At Pleasant Meadows we strive to raise quality animals for the purpose of enriching our lives as well as yours! We live on a small hobby farm, and our animals health and happiness is of the utmost importance to us and we expect each of our prospective purchasers to feel the same way! Each of our animals, both big and small, domestic and livestock alike, are treated with dignity and respect and they are loved and valued members of our family. Our family has lived on a farm all of our lives and we enjoy all of God's wonderful creatures! Out of our love for animals has grown the desire to share the joy and goodness that animals can bring to the lives of everyone.
We are a family who loves dogs and we enjoy sharing that love of dogs with others! We have settled on the Cavapoo, a hybrid breed of dog that is suitable for all ages of individuals and families, from infancy to seniors, most walks of life, and even those with significant allergies. We have been educated in Animal Sciences and genetics, and we continue to study hard to learn all that we can about our breed of dogs and dogs in general, and we make it our daily aim to raise quality puppies that can, in turn, bring families and individuals many years of enjoyment and companionship.
In the fall of 2016 we moved back to our Ontario roots after calling Alberta our home for 22 years, where we enjoyed raising horses, sheep, goats, pheasants, ducks, chickens, and our beloved dogs, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Poodle, and the Cavapoo. On our farm here in Ontario, we have a few chickens and two Miniature Horses, and our dogs are able to enjoy the refreshing calm of having a woodland border their expansive yard space and meadows to oversee!
Raising Dogs: We specialize in the Cavapoo hybrid and raise the occasional Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle litter. Our dogs are raised in our home and enjoy a genuine family setting with us and they also spend time with our extended family at various times throughout the year when they are not being bred. We are not a kennel, as our dogs are able to enjoy a family setting while living with us and our extended family members. We feel this is important for the complete socialization of our puppies, and so that all of our dogs receive devoted and undivided love, care, and attention. It is our priority to make sure that all of our dogs' needs are met, and that our dogs live the life of a pampered family pet. Our family life revolves around our dogs, and we enjoy lots of activities with them such as agility, flyball, walking trails, and then, of course, one of the best times includes a good snuggle on the sofa! Some of our breeding dogs may be staying with our extended family at various times throughout the year if they are not being bred, therefore, if you want to meet any of our adult breeding dogs, we ask that you submit a request to us a minimum of 48 hours prior to your arranged visit in order that we can ensure that the dog(s) are at Pleasant Meadows for you to view. The parents of any current litter(s) will, of course, always be onsite for your viewing.
We have now been raising these wonderful dogs for the past 10 years! It has been amazing to be able to share our puppies with so many families and the past 10 years have been nothing short of an adventure!
How did we get started?: We have always been "dog people" and have owned dogs all of our lives! We truly would feel incomplete without dogs in our lives -- they are a huge part of our family! Growing up, we always had Border Collie mixes and so the concept of a hybrid is not new to us. We saw how a mixed breed could take the best of two breeds and combine them into a wonderful "super dog". We started to raise a few litters, but even though we loved the Border Collie mixes we knew that we eventually wanted to raise a breed of dog that would be suitable for all family types, and all ages. The Border Collie is a working breed, and although we still own (and love!) a Border Collie mix today to help us on the farm, the breed does not fit that criteria of being suitable for most family types. So, we researched extensively for about a year to find a breed that would be suitable and fell in love with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for it's wonderful temperament, spunky nature, and willingness to please. Our first Cavalier, Dulcie, sealed the deal! At the time of Dulcie's arrival as a doll-eyed 8 week old puppy, our Grandparents were living with us, and we were able to watch how this spunky breed of Spaniel could bring such smiles and laughter to them, and we could clearly see how the Cavalier could fit into a multitude of homes and family types. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a breed that is good with children all the way up to seniors!
Alongside our research for the Cavalier we also knew we wanted to create a mix that would be "hypoallergenic" for allergy sufferers since the Cavalier by itself is not allergy friendly. So we researched the Cavapoo hybrid and purchased our first Miniature Poodle, Tobi, who was our main stud muffin for 8 years before retiring in 2018! We have found the Cavapoo to bring the best of both breed qualities to the forefront, allowing the Cavapoo to soar into everybody's hearts with it's undeniable charm! The Cavapoo is a recognized hybrid cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Toy or Miniature Poodle, but at Pleasant Meadows we only have Miniature Poodle studs as the Miniature is known for being far healthier than the Toy! You can visit our Cavapoos 101 page for details on Cavapoo genetics. Poodles are a non-shedding breed and are considered allergy friendly for most people with reactions towards dogs. We chose to breed and mix the Poodle with the Cavalier to create the Cavapoo for it's remarkable intelligence, laid back personality, and their playful, devoted, and loving nature. All 3 breeds are excellent family dogs, and we love being able to share them with you depending on your preference or needs (ie. allergies, or just an incredible friend)! You can also learn more about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Poodle, and the Cavapoo on our Breed HISTORY page.
When we started raising the Cavapoo 10 years ago, we were the first breeders in Canada to purposely mix the two breeds together. This has given us an innate and extensive knowledge of the Cavapoo hybrid from raising them and needing to go at everything without an already laid out "blue print" of what the breed should be! The Cavapoo has been around since the 1950's starting out in Australia and filtering over to the UK and then the US over time, but both those countries have approached the Cavapoo differently by adding in multiple breeds like the Cocker Spaniel to make Cockalierpoos (Cocker x Cavalier x Poodle) or the Bichon Frise to make Cavapoochons (Cavapoo x Bichon), and more! Adding in multiple breeds has also been done in the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle -- it is a little known fact that the multi-generational Labradoodle is a mixture of both the English and American Cocker Spaniel X Poodle crosses (i.e. Cockapoos) and two Irish Water Spaniels and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers were used in some Australian Labradoodle lines -- thus making a complete "dog soup" and still calling the hybrid by it's original name which SHOULD imply a mixture of ONLY TWO breeds. We're not judging how other hybrid breeds are created, but here at Pleasant Meadows, we feel that your puppy's lineage shouldn't be a secret! We raise Cavapoos how we feel they should be -- a pure mixture between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle with NO other breeds added in! And by doing so, we're better able to predict the temperament of our puppies because we know the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle, and we raise our breeding dogs from puppies in our home which ensures that we know their temperaments.
Goals and future plans: As responsible breeders, we are always researching and looking for ways to improve. We are proud of the fact that our dogs, especially our Cavalier line (and subsequent Cavapoo line), come from lines that have proven to be exceptionally healthy, and to date, we have not had any life-threatening genetic faults reported in any of our puppies. We can attribute this to our Cavalier line originating from a breeder who was raising the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for over 30 years, conscientiously ensuring that her dogs were never in-bred which has allowed for the gene pool to be as open as possible and to breed away from health issues rather than sealing in problems by breeding related dogs together. The Cavaliers in our line have lived well into their teens with no heart concerns, which is a phenomenal age for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breeder has since retired in 2018 from raising the Cavalier and we have the last of her Cavalier line, which we believe, to be among the healthiest in Canada. It is our goal to breed healthy puppies for the enrichment of your home as a loyal family companion.
We have also taken time in the past few years (2015 to current) researching the possibility of adding a new hybrid mix so we can continue to produce health family dogs. Since we believe that our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel line is among the healthiest in Canada, we are leery of purchasing new blood from other Cavalier breeders now that new dogs are no longer available from our foundation stock since the retirement of this breeder from which our Cavalier line originates. Our hopeful solution would be to introduce a new hybrid to Canada that has been developed in the UK. We have been following this hybrid's progress over the last several years to learn as much as we can about it. We believe that breeds like this dog were probably similar to what the original Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were like before the throws of fashion destroyed the lovable little spaniel!
Mini Goal Update: As of the fall of 2019, we're finally ready to announce that we will be adding the Brittany Spaniel to our lines to create the "Brittanypoo". We have been actively researching the Brittany Spaniel and the Brittany X Poodle hybrid mix and we believe that they will create a very similar dog to the Cavapoo! The Brittany is a very happy-go-lucky, loyal, people and pet friendly breed and the best part is that they are a relatively healthy breed with little health concerns! This transition to the Brittanypoo will be a slow one, and we want to make it clear that we still love the Cavapoo and will continue raising them for as long as we can make it work with our lines by keeping back healthy puppies where we can, but also staying true to our commitment to avoid inbreeding! Although, to be honest, we love where this new adventure is taking us and we feel that after 10 years of raising the Cavapoo to improve the health of the breed while providing a dog that is allergy friendly for those with allergies towards dogs -- really, the Brittanypoo is right up our alley and it just makes sense! We know that you will fall in love with them just as we have!
ENSURING REST: Our waiting lists are designed so that each one of our females completely skips over one whole heat cycle to allow rest. Taking into account each female's natural fluctuations of their heat cycles, our females will only be bred ONCE per year or will typically have a minimum of 10-12 months between litters after skipping one cycle UNLESS advised by our VETERINARIAN to breed sooner for one of the two following reasons:
1. For a female's final litter before retirement in the event that Pyometra is determined to be a risk for that female, a vet may recommend breeding 6-7 months later instead of 10-12 months later. Pyometra is a potentially fatal infection of the uterus that can be common in older unspayed females regardless of breed, size, or health.
2. A vet will also sometimes advise to breed sooner in order to "break up" females who are syncing up their cycles and the pattern of when they have their puppies needs to be changed in order to give a larger time-span between litters being born. If multiple females cycle at the same time and it's not "broken up" then they will continue to cycle together and then the next issue would be having too many litters at the same time. Skipping two cycles in this situation is not really an option as it might put a female at undue risk of Pyometra. And the reason this decision is up to the vet is because if we do need to "break up" females that are syncing up their cycles, then we obviously need to make sure that the female we plan to breed earlier than originally anticipated is 100% healthy and recovered from her previous litter.
Our females are not bred past their 6th year (some retire much earlier, each female is different and needs to be treated accordingly) and depending on their birth month -- breeding them 10-12 months after their prior litter can put them closer to 7 years instead of reasonably close to 6 years. All breeding is done under veterinarian advice, there are NO exceptions on this matter, we will skip a cycle between litters to allow rest 90% of the time for the well-being of each of our females! It is very important to us that our girls are able to rest and rejuvenate between litters and to simply have time to "be a dog"! In the event that our veterinarian advises breeding a female on what would normally be considered that females "skip cycle", it would ONLY be done if the female has COMPLETELY recovered from her previous pregnancy in weight and overall health and the number of litters that female has in the future would be reduced for an earlier retirement.
For those who cannot visit Pleasant Meadows, or for anyone simply wanting to see where our puppies are raised -- you can watch our Pleasant Meadows Puppy Room Tour Video which is updated yearly! And there are tons of videos that you can see of our puppies in our home on the Puppy Update Videos page! We also now offer Skype Video Calls for families choosing their puppies at 5-6 weeks of age!
Our horses: Over the years we have had many horses, as it comes with the territory when you live on a farm! We currently have 2 miniature horses named Iceman and Diamond and they are also a big part of our lives! In the summer of 2019 we made the tough decision to let most of our horses go to good family homes where they can be enjoyed to the fullest! We kept two minis that are dear to our hearts and by only keeping two cutie-pies it allows us to have more time to spend with them and for our dogs!
"A righteous man regards the life of his animal ..."
~ Proverbs 12:10 ~
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them -- as told in Genesis. Animals are valued by God Himself and He left the responsibility to man, to rule over all of His creation. Let us be good stewards of that trust, and be kind to all His creatures great and small.
Where did the name
Our Grandparents were a huge part of our lives and during our founding years in 2009 and beyond to 2016 they immensely enjoyed the puppies we raised while they lived with us on our farm so that we could care for them as they aged and still enable them to have some independence. My Grandfather (who was English through and through) had a dream that our farm was called "Pleasant Meadows" just like the farms and cottages are named over in England in the home of his childhood. He took great pride in tending gardens and making our property the scene of perfection and beauty. It was his complete joy to stay active and take care of our property that bore the name "Pleasant Meadows" as he had dreamed. Our name honours him and the immense influence that our Grandparents had in our lives as they supported our dreams and helped us achieve them! Our Border Collie mix "Meadow" was thus named by my Grandfather to match our name, and he often referred to her endearingly in his later days as "Meadows" like our name. Meadow and our rescue shepherd, Sebastian, were much loved by our grandparents. Below is a photo of Meadow and her companion Sebastian who are now both senior citizens around here -- we cherish every day we have with them. Both still take their "job" seriously as guardians for our horses, although they spend most of their days in our air conditioned/heated garage due to their age. Some day, their torch will be passed on, but for now, our name and their lives are a reminder of our beloved Grandparents.
2019 Update: Sebastian and Meadow have aged significantly in the last year and are now both unable to protect our horses and our other dogs from dangerous predators! They both have a strong work ethic and loved to "work" well into their old age, and by "work" we mean bark at anything suspicious on our property like a coyote or bear! Sebastian is the eldest, and because he was a rescue, we don't know his exact age but he is well over 10 years old and he now spends most of his time lounging around! Both he and Meadow have earned that right and they are considered retired and "off duty" but you'll still likely hear their thundering barks when you roll up to our home! We hope and pray that we still have some more time left with them in our lives, but we can see that age is catching up to them faster than our hearts can handle!