The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the UK's most popular dog breeds. They have the happiest, kindest nature and love everyone.
Sadly this means bad breeders and puppy farmers take advantage and breed them with no regard for their welfare leaving owners and dog rescues to pick up the pieces.
- Bliss Cavalier Rescue
Do you need help with rehoming your Cavalier?
We understand that circumstances can change and be completely out of your control. If you can no longer care for your Cavalier please get in touch with us. We won't be judgemental and are discreet when necessary. Please contact us for more information, we will always do our best to help regardless of where you are based in the country.
Health problems are one of the main reasons Cavalier's are surrendered into rescue.
Our beautiful breed suffers with some terrible genetic diseases and illnesses which owners cannot afford to pay for.
Mitral Valve Disease and Syringomyelia
Mitral Valve Disease is found in 90% of Cavaliers by the age of 10. The hereditary heart disease is much more common in Cavaliers than in other breeds and with the correct treatment can be very costly to owners long term. Sadly many owners do not factor this in when buying a puppy and simply cannot afford the long term care needed.
Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia are very painful and serious conditions that many Cavaliers suffer with. They have been bred to have smaller skulls in order to look 'cute', this has resulted in the skull being too small for the brain. Dogs that have Chiari Malformation and/or Syringomyelia are often in constant pain and just to maintain a quality of life need expensive diagnostic scans, daily pain relief and even surgery.
Other common Cavalier health problems
Cavaliers also suffer with some other common problems. Very often they have bad teeth requiring extraction and regular dental work. Their mouths are small and overcrowded, without good dental hygiene and good food they will need to be anesthetised for a dental procedure often yearly.
We have seen many Cavaliers with knee problems, most commonly luxating patellas requiring surgery and long term hydrotherapy. Hip dysplasia can occur, as with other breeds, which again may require very expensive salvage surgery or long term physiotherapy.
A misconception with Cavaliers being prone to being overweight has led to many owners thinking this is normal for the breed. Carrying too much weight not only impacts the joints leading to knee and hip problems, but also impacts the heart and makes it work much harder- a problem that Cavaliers struggle with too much already.
How do you adopt one of our rescue dogs?
Spotted a Cavalier looking for a home?
Follow us on Facebook for the very latest dogs that are available to be adopted. Each dog is an individual so be sure to thoroughly read all of the information relating to the dog that you are interested in. We will give as much information as possible that is currently available.
Once you are happy the dog is a great fit for you and the rest of your family please fill in an application form. The form asks for a lot of questions to be answered, this is so we can ensure the dogs will be rehomed to the right family that suits them best. Please ensure you answer every question to the best of your ability with as much information as possible.
Once we have received your application form if we think you can offer a suitable home you will be contacted by the fosterer that the dog is currently staying with. The foster parents know the dogs best and will be able to give you lots of information and answer your questions.
Following the telephone call, if successful in your application, the foster parent will organise a home check to be carried out with one of our volunteers. This will usually take place within 5 days of the telephone call.
A home check will always be carried out prior to adoption. This is to ensure your home is safe for the dog.
You will be informed within 24 hours of the home check taking place if you were successful. Sometimes we may ask for some changes to be made, an example of this would be making sure garden gates are locked or removing dangerous items from the garden.
If your home check is successful you will be invited to meet the dog you wish to adopt at their current foster home. You must bring all human family members and all dogs that live in your household.