Lovely Little Leo 🐾

As I mentioned in my last post, it ended up taking me 5 months to actually get around to writing about the house move! What I failed to mention however, is that in those 5 months, mine and Mr B’s lives changed forever!

Welcome…our beautiful new member of the family…Leo.

Now, at just under 4 months old, he is our absolute world and we have never been happier.Through all the stress and constant disappointment of trying to move (and failing!), he has made us smile every day. So (because it’s a great excuse for puppy pictures!) I thought I would just fill in the gaps of his first four months on earth…


Having decided that a Beagle (Mr B’s choice) was too much hard work, and a Lab (my choice) was too big for our first dog, we decided on a breed that had the best of both worlds…a Cavador! A beautiful mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and a Labrador, they were the perfect size and temperament we were after…the only issue being they are so rare in the UK that there are only 3 recorded breeders. Let the hunt begin!!

After joining numerous groups on social media, I met K, another UK based Cavador lover who was also struggling to find a pup. We immediately bonded over our dilemma and decided we would find a breeder together. Within a few months, K was messaging me saying she had managed to find a breeder who had just had 7 Cavador puppies…based in Wales! She was driving there straight away, so we waited for photos and feedback. They didn’t disappoint. At only 3 weeks old, we immediately fell in love with a little boy who was a perfect mix of the two breeds. The stunning honey lab coat, with the most beautiful white markings on his feet, face , and tail!

We knew then that we had to have him…


It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that we managed to make it down to Wales to visit the puppies for ourselves…and it was worth every minute. We finally arrived (after what felt like an eternity of driving!) at a chocolate box cottage in South Wales, where we were greeting by the most adorable excited puppy whimpers. I barely had my shoes off before heading straight for the kitchen, making sure I was sat amongst all 7 puppies…becoming a climbing frame for their tiny feet.

I could have stayed there forever…and then we saw him…his beautiful honey lab coat, and stunning white stripe on his face, toes, and tuft of hair at the end of his tail. Mr B and I just looked at each other and knew that he had to be ours. We secured him on the spot, making sure he had the most cuddles from us before we left.

How were we going to wait another 3 weeks before we could take him home!?


Finally the day arrived, and after a long drive back to Wales we were soon back in the car with our tiny boy wrapped up in a blanket.

It was definitely an “interesting” journey home. He wasn’t car sick, and didn’t make a mess, but he cried and cried, to the point where I nearly cried! Our poor little boy, so upset to be leaving his mum. I gave him so many cuddles to calm him down, he ended up asleep on my lap for most of the journey back. Once home, he was a lot more settled, and spent hours exploring his new surroundings. It was hard to believe he was finally with us!


At 12 weeks old, K and I decided that the brothers should meet up! We had kept in touch the whole way through their journey, and thought that it would be lovely to get the brothers together. Living just down the road from us (I’m pretty sure it was fate), made it easy to visit, and keep visiting regularly.

The pups absolutely loved it and spent the day play fighting and sleeping, running circles around all of us! K and I still say we can’t believe how lucky we are to have found our boys.


Now, at just under 4 months, Leo has certainly made a massive impact on Mr B and I. Having recently returned from our first holiday together (blog post to follow!), it is clear to see he has well and truly become a Bailey.
So that’s us…my beautiful boys and my perfect little family ❤️🐾

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24 Comments

  1. Kathryn
    December 24, 2016 / 8:37 am

    Can I ask who you found breeding cavadors I have fallen in love and what one but can’t find any breeders xx

    • December 24, 2016 / 10:39 am

      Hi Kathryn, we found a lady in Wales. I think she will be breeding again end of next year. I’ll email you her details x

      • July 8, 2017 / 7:56 am

        Would you mind sending me the details too? I really wanted a beagle but we have decided there not right! I have done some reaserch on cavadors and I think they may be the one! X

      • Samantha cohen
        August 4, 2017 / 1:14 pm

        Hello, I have been so searching for a cavador but have really found it difficult to come across responsible breeders. Could you possibly share lovely Leo’s breeders details with me? I so so look forward to hearing from you,

        Many thanks,

        Samantha

  2. Kate
    June 25, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Hi! Any idea if its possible to adopt from the US? been trying to find a breeder in the states and it seems like there arent any 🙁

    • June 26, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Hi, yes! We actually found there were a lot more breeders in the US than UK. Join the Facebook group ‘Cavador Community’ there are breeders and owners on there from US,AUS,UK that can give you advice about finding a breeder 🙂 that’s what I did and we found our little leo xx

      • August 29, 2017 / 1:47 pm

        it worked for us – we eventually managed to find the same breeders where you got Leo and we have had Goldie for 3 days and she has completely changed our lives already we are so in LOVE!
        Thank you for sharing! xx

        • August 29, 2017 / 1:52 pm

          Awwwwwww yay!!! Leo’s sister!! (kind of hehe!) Lisa actually sent me photos of Goldie as she was my favourite from the new litter. She is beautiful xx

          • August 29, 2017 / 2:36 pm

            Ahh thanks – yes she is! 🙂 I was drawn to her from the beggining​! My husband really liked another one… however I think he is now happy with our choice! xx

          • August 29, 2017 / 3:05 pm

            That was exactly the same as my OH. He preferred another one initially, but so glad he went with my choice hehe. They are such a lovely breed xx

  3. Emma Cockerill
    November 18, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Hi, we are trying to find a cavador breeder as desperately want a cavador to join our family. Such a wonderful breed. Could you send me her details please?

    Xx

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Hi, so sorry I’ve missed this. So many messages didn’t show on my post! Your best be is to try the Facebook page Cavador Community as it will have the latest U.K. breeders and any new litters 🙂 x

  4. Avril Smith
    February 25, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    Hi, we are also trying to find a cavador breeder in the UK and having been searching for a long time without success until I came across your website. We would love to find a puppy to join our family. I would be so grateful if you could send me information on the breeder you got your beautiful puppy from.

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Hi, so sorry I’ve missed this. So many messages didn’t show on my post! Your best be is to try the Facebook page Cavador Community as it will have the latest U.K. breeders and any new litters 🙂 x

  5. Hayley
    April 15, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    Hi there
    We have been looking for a UK cavador breeder and have been trying to find some contact details. Leo is absolutely beautiful you must be so pleased. I wonder if it’s possible to have the details of the breeder in Wales? Thank you so much.

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Hi, so sorry I’ve missed this! Your best bet is to try the Facebook page Cavador Community as it will have the latest U.K. breeders and any new litters 🙂 x

  6. June 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    Hi, if you still have the cavador breeders details please can you send them to me? We would love to track one down, and have been struggling. Thanks, Naomi x

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Hi, so sorry I’ve missed this! Your best be is to try the Facebook page Cavador Community as it will have the latest U.K. breeders and any new litters 🙂 x

  7. June 19, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    Hello, I also am looking for a cavador bitch puppy for a friend who already have one but wants another for companionship. Do you know of any breeders anywhere in the UK whom I can contact please..

    • July 31, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Hi! Your best be is to try the Facebook page Cavador Community as it will have the latest U.K. breeders and any new litters 🙂 x

  8. Emma Braid-Taylor
    July 12, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Hello, please would you kindly send me the details of the cavador breeder you know and trust in Wales? I am looking for two female cavador puppies. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

  9. Anna Roth
    July 12, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Hi, we are trying aswell to find a cavador breeder. Could you send me her details please, if you have them still?

  10. Sara Jackson
    July 27, 2018 / 1:00 am

    I also am looking for a calvador. Can anyone help please?

  11. heyarnold64
    July 31, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Hi,

    Sorry for another one of these but would you mind emailing me the details of the breeder you found please? We’re looking for an addition to our young family and we were really fond of Cavadors but since reading your lovely blog our hearts are set on one now 🙂

    Thanks in advance

    Rob

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