Below are some frequently asked questions that we are asked. If you have another question that is not on this list then please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704.990.8030.
Questions in dark green are our most common questions!
1. What makes Recherche Cavaliers different for every other breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
“Recherche” is a french word that means “rare, sought out, choice.” We choice that word very carefully because we didn’t just want to be average. Maybe our greatest strength is our constant pursuit for perfection. We are constantly learning, listening and growing as breeders and trainers. Our kennel is more “recherche” than it’s ever been because of this pursuit. The 2 main distinctives that sets us apart are the quality of our Cavaliers and the quality of our program. Please visit our About Us page for many more details.
Quality of our Cavaliers: Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are some of the healthiest Cavaliers in the world. We have chosen to import all of our Cavaliers from Europe because of their greater genetic diversity and longer quality breeding practices. We spare no expense in getting the best Cavaliers with show titles and more importantly health clearances. Each of our adults have their heart, hip, eye and patella clearance to breed and meet all qualifications to be CHIC certified. Each of our pups even come with a very good and long 4-year warranty to protect your investment just in case.
Quality of our Program: Recherche Cavaliers believe that whatever we do, it should be done to the best of our ability. We have done everything in our power to make us the most professional, most detailed and most complete program in the world. The most obvious area is in our Puppy Training Institute. We have a staff of 14 high-quality team members that are former vet technicians, former kennel operators and current competitor dog trainers that enable us to have the healthiest and best puppies possible. We pay our employees well so they will stay with us and help us produce incredible pups.
We have over 6000 square feet of professional, clean, AKC inspected and certified facilities. Our facilities are designed to allow us to produce healthy and well trained Cavaliers. There is no expense that we haven’t spared to make our program better. We have a 4-acre lake built where we train our pups to swim. In every area imaginable, we strive to be the best.
We provide our clients with updates, videos, professional pictures and training information. We are always improving and with every litter, we get better and better. The detail of our website is a small representation of how professional we treat this calling. We love what we do and are so blessed to be able to do what we love to do.
We are very organized and really do listen to what our clients want. We are here to serve and provide the best family members to the best families in this country. Combine the quality of our pups with the quality of our program and you have a one-of-a-kind kennel….Recherche Cavaliers.
2. What does it mean to 'socialize' a puppy?
Puppies go through a critical period of socialization between five and twelve weeks of age. During this period of time they mature very rapidly. If isolated from external stimuli and not exposed to the outside world, they can grow up to be fearful adult dogs. Litters of puppies raised in an isolated location such as a barn, a garage or a dog kennel often have little exposure to humans except those feeding them.
If puppies never leave their confined, isolated quarters where they have been raised, they may never experience any external stimuli such as automobiles, strangers, loud noises or children running and playing. If puppies are not socialized at an early enough age, it makes little difference if they have been raised by a breeder, a private family or in a vacant building; the outcome will usually be the same.
Puppies that receive little or no human handling between the ages of five and twelve weeks of age often remain fearful when exposed to new situations. Meeting their new family for the first time, the car ride to their new home, their first trip to the vet, and meeting children, strangers or other dogs for the first time can be extremely frightening for these puppies. How does Recherche Cavaliers get our puppies socialized so they grow up to be well-adjusted, adult dogs that are comfortable meeting strangers, children and other dogs? The key is to make sure our puppies get exposed to everything they may ever be exposed to during their lifetime, while they are very young.
Once again, the critical age of socialization is between five and twelve weeks of age. If not exposed to new situations during this critical period, your puppy may always be fearful when exposed to new things in the future. Recherche Cavaliers consistently have the puppies interact with strangers and our other adult dogs. They are not confined in a cage for 24 hours a day. They are raised in our home and handled consistently by us and by several people. Charity is a piano teacher and because of that every puppy is handled by many curious and careful children. Every puppy is accustomed to hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, automobiles, pianos and other loud noised by the time they leave Recherche Cavaliers.
3. Would a 12 + week old Cavalier have a hard time bonding with their new family?
No. There are 2 main reasons why this is not a worry. First, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most socially strong and easily bonding breeds in the world. Many people say Cavaliers are loyal but the truth is that they are loyal to the human race! Cavaliers should never be thought of as a true watchdog because they will bond with strangers naturally.
Secondly, is because one of our main pillars of the Puppy Training Institute is socialization. Each puppy is taken on field trips weekly. They are taken to be handled by children, men and women. They are put in many stressful situations and worked with professionally so they can adjust. We also have a large staff of people that work with the Cavaliers daily so they aren’t comfortable with only one person.
4. Are you on Facebook?
Yes! Facebook is a great way for us to keep everyone posted quickly as well as post many extra pictures. Also, being friends will also give you the opportunity to post pictures, comments and questions. That way, we can truly be a “life-time of support.” CLICK HERE to request to become a “fan.”
5. How does the puppy selection process work?
Puppies are picked in order of deposits received. We do not require our buyers to select their puppy until they are 6 weeks old. This gives the puppies time to develop physically and emotionally. Every puppy from birth is marked with a separate colored collar so that we can observe and note the personalities of each puppy as they are growing. By 6 weeks of age they have enough of a distinct personality to share with the buyers.
Though we have never had a “bad” puppy in a litter there are still distinct personality traits that some buyers desire. We give personality descriptions and distinctions of each puppy using our own scoring system that we called the “Recherche Score.” We have trained hundreds of puppies. With our extensive experience we have found that there are 3 distinct difference in every puppy. We score each puppy on a scoring system numbering 1-10. The 3 distinct areas are Independence, Activity & Maturity.
The Independence score gives puppies a score based on how independent and dependent they are. A dependent puppy always wants to be around you at all times. An independent puppy doesn’t. There’s are pros and cons to both and we score each puppy based on how independent/dependent they are.
The Activity score scores a puppy based on how active they are. The two extremes are a very shy puppy and a very hyper puppy. Your puppy is scored based on where they fall.
The last score is a Maturity score. That doesn’t mean intelligence as it is very difficult to determine intelligence at only 5 weeks of age. It will though score the pups based on how mentally mature they are. The faster they mature mentally typically the easier they are to train. Once we accumulate the “Recherche Score”, we give the results to the first pick of the males and first pick of the females. Once they make their choice we go down the line based on which buyer placed their deposit first. Pictures and/or videos are posted of the litter at 1 day old and every other week until puppy pickup on our Available Pups page.
6. Is your dog registered and if yes, to what registry?
Yes. Our dogs are dual registered with the American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of their country of origin. Information about the AKC can be found on their website. The AKC (American Kennel Club) is the only registry that Recherche Cavaliers would recommend buying a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from in the US. Many of the others do not have the standards that AKC have.
Buyers receive a copy of their limited registration AKC paperwork when they pick up their puppy. The final copy will be mailed to the buyer after we receive proof of spay/neuter. Each of our Cavaliers have had their DNA Profile completed with the AKC. This may be seen on each individual dogs webpage.
7. What is the difference between 'limited' registration and 'full' registration?
Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration. A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration shall be ineligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. These events include: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog.
Breeding is a very complicated and serious decision. So many people have decided to breed dogs because of the financial benefits. An ethical breeder does not breed to make income- they breed to advance only the healthiest Cavaliers to the happiest homes.
Hip Dysplasia and many other eye and heart diseases have been spread by irresponsible breeders. Because of the intense dedication it takes to breed appropriately, 99% of our pups will only be sold as pets. BEWARE of any breeder that is willing to advertise selling FULL registration to ANYBODY that pays extra. Once again, that breeder is not breeding for the betterment of the breed but simply for profit.
As a rule of thumb, if a breeder is breeding for profit then they will cut-corners in every way possible to save money.
8. What health clearances do your dogs have?
Each of our Cavaliers have had their hips checked by the OFA/ PennHip or the BVA (British Veterinary Association). They also have been checked by an canine ophthalmologist yearly and a cardiologist/veterinarian yearly and have been cleared with the OFA. Lastly, they will also all have their patellar luxation examination and OFA clearance to breed. These are the required tests to be given the highest certification available for Cavaliers….CHIC. For individual information please see their individual web pages.
9. What kind of puppy food do you feed your pups?
What we put into our dogs is as important as what we put in ourselves. For this reason, Recherche Cavaliers have taken seriously what puppy food is the best for our puppies. We do not feed our pups food that can be bought from Wal-mart. We feed our puppies the highest rated dog food according to DogFoodAnalysis.com which is TLC Whole Life Puppy Food. In fact, we like it so much, we extend you warranty from 1 year to 4 years if you use TLC along with NuVet & NuJoint.
Please take the time to read why we chose TLC over all the other dog foods by clicking HERE.
10. Can we come and visit your dogs and see your facility?
YES! This is a very commonly asked question that is asked of breeders. The answers that are given by other breeders quite frankly are shocking. Many breeders refuse for you to visit their kennel until the pups are 6 weeks old. By that time the buyer has already committed emotionally and financially to that breeder. Recherche Cavaliers understands that parvo and other diseases are a very serious threat.
On the other hand, simple precautions can be made to eliminate the threat. We ask that if you choose to visit Recherche Cavaliers please do not visit another kennel before hand. Also, please try to stay away from any unfamiliar dog just in case they have any diseases. Many breeders hide behind trying to protect their dogs from hiding their facilities. American Kennel Club recommends that you find a breeder who has nothing to hide and is actually desirous of meeting with you.
Recherche Cavaliers simply ask that first read through our entire FAQ page and if you agree with everything fill out our online Puppy Application. If everything looks good then we will make an appointment to meet with you.
11. When's the earliest we can pick up our puppy?
We are not just breeders but trainers of Cavaliers. Because of this every one of our pups go through bare minimum Puppy Academy which is training till 12 weeks of age. We can allow a pup to go home earlier but their is no discount. We have a staff of professional trainers and if you look to purchase from Recherche Cavaliers you want pups to have at least a basic amount of training. Any earlier than 12 weeks is unreliable for producing pups that will keep their training.
12. How much do your Cavaliers cost?
Our prices are based on the quality of the pup available and the amount of training you request for your pup. If you are looking for an untrained Cavalier King Charles Spaniel than you are looking in the wrong place. Our bare minimum training program requires 250 hours of professional training. That’s an enormous amount of training we spend on each pup. That’s why we have such a large staff to accommodate the training we promise. Puppy Academy pups (12 weeks old) prices vary from $8900-$12,000 and our program goes up to 10 months of age which runs up to $25,000. So depending on how much training you request will determine the price of our Cavaliers. Remember, you are not just buying a healthy and beautiful Cavalier…you are buying a family member and a fully trained one at that.
Also our program is extremely intensive. The average Puppy Academy puppy gets 250 hours of professional training. Canine College adds another 100-125 hours of professional training to that and our Doggy Doctorate pups average over 500 hours of professional training (all training done by professional trainers!)!
That does include potty-training, complete obedience training, leash training, stair training, car training , crate training and more. All of our pups includes microchipping, multiple dewormings, puppy shots, health examination, NuVet Starter Kit, Puppy Training Packet, Training Report Card, Training Videos, copy of their limited AKC paperwork, 4 Year Health Warranty and a lifetime of support.
To learn more details about what we do in Puppy Training please click HERE!
13. How do you transport your puppies?
Because of Recherche Cavalier’s unique distinctions, they sell their puppies all over the US. Because of this Recherche Cavaliers are very well experienced and established in transporting puppies. There are two methods that we use to transport puppies.
The first and most preferred method is our door-to-door transportation. We would schedule transporting your puppy directly to your home. The advantage is that your puppy will be in our care. Also, Recherche Cavaliers will have one of our professional trainers or Jamel or Charity Hamka personally deliver your puppy to you. You will be able to ask questions, see exactly where your puppy is and more. Prices for door-to-door delivery vary greatly depending on your location (plane trips versus car trips).
The other method that’s less expensive is flying your puppy solo with either United, Delta, or American Airlines. These airlines have have proven Airlines to be very trustworthy and have taken care of every puppy we have shipped and every puppy we have received (over 150+ puppies so far!) All of our current adults have been shipped in from Europe and all have been treated with the utmost care.
Puppies are shipped in pressurized compartments on certain planes that have a pet shipping area (not every plane can ship puppies). They are waited on by an attendant and it’s very safe. We have never had a puppy emotionally or physically traumatized from flying. It’s a very safe and humane mode of travel.
The total price for shipping is based on the age of your pup but typically is around $600-$700 and that includes airfare, travel crate, health certificate, postage for your puppy packet, travel to and from airport, etc…
14. What type of shots and tests are given to each puppy?
Each puppy is then dewormed at every other week starting at 2 weeks old. As a precaution, each puppy is treated with prescription Marquis for coccidiosis and panacur for giardia. Each pup is also given a bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine which is good for 1 year of age. They are also all microchipped.
Puppy Academy pups are given 2 sets of “puppy shots” which is Duramune Max 5 which is the vaccine for coronavirus, parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 (and hepatitis). Canine College pups will be given final 2 sets of puppy shots and rabies vaccine. Each pup past Canine College pups will be given a monthly dosage of k9 Advantix II for flea and tick and also a monthly dosage of Ivermectin (Heartguard) for heartworm preventative.
15. When should I go to my veterinarian after picking up my puppy?
Each of our puppies come with a warranty that requires you to have your puppy checked by a vet within 72 hours after picking up your puppy. Your vet will need to check for any communicable diseases during that period. Your vet will also recommend a time to get follow-up “puppy shots” if you picked up your puppy at 12 weeks of age. Most vets recommend puppies to be revaccinated every 2-4 weeks until 16 weeks old.
16. What type of warranty do you provide?
We provide up to a 4 Year Health Warranty with NuVet/NuJoint usage. Don’t just focus on the length of a breeders warranty. Read through the details. We have a very fair and “friendly” warranty. Most warranties are almost no warranties. Our warranty really does protect your investment and it’s longer than most breeders. Details about what is covered, what is not covered, and how it is covered can be found on our Warranty Page.
17. Do you provide an extended warranty?
Because we highly recommend NuVet vitamins & NuJoint, we will quadruple your warranty from 1 year to 4 years if you use these products. Dysplasia and other health defects is not only about genetics. It has as much to do with diet and proper antioxidants as anything else.
NuVet/NuJoint makes it easy for the breeder to track those who continue to use their product and thereby allowing us to reward them by extending their warranty. To order NuVet/NuJoint click HERE.
18. What is NuVet?
NuVet is a powerful antioxidant that gives a tremendous boost to the immune system to prevent skin and coat problems, and creates a defense against over fifty major diseases, including hip and elbow dysplasia, and extending the life span of your dog. Please take time and CLICK HERE to read about NuVet.
19. How do I train my puppy?
We have an extensive training program each and every Cavalier is enrolled in called Puppy Training Institute. To read about all of our various programs starting with Puppy Academy (training till 12 weeks of age) to our Doggy Double Doctorate program (training till 8 months of age) please click HERE. We focus on 4 pillars in our training program….Outside Training (leash, car, etc…), House Training (potty training, chew training, etc…), Obedience Training (sit, stay, lay, come, place, etc…) and Socialization Training (strangers, noises, etc…). As your pups mature and grows emotionally and intellectually we build on all 4 pillars. The longer you can afford to keep your pup in training, not just financially but emotionally, the better and better behaved and trained your pup will be.
Recherche Cavaliers pride themselves by giving our clients the tools necessary to continue training your Cavalier. We give you an individual “Report Card” that scores your pup based on their strengths & weaknesses. We provide you with detailed emails and blogs so you can continue effectively training your pup at home. We also provide you with several videos of your pup in training. We give you a final “go home” training video where our professional trainers go through everything your pup has learned and gives you advice on how to keep training your pup. Lastly, we provide you with a lifetime of support. We will do everything we can to answer any questions you have and help you with any issues that come up. We don’t stop answering our phones and emails once you get your Cavalier home. Our professional trainers are also available for support as well.
20. What do I need when picking up my puppy?
Most of our pups are able to hold the restroom during the ride home. Sometimes though the stress of traveling in a car can lead to an accident. For this reason we do recommend you come prepared. I hate for you have your puppy make a mess and not be prepared the entire way home. It’s not pleasant for you or the pup. Some things to bring “just in case” are garbage bags, bath towels, paper towels, febreeze, and enough water for a “mini-bath.” You don’t need to have a travel crate as they can travel on the back seat just fine with some towels or bedding. Again, this is just precautionary but if you need them you will be glad you have it.
21. What is your address and other contact information?
We are located in Statesville, NC. At the bottom of every page is our email and phone number. Prior to visiting our property we do ask that you read through our entire FAQ page/Available Pups page and if everything looks good fill out our online Puppy Application. We will be happy to meet with you and give you directions to our home once we approve your application.
22. I have questions about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Information on the history of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, their health info and more can be found on the Cavalier Page HERE.
23. What do I do if I can no longer care for my puppy?
It is our policy that if you can no longer care for your puppy because of a move, because of financial difficulties or any other reason then you must return you Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to Recherche Cavaliers. We want always to make sure our pups go to quality homes. This goes for the entire life of the animal. We will either find a good home for your Cavalier or care for him/her ourselves.
Cavaliers purchased from Recherche Cavaliers should never be sent to an animal shelter, a rescue or given to someone else without written permission of Recherche Cavaliers.
24. Do you have an extended training program?
Yes. Recherche Cavaliers has a very successful training program called “Puppy Training Institute.” Recherche Cavaliers has trained over 500 pups in the past decade and are experts in training and socializing each puppy. In addition, Recherche Cavaliers has multiple professional trainers working full time with us.
26. How do I reserve a puppy?
1. Read through this FAQ page- We have designed this page to be as informative as possible. Even if you choose not to go with us we believe reading through every question and every answer will help you in your search for the right breeder and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Also, review our Available Pups page (Click HERE) to see what pups are available right now. We keep our website up-dated almost every day so if you see a pup on there you can almost guarantee he/she is available.
2. Fill out our online Puppy Application (CLICK HERE)- BEWARE of any buyer that won’t ask you questions except how to pay for your dog.
3. If approved place your deposit- Notice that Recherche Cavaliers does not have a BUY NOW button. If you see this on a breeders webpage RUN AWAY! Not caring who purchases their puppies is not something you should support. After we receive your Puppy Application, we will review it carefully. Typically we will get back with you within 24-48 hours. If you are approved then we will give you the directions to place your deposit with credit card, debit card, PayPal, or cashier’s check/ money order. Please do NOT send money until you have filled out the Puppy Application and have been approved.