is something we are very passionate about. We feed our dogs fresh raw diet as we believe that healthy nutrition is the way to long healthy life. Geneticists now admit that environment (including nutrition) is equally responsible for dog’s development and health as the genes are.

 

The alternative – dry food (kibble) – is a highly processed food that can last years. It’s because the processing and chemicals preserve it so well. It also mean that it’s very unhealthy. Kibble is a mix of  starches (min 50%) and meat products.

– Meat products in the kibble are extruded and cooked for hours which makes them very hard to digest.

– Starches (wheat, rice, potato, sweet potato, barley, millet, peas all flours) are very high in sugar.  That causes insulin overproduction and inflammation in the body.  It’s fully document by various research in humans that inflammation caused by sugars is what slowly destroys dogs organs.  Starches are used as binders of the meat and are not digestable by dogs.  They also bind the stomach content and are expelled without providing much nutrients.  Plant protein from those starchy veggies is very difficult for kidney to process.

 

We feel that because Cavaliers may have genetic issues with hearts (MVD) keeping them inflammation free is crucial.  Many of them have sensitive stomachs, IBD, pancreatitis, allergies  – which in most cases are caused by the inflammation fueled by starch in kibble.  This is why our dogs and puppies are only fed high quality raw diet (90% of fresh meat content) and we experienced first hand huge positive changes in our dogs look, behavior and health since on this diet.  Our puppies are weaned only on raw diet.

 

Feeding raw diet is not difficult as there are a lot of very good pre-made foods – they come frozen or dehydrated and very easy to serve.

Brand we use and recommend are: Answers (grass fed, grass finished), K9 Natural (grass fed, grass finished).

Other brands that we like but don’t feed are: Primal, Stella and Chewy, Steve’s, Vital Essentials, Instinct, Small Batch.

 

If you would like to learn more, please check here a series by Dr Karen Becker on Raw Food, Dog Origin, Truth on the Dog Food and Myths on Raw Food (you don’t need to sign up to read a full article, just close the prompting window):

Raw Food – Part 1

Raw Food – Part 2

Raw Food – Part 3

 

We are looking for families who can commit to raw of freez dried raw diet.  If you are not interested or don’t consider a raw diet, please contact other breeders as we would not be willing to offer you our raw fed puppy.

 

3) No Early Spaying/Neutering

We believe that early spaying/neutering is detrimental to dog’s health.  Science and common sense shows that lack of hormones, especially in early age, causes serious health and growth issues.  Issues with skeleton development, hip dysplasia, bone cancer, prostate cancer, growth of the leg bone 2 inch higher than normal, heavy and wooly coat  – and many others – theses are consequences of spaying/neutering puppies before they reach their maturity.

 

This is why we request our puppy buyers  not to spay/neuter their puppy before he/she is 18 months.

Here is the link to read more:

Early Spay Neuter: 3 Reasons to Reconsider

Long Term Risks Associated with Spay Neuter in Dogs

Spay/Neuter Considerations

Danger of Early Spaying/Neutering by Dr Becker

 

Please also understand that while we don’t want our puppies to be neutered/spayed early, your puppy will be sold as a pet and cannot be bred in the future.

 

4) Consider Health Insurance

In NYC metro area, the veterinary services are very expensive and we highly recommend to get a pet insurance from a reputable company. Your vet bills may be as high as $10,000 if your pet needs a surgery or any special treatment.

One of the best insurances on the market is Trupanion http://trupanion.com/.  It pays 90% of the cost after life time deductible for each condition and you can choose how much deductible.  They don’t exclude genetic conditions.

 

5) Learn about Health Issues in Cavaliers

We would like all our future puppy owners to be aware about the most important health issues that can happen in our breed. Please note that those conditions happen in many other breeds – regardless, we want you to be aware about them.

 

MVD – Mitral Valve Disease is a progressive heart disease where the mitral valve is not closing correctly, allowing the blood flow to go into wrong direction. While many breeds (and humans too) especially small, get this disease in older age, it may happen earlier in the Cavaliers.  The fact is that most of Cavaliers will get MVD at some point of their life so it’s not a question of if, but a question of when. The main goal is to eliminate early onset (below 5 year old) and have those wonderful dogs live long and comfortably.

This is why we  test our dogs annually (and before breeding) by the Board certified cardiologists to make sure that we don’t have early MVD onset. We also seek stud dogs that are tested and we do research the health history of their ancestors.

Here is a fully detailed article explaining more: Mitral Valve Disease

 

SM – Syringomyelia is a disease where cavities are formed in the spinal cord. The origin of this condition is not known. Some scientists believe that it can be caused by inflammation and collagen issues.  But most believe it’s caused by Chiari Malformation (CM) which is a malformation of the occipital bone hidden deep in the head. That bone has a dent in it that then pushes the brain down into the opening of the skull.  It is believed that the part of the brain that’s pushed down called Cerebellum is too big for a Cavalier.

Research on 866 dogs shows that 98% of Cavaliers have that malformation (2013 Dr Paul Mandigers). It is unknown why some of the Cavaliers then will develop SM and some won’t.

While most of Cavaliers may never get any symptoms of SM, some will have them. The most common symptoms are scratching, and sometimes a neurological pain.  Usually, this condition can be controlled by medication.   It can only be diagnosed by MRI under general anesthesia.

 

Because of the risk of anesthesia (and known cases of losing a healthy dog while doing  MRI test), unknown genetic mode, and the fact that most of Cavaliers would scan with SM but never have symptoms, MRI scanning hasn’t been widely used in the US yet. Breeders have been focusing on  breeding dogs that are symptoms free and at least at the age of 2.5 years old.

Please read more about SM here: Syringomyelia

 We currently do not have any puppies for sale

What to Expect from us

Puppies-eatingEach Kissabella puppy will leave our home not earlier than at 11-13 weeks of age and with:

– Contract stating our requirements, expectations & obligations

– 1 puppy shot set based on Dr Dodd’s recommendations, vaccine schedule and vet records
– Limited AKC and CKCSC registration paperwork (it means you cannot breed your dog)
– Copy of  pedigrees and health clearances for both parents, signed by specialists
– CKCSC USA Code of Ethics and membership  application
– Care and feeding instruction, proposed daily routine

– Goodie Bag including:

- A box of biologically appropriate raw dog food that your puppy has been fed

- A few of safe toys and a bully stick ( that we would give to our own dogs)

- A bed or a blanket with home scent on it

- A leash and a collar

- Ongoing support in future – we are always there for you and your dog!

 Puppy Room

Please have a look at our puppy room. As our puppies grow we change the type and the size of the puppy pen so the puppies have more space. We also teach them to potty when they start eating solids – around 5 week old.  All this time they spend a lot of time with us and our visitors provide them with a lot of socialization. Everybody loves playing with Cavalier puppies so we have many visitors during these times!

Puppy whelping penThis picture shows our puppy room ready for new babies – this configuration allow us to help the mom with delivery and then taking care of new babies. Of course, we spend there 24/7.

 

 

 

 

When puppies are 2 weeks we remove a whelping box and make a pen bigger – more comfortable for the mom and puppies

 

 

 

 

When the puppies start to run we move them to the “big puppy” pen. They have much more space to run and play and they learn to sleep in a crate when their mommy is having a break. This is also when we teach them to potty in the litter box. Around this time we take them for their first runs in a yard in special puppy area.

 

 

 

Puppy Pen 8 weeks upWhen they are reaching  7-8 weeks we reconfigure the puppy pen to meet the needs of the little pack. The bathroom area is added and it’s not anymore in the middle of the “play ground”