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Better With Age

Most people seeking to adopt from our rescue want a young Cavalier—often, the younger, the better. But for many, an older dog is a better choice.

About Senior Dogs

Please consider a senior pup…


Older dogs are often overlooked by potential adopters at shelters and rescues. However, those who adopt seniors find them to be wonderful companions — they are special, more mellow, better mannered, and quicker to adjust to their new homes than younger pooches. So full of love and joy--they are just grateful to be with you.


Whether you have been considering adopting an older pup for a long time or were just recently inspired by the story of one in need, your new, grey-muzzled best friend may be a hop, skip, and a few hugs away. Most shelters and rescue organizations list dogs over seven years of age as "senior."

Seniors are special…

Although the time you will have with an adopted senior dog may be shorter, your life will be forever enriched and you will have the honor and joy of being part of their final adventures. We’re not crying, you're crying....

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Senior Advantage

A big advantage to adopting an experienced dog-age 5 or 6 and up—is you are far more likely to be first in line for that dog. Applicants who are open to a seasoned Cavalier often can get matched right away—and for a considerably lower adoption fee.

A cavalier’s life span is typically 12- 15 years old and Rescue groups are constantly taking in middle-aged or senior dogs. On those rare occasions when CRF gets rescue pups under a year old, we are deluged with applications. But, many are not prepared for the amount of work a puppy is; puppies are like human babies requiring a lot of time, attention and energy.

Benefits of A Senior Dog

A mature Cavalier is:

  • Almost always completely housebroken.

  • Infinitely trainable. Yes, you can teach an older dog new tricks!

  • Playful, but easygoing with a lower activity level.

  • Well-mannered in your home.

  • Far less inclined to chew your possessions.

  • Predictable in a good way.

  • More interested in love and companionship than activity.

  • Eager to please and focused on you.

  • Beautiful and dignified.

  • Endearing and easy to love.

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Old dogs can be a regal sight. Their exuberance settles over the years into a seasoned nobility, their routines become as locked into yours as the quietest and kindest of marriages.” – Gail Caldwell

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