(and sometimes young adults)


I've had occasional trouble getting email from this site.  If you have any trouble, please send email directly to rneumeie@gmail.com and that should work!

ALSO:  Want to see how puppies turn out as they grow up?  'Cause it's interesting to see how they grow and change.

PLUS:  Curious about what it's like to breed a litter?  Here's my take on the experience.



Stuff that comes with an Anara puppy:

Dual registry with the CKCSC and AKC.

A microchip registration form -- Anara puppies are generally microchipped before they are sold.

Copies of relevant health certificates for the parents.

A statement from my vet that the puppy's patellas are sound at the time of sale, plus a shot record.

A guarantee covering the puppy's heart and hips.

A detailed handout on housetraining, plus a handout of general tips about Cavalier puppies.

A money-back return clause in case you find after purchase that the puppy isn't working out for you.

And an offer to reimburse you for routine heart and eye checks on your puppy, as long as I have related dogs in my breeding program -- I always want to know about health issues if any occur.





Coming in 2016



In late February, I bred my girl, Ch. Anara Honeysuckle Rose RN RA, to a tricolor boy, Ch. Fox Creek Brown Eyed Handsome Man.  Both have cleared recent heart and eye checks.


Honey is not my most glamorous girl, though she is pretty enough.  Her strength is her outstanding structure and flawless movement, as well as her cheerful attitude.  As soon as I started showing her, she won three majors in the puppy classes; then of course it took forever to pick up those last few single points!  She finished her championship when she was two, all owner-handled.  Chuckie also has fine structure and movement and hopefully will give me beautifully marked tricolor puppies who excel in both structure and glamour.


Honey's mother, Ch. Roycroft Kenya Cameroon, is more stocky, compact, and glamorous than Honey, but a terrible producer, managing a single living puppy in each of three litters -- she had terrible trouble with premature labor.   Kenya's father, Honey's grandfather, is AKC and CKCSC Ch Sanickro Enchanter at Heartsong, a dog who lived to eighteen and never developed a heart murmur.  He was a producing stud dog until sixteen.  He was also one of the top-rated CKCSC Cavaliers in 1999.  Obviously he offers genes for both top glamour and outstanding vigor and longevity.  That's why I was willing to risk breeding Kenya more than once even though I knew she was likely to have trouble.  By carefully breeding Enchanter's grandson and granddaughter, I hope to produce puppies that will follow in his footsteps for both beauty and longevity.  Honey's father is Ch. and CKCSC Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell at Jayba, JW, ROM a very glamorous dog who has produced many top-quality puppies.  He was heart clear at eight when Honey was born.  Scroll down for pictures of Honey's illustrious ancestors.


Hopefully Honey will not follow in mother's footsteps when it comes to producing puppies!  But even if all goes well, I do not expect a large litter, so if you are interested in one of Honey's puppies, you might want to contact me soon.  I will know if she is pregnant and how many puppies she is carrying around March 20th.  Puppies, if any, will be due at the end of April and ready to go to new homes around the first of July.  Because Chuckie is a tricolor dog carrying blenheim, there is a 50% chance that any given puppy will be tricolor and a 50% chance it will be blenheim.  I do not expect to keep any male puppies from this litter, so (as always) the availability of puppies will depend on your flexibility with regard to color and gender.


UPDATE: I am sorry to say that Honey is not pregnant.  I will try again with her this fall, following a suggested protocol for girls that miss repeatedly.  If this works, I'll update this page to show that.  If she is truly unable to have puppies, Honey will quite possibly be available to a really good pet home next year.







If you are interested in an Anara puppy (or young adult), then --


Please write a real letter.  Tell me your name, plus a little bit about yourself and your family and your current pets and why your family would be a good fit for a Cavalier -- just tell me something more than that you are looking for a puppy.  Cavalier puppies are suitable for many, many homes, but they are not suitable for every single home!  And besides that, every specific puppy is suitable only for some good homes.  I need to know enough about you to make sure that your home is actually a good fit for a puppy and make a reasonable guess about which individual puppy would be a good fit for your home.

BTW, if you are looking for a quality, healthy, pretty Cavalier for a pet, I really urge you to think hard about whether you HAVE to have a female.  And I know everybody's got their color preferences, and yes of course you want a puppy you will enjoy looking at -- I don't personally like freckles, for example, so honestly I do understand preferences for color and markings.  But if you are flexible about color and sex, it is a LOT easier to get a really nice puppy. 

My bet is that if you buy a puppy, you will never regret making health and sound structure and a nice personality your priorities and letting color and sex come later in your list of criteria.  I promise you, no matter what color is your favorite, when a puppy of some other color crawls into your lap, you will be charmed by that puppy in nothing flat.





Previous Litters



In late 2015, I bred Honey's mother, Ch. Roycroft Kenya Cameroon RN RA, to my glamorous young boy Anara Call Me Ishmael RN.  Kenya has been a terrible producer, with very serious premature labor issues.  This was my final attempt to get a really beautiful male puppy from her, and I did get a single living puppy, a male, who is looking quite promising!


Kenya Anara Call Me Ishmael








Here's Puppy J at three and a half weeks, surrounded by the stuffed animal buddies that take the place of real siblings.  That llama toy is just right for a newborn puppy to drape itself over, so I always keep it away from older dogs that might destroy it, saving it for singleton puppies.

At this age, Puppy J is just starting to show play behavior, though he is not very steady on his feet yet.

All one can really be sure of at this point is that the puppy has good markings.  I personally prefer more color on the face, but that's just me -- all you really need is symmetry and preferably no obvious freckles.  Freckles often don't appear till the puppy is three months old or more, so there's no way of telling about that yet.




Here is Puppy J, now Anara Justinian (Jos for short) at eight weeks (above) and ten weeks (below).  Eight weeks is a good age to assess structure.  Most Cavaliers will have as adults pretty much the structure you see at eight weeks, though plenty will go through an "ugly" stage in between.

Jos looks good.  He has good proportions and good bone.  His angulation looks fine both front and rear.  Getting a puppy to stack by yourself is tough, but I think his length of neck looks fine when he's holding his head at a more reasonable angle.  I wouldn't mind if his hocks were set a bit lower, but if that's the worst structural fault he has, he'll be fine.  To a quick glance, from this side, he sometimes looks like he might have a dip behind the shoulder blades, but that is actually a patch of color extending just barely across the topline from the other side; the little bit of intrusive color causes this illusion.

Jos is smaller than his father was at this age, which is excellent, as I would like him to turn out to be a slightly smaller dog as an adult.

There were three cosmetic faults I was watching for as Puppy J got older.  In order of awfulness, these include:

Freckles.  Ish has four freckles on his face, but Kenya's face is clean.  At ten weeks, Jos isn't quite safe from freckles, but the very first freckle has appeared down on his tummy, an excellent place for it.  There is no sign yet of freckles on his face.  I'm still crossing my fingers, but this is looking good!

White sclera.  Ish has pretty eyes, large and dark and round just like they're supposed to be, but Kenya has a white sclera in one eye.  At ten weeks, Jos has pale sclera in both eyes.  I hope they still darken -- my notes indicate that Ish's sclera were pale to start with but dark by this age.  I fear this puppy may not have his father's beautiful eyes.  Both Kenya and Honey finished their championships with one white sclera; I'm not sure if that's likely with pale sclera in both eyes.

Underbite.  Ish'es bite went off at ten weeks, though it has slowly crept back toward level and might eventually be okay.  Kenya has a perfect bite.  So far, Jos looks fine.  His bite has been perfect right along, from the time his teeth first appeared.

So that's two out of three, hopefully, and an otherwise nice puppy.  Jos is definitely not for sale.  I look forward to watching him grow up and seeing how he turns out!









Timmy -- AKC and CKCSC Ch Sanickro Enchanter at Heartsong





Previous Litters




2013's Single Puppy



Kenya's puppy from 2013's litter, Honey

Honey at four weeks Honey at eight weeks


Honey was the only surviving puppy from Kenya's litter with Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell at Jayba. 

Kenya won her Graduate Puppy class at the 2011 Indianapolis CKCSC specialty, from the renowned movement-and-structure judge Frank Kane, who said she was "the convincing winner" of the class. She recently won her second AKC major over a large entry of top-quality bitches.  Kenya has finished her Rally Advanced title.

Teddy is the incomparable AKC and CKCSC Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell of Jayba.  Teddy, Gene, Gene's brother DJ, and other Jayba dogs are some of the most beautiful Cavaliers in the country today -- there are plenty of details on the Jayba Cavaliers website.  It just kills me that I only got one puppy from this breeding.


Kenya RN

Ch Truluv Kiss N Tell at Jayba (Teddy)








2012's Puppies



The first dog I bred Kenya to:  AKC and CKCSC Ch Jayba Pucker Up (Gene)




Puppy "G" -- Kenya's only puppy by Gene:



Puppy "G"  is a very nicely marked girl.  She was remarkably well developed for a very early preemie and, after a slow 48 hours to adjust to the real world, took off like a little rocket.  She is shown here at six days old, or the day she should have been born.  She was under four oz at birth, but at the time I took this picture, she was up to 7.25 oz, a perfectly normal weight for a newborn Cavalier.



Seven and a half weeks old and time to take a good hard look at the baby!  Her registered name is now Anara Give Me A Break and her call name is Giedre, which is Lithuanian, btw.  This baby was just AMAZING in the housetraining department.  It's like she just absorbed the idea from the other dogs because she basically never made a mistake.  I wish all puppies could be as clever with that!

Giedre was just an astonishing puppy.  She had excellent markings, ideal proportions, excellent bone, wonderful angulation, great tailset, low-set hocks -- the whole package.  Except her bite was a tight underbite!  (And still is, alas.)  I am hoping very much that this will correct, obviously.  Many underbites do correct in Cavaliers.  But she is just too superb for me to place her out as a pet just yet, regardless of her bite.  I now plan to breed her once, in 2014.  After that, if her bite has not corrected, I may well place her out.

Giedre has a very nice personality, outgoing and confident.  I credit her "big sister" Folly (scroll down to see Folly) for giving her a fine role model to follow.








Grand Champion Closeburn Graham MacInnes


The "F" litter -- Adora's puppies by Graham:


Every puppy conceived had a 75% chance of being ruby and a 25% chance of being blenheim, but as you see, I managed to get one of each.  The little ruby is (yay!) a girl!  !!!   Which is what I wanted from this litter.  The blenheim is a boy. 





Anara Fiddlesticks, now Benji, has gone to his new home, where I am assured he is doted on by all who see him.

Anara Frivolity, called Folly for short, is a wonderful little spitfire . . . can't wait till she's old enough to hit the puppy classes! 




2010's litter


Bree had three puppies May 5th, one tri boy, one tri girl, and one blenheim girl.


This is Myrddin Emrys (Merlin to his friends). 

Merlin got his mother's wonderful temperament, excellent structure, and great movement. 

It's hard not to sound like a used-car salesman when I talk about Merlin.  He has just about the most perfect personality imaginable -- laid back but playful, a lap dog but not too demanding, moderate in energy level, accepting of virtually everything, not a trace of shyness or nervousness.

Merlin's only fault, if you can even call it that, is uneven markings on his body - as you can see, though, the markings on his head are beautifully symmetrical.  He's in a fabulous pet home now, and no doubt still charming everybody he meets.



Here is Eilionoir -- Elli for short.

Elli is the smallest of the puppies, very feminine and sweet.

I really wanted a beautifully marked tri girl from this litter, and look!  Here she is!  Her markings are lovely and symmetrical.  But those freckles on her face are definitely not desirable for a show dog, even though many people personally appreciate freckles on a Cavalier.  And freckles on a tricolor show up so clearly!

So Elli went to a great pet home, where she will be beautiful, sweet, and elegant and no one will mind her freckles.



This is Eibhlin -- Eve for short.  She is only seven weeks here, but this picture shows exactly the body you look for in a show puppy.  A bit long in the body, yes, but angulation to die for, fantastic neck and shoulder, tremendous bone, wonderful topline and tail set.  Just an amazing puppy!

Eve is incredibly active and outgoing.  All three of Bree's puppies were 'born socialized', but Eve takes it a whole order of magnitude farther than her siblings.  Her attitude just screams that SHE is the WINNER.  She doesn't live with me anymore, but she was shown to her International Championship by her new owners!


The father of this litter is such a great dog!  Take a look at Guy and then scroll down to read all about him.



Now, Guy is a pretty special dog, which is the only reason I'd have considered driving all the way to Minneapolis to breed Bree to him, believe me!  He's from Scotland.  His show name is Kinvaar Obsession.  Guy is seven years old and heart clear, but the thing about Guy (besides his beauty!) is the back of his skull.  He's one of the go-to dogs if you're really *serious* about trying to avoid syringomyelia.  He's racking up an impressive record as a producer -- that is, his offspring tend to look really good as far as avoiding SM goes, way better than average.  And he's siring really beautiful offspring, definitely a plus.



2009's single puppy:

Eff's puppy, the sole Anara puppy born in 2009.   This puppy's sire was Sanicro Enchanter at Heartsong, a fabulous dog (Kenya's father, too) but unfortunately, Eff only had the one puppy.



Born 9-22-09, Dara was 11 oz at birth, which I thought was huge until Bree's 12 oz tri girl beat her. 

Here she is three and a half weeks -- with her 'siblings'!  Because she was a single puppy, she needed substitutes to take the place of her littermates.  She still loves her bear!
Dara at three months old.  She turned out to have great structure, but a rather "old-fashioned" style of head -- and freckles, alas.  I finally placed her in a great pet home when she was three, where she now divides her time between sleeping upside down on laps and eradicating the neighborhood chipmunk population.


Dara's daddy --


Timmy.  'Timmy' is CKCSC and AKC Ch Sanickro Enchanter at Heartsong.  (Also Kenya's father, if you recall -- Kenya and Dara are half-sisters through this dog.)   He's just as good as it gets as far as heart quality goes.  Timmy won all kinds of Best in Shows at Cavalier specialties under any number of top breeder-judges.  He is a totally fantastic dog.  He was the top Cavalier in the country in 1999.  It is just luck that I saw Linda Dupuy's ad in the 2009 CKCSC yearbook, because I assumed he was long retired as a stud dog.  But far from being retired, he his still siring puppies just as well as any two-year-old.  Plus because he has offspring that are eight and nine years old, we can also see that his puppies tend to get his outstanding heart quality, too!  As far as Linda knows, he's never sired a puppy with SM -- and since she never sells puppies out of state, she would probably know.

Update:  as of 2014, Timmy is pushing 18 and still going strong.  He is losing strength in the rear, but he is still a cheerful and vigorous old man.  This is the longevity and vigor I am trying to capture in my breeding program.


See Previous Litters here