Most of the people we interact with are just searching for the perfect pet but on occasion they are searching for a show dog. Or, we find that people who are searching for a pet are being told they're buying a show dog when in fact they are paying show dog prices without show dog quality. For that reason, we thought it might be useful to explain what to look for in a true show quality Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Before doing so, please know that a "fault" as used in this post does not mean there is any health problem with your puppy (or prospective puppy). A fault is simply the show term for anything that deviates from the breed standard and will be counted against a show dog. Some faults (called minor faults) will just reduce how they score (such as heavy ticking, a little too much wave in the coat, etc.) while other faults are considered major faults and can stop the dog from entering the show at all (visible structural problems, aggressive temperament).
Now, here's what to look for if you want to consider showing your CKCS:
As a quick disclaimer, we rarely show dogs and focus much more on health and temperament then show quality. That being said, if you are searching for a showing mentor or looking for a puppy that might qualify to show, please reach out and we can point you in the right direction!
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