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 Is it important to buy a "Registered" Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy?

Rosie, a Ruby Cavalier
                                          King Charles SpanielBuying a purebred "registered" puppy means your dog's pedigree has been recorded by an authorized association of breeders.

But beware! Not all registries
are the same!

Some pet registries have stringent requirements for membership. Breeders must generally provide evidence that they follow responsible breeding and dog care practices. For example, top quality registries will refuse breeders who have been convicted of cruelty to animals.

Ironically, however, the very fact that some dog registries are so tough has resulted in a number of new registries
being established with requirements that are much
easier for breeders to meet. Some lesser known dog registries have few, if any, meaningful standards. Membership in some dog registries allows an irresponsible breeder to say truthfully that their puppies are "registered" but provides no assurance to the pet owner that they are buying a puppy that will have a sweet disposition and a long, healthy life.

There are too many dog registries to evaluate each one here. But I invite you to take heed and ask some tough questions when a breeder or a pet store tells you a puppy is "registered."

Take time to investigate
the pet registry. Ask how long that registration service has been around. Compare its requirements with the standards and code of ethics required by well-established reputable registries,
such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club - USA or the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, Inc. or comparable Cavalier registries in other countries around the world.

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