Diamond Valley Ranch is located in Temecula, California, 45 minutes North of San Diego. We are situated on five acres of fully fenced horse property, so our dogs are free to roam when outside with no restrictions. We do not kennel our dogs. They are kept in our home, and puppies are handled daily from the minute they are born to the day they join their new family. My young daughter lovingly enjoys helping me with this task, so our puppies are used to children.
Many think of the Cavalier King Charles as an "elite" breed, only to be enjoyed by the wealthy. I do not hold this belief and do not feel entitled in picking and choosing a home for my puppies. I feel that if you have previous experience owning a dog, and can provide a safe and loving home, with a lifetime commitment for the life of the dog, you have a suitable home. If you are unable to keep one of our dogs at any time, please contact me, no questions asked-I would be more than happy to take them back at any time.
I come from a family of animal lovers and have owned dogs, cats, birds and horses for as long as I can remember. From the time I was 14 until my mid twenties when I applied to pre-veterinary school, I worked as a veterinary technician, surgical assistant and veterinary pharmacist in two small animal veterinary clinics, attending to both routine and trauma care patients. Life's path took me in a different direction and I was unable to attend veterinary school at The Ohio State University, but of course my love for animals is just as strong.
I breed both AKC registered and OFA health tested Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and American Quarter Horses for the English discipline that show in an event called Hunter under saddle. I am extremely picky when choosing my breeding stock for both my horses and my dogs. My mare has produced a two time world champion, reserve world champion and a lengthy number of international, national and regional show winners.
When working in the veterinary field, I was exposed to many dogs in shelters that met an untimely fate. This has always affected me, and I do not take the subject lightly. My best preventative to avoid adding more homeless pets to shelters is to breed the very best that I can, in small numbers. Often times, pets that end up in shelters may suffer from health issues that the owners do not have the financial means to provide proper medical care for the animal. This means OFA testing (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, the top rated organization for health testing in animals) my breeding stock by Board Certified Specialists in the respective fields of both Cardiac (heart) and Ophthalmology (eye), and stringently testing my dogs for any sort of genetic or abnormal defects. I run my dogs through a number of health tests before they are ever bred. If there is any question as to their soundness in breeding or passing on any sort of undesirable or genetically inherited abnormality, they will not be bred, and I will have them spayed or neutered.