If you’re in the process of choosing a new dog to add as a member of your family, you know how exciting and how stressful it can be. If you’ve chosen to get a new Cavalier King Charles spaniel, there are unique considerations for choosing a healthy purebred puppy. Luckily, we have made a list for you of five tips for looking at King Charles puppies.

Choosing Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy

Finding a reputable breeder or King Charles spaniel rescue organization should take you the most time and consideration. You want to make sure you are supporting responsible and ethical practices. Read on for five tips on choosing your new King Charles puppy.

1. Find A Responsible Breeder

Unfortunately, not all King Charles spaniel breeders will follow ethical practices. You want to avoid choosing from a breeder who uses a limited gene pool for their litters. You also want to make sure the breeding facilities or homes are kept clean and that all dogs are well-fed and watered. Do not be afraid to ask questions about certification from organizations like the AKC (American Kennel Club).

2. Meet Your King Charles’s Parents

A responsible breeder will be able not only to show you a litter of puppies, but also that the mother and father are being treated well in their care. Your puppy’s parents should also give you a good idea of your King Charles’s behavior, temperament, color, and overall health. If you can, get health records on not only the parents, but the grandparents of a particular litter.

3. Check The Vet Records

Your breeder should take their King Charles puppies for their first checkup and vaccinations at around 6 weeks of age. A breeder should be able to give you medical records, vaccination records, and any comments on the litter from their veterinarian.

4. Check For A Potbelly

A puppy with a potbelly and visible ribs may be dealing with worms. While this is a treatable condition, it could be a sign that the puppy’s mother was not treated very well during her pregnancy. It could also mean these King Charles puppies are not living in sanitary conditions.

King Charles Puppies

5. Check Their Eyes And Ears

A healthy King Charles puppy should have bright, clear eyes and sweet-smelling ears. Don’t be afraid to check in their ears for waxy buildup or signs of ear infection. Cloudy eyes with lots of discharge may mean your King Charles will develop blindness.

King Charles Puppies

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