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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Kennel Est.1988
Meryl B Peek

Southern California, USA

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Welcome to Jadestone Cavaliers

Jadestone has been successfully showing Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels since in 2009.


Picture: GR.CH.Loranka's Aristocrat


As Breeder, owner-handler and Trainer at Jadestone Cavaliers, my passion and my long term goal is to develop my Cavalier breeding program while striving to breed for Cavaliers of correct Breed type and good structure, with always dedication and concern for good health and good temperaments that reflect the correct characteristic of the Breed.

Cavalier Breeder Of Merit

Jadestone is located in Southern California at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, the County of San Bernardino. This picturesque little valley is situated just north of Cajon Junction in the Cajon Pass, 15 minutes from Wrightwood Village and Mtn. High Ski Resort.

My goal is also to produce Cavaliers competitive in the show ring, both in CKCSC USA, (CKCSC is the original Cavalier Club and Registry in the UK and USA), and AKC shows.

  • Member of CKCSC Regional Club, Cavaliers of the West. (COTW)
  • Member of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA. (CKCSCusa)
  • Member of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Southern California.(CKCSCSC)

Female cavalier siren

Picture: German Import, Ch. Bonitos Companeros Lorelei



Cavalier History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel of today is the direct descendant of the small Toy Spaniels seen in so many of the pictures of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

DukeOfMalborough detail

Toy Spaniels were quite common as companion pets of the Court in Tudor times but in England it was under the Stuarts that they were given the Royal title of King Charles Spaniels. History tells us that King Charles II was seldom seen without two or three or more at his heels.

During the reign of King Charles II the period was called the Restoration period or the Cavalier period, hence the name Cavalier was added to the name and they became known as the King Charles Spaniels. They have been recorded in paintings and tapestries for centuries together with the aristocratic families who enjoyed their loyal companionship.

Today's Cavalier is directly modeled on its royal ancestors but this did not happen without the effort of an American fancier, Roswell Eldridge. Mr. Eldridge traveled to England in the early 1920's hoping to buy two spaniels.

Cavalier king charles Spaniel in historical paintingHe was unsuccessful, finding a diversity of type and none of the "old type", particularly the head type he desired. Employing Yankee ingenuity and determination, Roswell offered prizes of twenty-five pounds to the best male and best female  of the "old type" exhibited at Crufts each year. The motivator worked; interest was generated among breeders to revive the original spaniel.

In 1952, the first Cavaliers were sent to America and a national breed club was formed soon after, but because of the small numbers of Cavaliers they did not gain full breed recognition for 40 years. January 1, 1996 saw the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel enter American Kennel Club competition as the 140th recognized breed.




Cavalier Health

Cavaliers are predisposed to serious inherited health issues such as mitral valve disease. It is the responsibility of all breeders of Cavaliers to test their dogs and breed only dogs with health clearances. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the most wonderful breed of dog a person will ever be blessed to share their life with. If we are to have these endearing little Toy Spaniels to love and cherish for many years and generations to come, we must all do our part to attend annual health clinics and to only breed from health tested individuals.

As a Cavalier owner, exhibitor and breeder, who cares about the health of Cavaliers and their future progeny. I am committed to the preservation of the Cavalier Breed and its health, therefore I follow the recommendation testing of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals) for the Cavalier Breed. For a list of required health testing for the Cavalier Breed visit Canine Health Information Center.

When a Cavalier has met all these requirements, OFA shares the results with CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) who then issues the tested dog with a CHIC#. A dog with a CHIC number has cleared all the required health testing. For a dog to maintain its CHIC#, the yearly testing requirements must be met.