Atomicus Cavaliers (Est. 2014) began after bringing home our first show girl, Taylor. I feel very fortunate that her breeders trusted her with me, as she has brought me much joy, and definitely rules the house. She is now joined by her daughter Luna, and I am excited to show both of these beautiful girls and to see them reach their potential.
As a vet, health is a big priority to me - as it is to all responsible breeders. I make sure all my Cavaliers are heart tested for Mitral Valve Degeneration (MVD) and eye tested for all congenital and hereditary diseases by respective cardiology and ophthalmology specialists. I also DNA test for Curly Coat Dry Eye Syndrome and Episodic Falling Syndrome. Only dogs that pass their health tests, including general health checks, are considered for breeding. Health results are provided on this website under the dog profiles.
I aim to breed quality dogs that meet the breed standard, with excellent health and will excel both in the show ring as well as family pets. My interest is in parti colours (Blenheim and Tri-colours).
History of the Breed
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.
After losing popularity for a period, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was recognised as a separate breed by the UK Kennel Club in 1945
and regained popularity from that point, becoming one of the most popular small dogs today.
Learn more about the history of the breed here.
Breed Health Concerns
No breed of dog is immune to health problems. Cavaliers are no exception. As breeders we aim to keep, and only breed, the highest quality dogs to produce happy, healthy puppies. Before any dog is bred, they should undergo appropriate testing by specialist veterinarians. Atomicus Cavaliers Heart and Eye check all dogs and DNA test for Curly Coat/Dry Eye and Episodic Falling, in addition to a comprehensive general health test to ensure quality and healthy puppies.
In Australia, the main health concerns for cavaliers are:
- Mitral Valve Defect (MVD)
- Multi-focal Retinal Dysplasia
- Congenital Hereditary Cateracts (early onset)
- Hereditary Cataracts (late onset)
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)