I saw my first Cavalier (a tricolor puppy) at Lincoln Park in Chicago in 2007. After researching the breed, I decided my next dog was going to be a Cavalier. Soon after retiring in 2011, I received King Bailey (black and tan) as a gift. Unfortunately, Bailey was hit and killed by a car at only 9 months old. I was completely devastated! Within a week, I purchased another black and tan puppy, Bear. After that came Lacey (tricolor), Libbie (ruby), JoJo (Blenheim AKC Champion), Annie (Blenheim), Tilly (ruby), Quinn (tricolor AKC Champion) and Penny (ruby). One of the hardest things I've had to do is rehome the dogs that couldn't breed so I could continue to breed and share the love. Lacey, Bear, Tilly, and JoJo have all gone to new homes. Other than Bear who escaped his backyard and was killed by a car, I keep in touch with the new families and often get to visit with my "kids".
Cavaliers are prone to a number of serious health conditions. Buying a Cavalier is always a risk. That risk is reduced with health testing. There is no way to eliminate the risk. A responsible breeder will be happy to provide copies of health certificates. My goal is to improve the breed with primary emphasis on health without sacrificing good conformation..
Cavaliers are wonderful companions. Once you have one, you'll never be without one. Cavaliers come in four colors: Black and tan, ruby, Blenheim (chestnut and white), and tricolor (black and white with tan markings). I recommend at least one of each color.