How to Choose a Puppy

We are very busy here at Silver Paw Cavachons with new puppies and the fun is just getting started.  This week we will begin puppy selection with the Kenzie litter, but before that happens, I want to talk a bit about how to choose a puppy.

Over the years, I’ve learned that there are 100’s of reasons why a family chooses, or doesn’t choose a puppy.  Some of them are based on myths or false information, while others are based on personal experience.  For some people, they need to see and touch a puppy before they are able to fall in love, and for others, it might be love at first sight, the minute we post the first picture of the litter.  Still, for others, waiting till a puppy is older to see the “personality” is what is needed before they can choose their puppy.

As we begin to post videos of the litters, here are some questions to ask yourself when you’re deciding which puppy will become part of your forever family.

  1. Does this litter fit into your family timeline?

Most puppies will leave and go to their new homes when they are 8 weeks old.  Once you know the birthdate of a litter, you can count forward 8 weeks and that is when the puppy needs to go home.  Look at your family calendar and determine whether or not your family will be ready to receive a puppy at this time. This is the very first thing you need to determine when you are choosing a puppy.  If you have a vacation planned, or you don’t want to potty train a puppy in the middle of your Alaska winter, then you’ll need to pass on this litter.  If the timing works for a litter, then there might be a puppy for you and you’ll need to ask yourself question #2.

2.  Are you particular about the gender of your puppy?

Puppies are gender specific.  You either get a boy or you get a girl.  If you are specific about which gender you want, this will definitely eliminate some of the choices.  If a litter does not have the gender you are wanting, then you’ll need to pass and wait for a new litter.  If you are not particular about gender and/or the litter does have the gender you are wanting, then you’ll want to ask yourself questions #3.

3.  Does this litter have the color you are wanting?

Cavachons come in many colors.  In our experience, the puppies are either a solid color (golden, solid sable, black, black/tan, red), or they are parti colored (black/white, sable/white, blenheim, tri color, red/white).  Combine all these choices with two genders, and there are a LOT of choices to consider when choosing a puppy.  If you are very specific about the color (and gender) that you want, and this litter does not have that color, then you’ll need to pass and wait for another litter.  If you are not particular about the color, or this litter has a puppy that is the right color AND the right gender, then we’ll move on to question #4.

4.  What is the personality of this particular puppy?

For many people, personality is the most important consideration when they are choosing a puppy.  But true personality is very hard to determine at the young age of 5-8 weeks old.  When we are asked about the personality of a puppy, we do our best to communicate what we see in our daily interactions with the puppies, but the personality is not fully developed when the puppy is 5-8 weeks old.  It would be much easier to give a concrete answer to the personality question if the puppies were 12 weeks old, but unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of waiting that long.

Over the years we have had many people tell us what they are looking for in the personality of their future puppy.  We have done our best to match puppies with families based on this information and we have been told that the puppy was perfect, and exactly what they wanted.  We are very grateful for our excellent track record in this area.

Thankfully, the Cavachon has a generally fun loving, easy going temperament, which makes our job of puppy matching a bit easier.  The range of personality differences in a litter is a very mild.  There is always a “quiet” puppy, and the “rambunctious” puppy, but the bell curve is generally quite flat because all of the puppies are super sweet and they just want to be with you, living your life by your side each day.

The process of working through the waiting list is tedious.  If you can ask yourself each of these questions and know what your answers are when I contact you, it will speed up the puppy selection process for all involved.  When I post a litter that is open to puppy selection, if you can drop me a quick note via email that simply lets me know if you’d like to pass, or if you’d like to be considered for this litter, that would be extremely helpful.  If you see a specific puppy that you’re interested in, you can let me know that as well.  If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours of a litter being posted for puppy selection, I will assume that you are a “pass” on the litter and I will be moving on down the waiting list.

I hope this has been helpful as you each begin to look at the available puppies.  As always, let me know if you have any questions.  If you are new to Silver Paw Cavachons, we do have a waiting list for our puppies, so this information is directed toward those that are already on our list.  If you would like more information about our waiting list and the available puppies, please send an email to

Keep an eye out for the Kenzie litter.  They are 5 weeks old this week and just the most darling little things.  They are playing, and growling at each other, and being rambunctious, and just generally being completely adorable.  There are 4 puppies in the litter, 3 girls and 1 boy.

Until then, puppy kisses to all, and I’ll see you in the next blog post!


More Updates!

We have 3 pregnant moms in the nursery!

Justyne & Rocky, Sadie & Colby, Kenzie & Kingsley. We should get a rainbow of colors as all these Cavalier boys are black/tan so any color of puppy could happen!! Things should begin to get busy around these parts very soon.

For now, we have the following puppies available: gold male from Pearlie’s summer litter and these two sable/white pups from Paisley’s litter. They will be ready in early January.

Gold male, 5 months old, ready now

Male (lower) and female (higher) sable/white pups, ready in early January.

Current deposits received. If you are on this list please check in with me and let me know if you’re interested in any of these pups or if you’ve had any plans change.

Things are going to be very busy here soon!

Roxy Girl Found a Home and Updates

Hello to everyone!

It has been so long since I’ve posted but that should change now that I’ve finally got some backend things figured out with my blog. After hours on the phone with WordPress, going round and round in circles trying to resolve an issue that was making it very inconvenient for me to manage both this dog blog and my personal blog at Grace Without Tears, I finally found my hero customer service rep (the 4th one I had spoken with since August 4) who was able to resolve the problem and fix the issue. I literally had tears in my eyes because my inability to post regularly was weighing heavy on my heart because communication is the backbone of this business. My goal is to get back to posting here on the blog regularly with updates, photos, and videos of everything happening here at Silver Paw Cavachons!

We had a very busy summer and are now having a fairly quiet fall. But we do have one puppy ready to go home as well as a young litter that will be ready to go home in January, and a new pregnant mom in the nursery.

Several of you have emailed me about the last golden girl and I’m happy to tell everyone that she did find her forever home.

We are now looking to place this golden male puppy from the Pearlie litter that was born in July.

He has almost had a couple different homes but alas, he is still here waiting for just the right family. We are currently crate training him and he is hanging out with us in the house whenever someone is home. He is small and just over 5 lbs at almost 5 months old. He should be from 8-12 lbs as an adult.

He is ready to go anytime and we’d love to put him on a plane Friday if there is someone ready for a new puppy.

I also want to let everyone know about the newest litter that will be ready in January. There are 2 pups, both sable & white, one boy and one girl. I’ll post pictures of them in the next couple of days.

Coming in early spring/late winter should be a litter from Justyne and Rocky. I just brought her into the nursery and expect that she’ll have puppies sometime this month.

Please let me know if you have any interest in any of the puppies I’ve talked about. Right now I’d like to hear from those on the waiting list.

My next post will be pictures of the newest litter and an updated photo of the waiting list.

Justyne Litter Puppy Selection

Hello Everyone on the Waiting List!

It’s time to begin puppy selection.  Right now we are showcasing the Justyne puppies.  They are 6 weeks old and will be ready to go to their new homes in 2 weeks.  I want to hear from everyone that is interested in this litter.  We have one family deciding between the sable/white male and the solid sable female and/or if they are even ready to get a puppy right now.  This means it’s possible that all 3 puppies could be available to those on the waiting list.  I’ll know by this evening and update the blog.

Head on over to our Facebook page to see the newest videos of these three puppies.

I’d love for everyone on the list to check in with me ASAP!  We will be showing the Pearlie puppies and the Allie puppies later this week as they are both turning 6 weeks old this week as well.  I want to line up where the puppies are going as soon as possible so we can start looking at travel plans and coordinating the departure of each of these litters.

Let me know if you have any questions.

For those not on the waiting list yet, send an email to to inquire about our puppies or to get on the waiting list.  It is a great time right now because we have enough puppies for everyone currently on the list plus a few more!