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When I took Mira for a walk last week, she really seemed to like one of these dogs that came up to her and gently kissed her muzzle. Mira is an old gal and doesn't need a rambunctious dog and I have had my eye on this breed. Quite different from a lab but seem very friendly.
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My niece has had several, and my boss has 2. They both say they are awesome dogs! My boss' 2 go on looooooong walks with them all the time. They're very calm dogs, and get along great with everyone. :)
 

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Lovely dogs! Strongly recommend a reputable breeder, one who does health testing, especially for hearts. Many Lab breeders we see at specialties have Cav's. I think because they have a very Lab-like personality. Always happy and waggin' their tail.
 

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Personality wise, I can't fault the ones I have met. They are very popular dogs around here.

I would be concerned about the number of health problems they can suffer from, though:

http://www.cavalierhealth.org/breeders.htm
Yup. I would LOVE a Cav. But I don't know if I want to risk it. They have some unusual problems in the breed. Which is why i strongly recommend a breeder who test every thing! I was told Cav's like the Berner are heartbreak breeds.
 

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My brother has two and my niece has one. I wasn't sure if I'd like them at first because I like bigger dogs, but the first time I stayed with my brother after he got them I fell in love. Very sweet, cute, fun dogs.
 

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I've had 2 of them in the past - both adopted. I got them at a fairly old age & they both settled in really well with my existing dogs. I didn't get them together. It was over different periods. They've got a really sweet docile nature & don't bark much unless someone comes to the door.

The only minor health problem I encounted, was the odd ear infection but then you get that with Labs & the other floppy ear breeds too. I'd have another one tomorrow if I could. :)
 

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Just wanted to add that Cavaliers can be pretty timid, so it is very important to socialize them as pups. My DD did an excellent job socializing Tucker--and he is very outgoing now.
 
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