Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breeders

Member

Cavalier King Charles

Spaniel Club, USA

AKC

Breeder of Merit

Celebrating 40 Years With Cavaliers

Charlie Weidig and Kate Kennedy
Huntington, New York 11743
631-427-3736

Website last updated October 29, 2019

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The Home of BlackFire Cavaliers

We have owned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since 1978, when Katie inherited Winston, an unbelievably good and lovable Blenheim male.  When she inherited Charlie (the other human in the house) two years later, he too fell in love with Winston and the breed.  We first joined the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, USA in 1981, and have always had at least one Cavalier since then.  Today we have a wonderful Cavalier family, pictured below.  The foundation of Blackfire Cavaliers was acquired through the help and mentoring of Anne Eckersley-Robins, whom we consider to be one of the premier Cavalier breeders in the United States today.  We remain active in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA (Charlie has chaired several committees, including Ethics, By-Laws, and Policies and Procedures, and he is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA Judge; Katie served on the Board of Directors for four years as CKCSC, USA Secretary) and we also register our dogs and show them in the American Kennel Club.

 

Although we originally became interested in breeding in order to insure that we would never be without a Cavalier, for the last couple of decades our goal has been to improve the breed by breeding healthy Cavaliers who, to us, embody the qualities of the breed standard.  We are strong advocates of rigorous health testing; we have not bred a bitch who has not been cleared by specialists for heart, eyes, hips and patella.  We require the same health testing of the stud dogs to whom we breed.  Mindful of this goal, we have always been cautious and sparing in our breeding.  We believe that it is the quality of litters, rather than the quantity, that define a kennel.

 

You may view a 4-generation pedigree for any of our breeding bitches by clicking on the name, if it is highlighted as a hyperlink.

IT'S HERE!!  The 2019

BlackFire Easter Egg Hunt video!

Click HERE to view.

(Links to previous years' hunts can be found below)

How it all began ...

Our very first Cavaliers, Winston and Churchill

Winston   1973-1987   

        

We were never very sure about his origins, but he was the very best rescue dog you could ever ask for.  If it were not for Winston, we would never have gotten to know what a wonderful breed Cavaliers are, and there would likely not be a BlackFire.                                               

Churchill 1985-1995

Chadwick Little Firecracker


She had the biggest eyes, the biggest heart, and "a great little body."  We will always be indebted to Anne Eckersley for bringing this wonderful girl into our lives, and we will never understand the injustice of how she was taken from us by cancer at a young ten years of age.

BlackFire News

The BlackFire crew had a very successful day at the Cavaliers of the Northeast annual trophy show on June 8, 2019, in Matamoras, Pennsylvania.

Dylan (pictured) won his class and was named Best Black and Tan in Show by breeder judge Mary Ellen Arthur.  Tag and Dylan's daughter Lizzie also took home trophies for winning their classes.

On November 10, 2018 at the Cavaliers of the Northeast show in York PA, Bootsie (BlackFire Made For Walkin, C-TKN) earned her Novice Trick Dog title with a flawless performance.

On December 15, 2017, Tag was awarded a 3-point major when judge Terry Stacy named her Winners Bitch at the Lehigh Valley KC show.  With this win, she became AKC Champion BlackFire I Approved This Message, and is the third Cavalier from her litter to earn a Championship.

On October 1st, 2017, Lizzie (BlackFire Nevertheless She Persisted) earned her first championship points on just her 3rd day of AKC eligibility!  She was named Winners Bitch by judge Richard Mullen at the Westbury Kennel Association show in Oyster Bay, NY.

On March 25 and 26, 2017, Snaggle (GCH BlackFire Exit Poll) had a dynamite weekend at the Suwannee Valley Kennel Club show in Newberry Florida, winning Best of Breed under judge Brian Meyer, and Select Dog under judge Sari Brewster Tietjen. The double win earned him the title of GRAND CHAMPION!

On January 29, 2017, Snaggle (CH BlackFire Exit Poll) won honors as Best of Breed at the Greater Gainesville Dog Fancier's Association show in Ocala, Florida, for a 5-point major under judge Peggy

Beisel-McIlwaine.

On July 8, 2016, Snaggle was named Winners Dog and Best of Winners

by judge Murrel Purkhiser at the Kenilworth KC show in West Springfield, MA

to become AKC CHAMPION BlackFire Exit Poll

At the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Hubbell (BlackFire Plaza Suite) was awarded WINNERS DOG and BEST OF WINNERS by respected judge Charlotte Patterson.

Hubbell was handled expertly by his owner - and our granddaughter - Alyssa McLaughlin.....

..... And on April 30, 2016, Hubbell finished his AKC Championship, with Alyssa doing her usual superb handling job!

On October 22, 2015,

Boo was named Best of 

Opposite Sex at the Riverhead Kennel Club Show

In West Springfield, MA

by Judge Marcie Dobkin

to earn the title of Grand Champion!

The BlackFire Family Photo Album

"Bootsie"

Born March 29, 2017

AKC CH BlackFire Simple Twist Of Fate

XAKC GCH BlackFire October Surprise

 

"Lizzie"

Born March 29, 2017

 

AKC CH BlackFire Simple Twist Of Fate
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AKC GCH BlackFire October Surprise

"SnapChat"

 

Born January 7, 2016

 

GCH BlackFire Plaza Suite
X
BlackFire Open Me First

"Boo"

Born October 1, 2012

 

Ch Castlekeep Cimaron At Triplecrown Panache

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AKC Ch BlackFire Trifecta

 

"Tag"

Born October 1, 2012

 

Ch Castlekeep Cimaron At Triplecrown Panache

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AKC Ch BlackFire Trifecta

 

"Tilde"

Born March 17, 2013


Dorian Gray of Woodville
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Blue Magic's Cavalier Wallerie


Bred by Heidi Junghans of Woldegk, Germany

Tilde is retired and has been adopted

by a loving owner on Long Island, NY
 

"Hubbell"

Born June 8, 2012


Ch Cottfordcourt By The Dawn's Early Light
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BlackFire Dark Thicket NA, NAJ

 

Lovingly co-owned and shown by

our granddaughter Alyssa McLaughlin

of Deltona, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Mr. Tipps"

Born June 8, 2012


Ch Cottfordcourt By The Dawn's Early Light
 X 
BlackFire Dark Thicket NA, NAJ

 

Lovingly co-owned and shown by Kim Hess

of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

(Photo by Alyssa McLaughlin

BlackFire Images)

"Dylan"

Born July 29, 2011

 

Ch Kaceem Jonathan X BlackFire Sweden's French Kiss

 

 

Lovingly co-owned and shown by

our granddaughter Alyssa McLaughlin

of Deltona, Florida

 

(Photo by Alyssa McLaughlin

BlackFire Images)

 

"Derby"

Born October 4, 2006

 

CH Chadwick Brig O'Doon AX, AXJ
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BlackFire at the Garden

Bramble is retired and has been adopted by a loving familily on Long Island, NY

BlackFire Irish Amber

 

"Murphy"

Born July 24, 2004

 

Ch Immenhof's Coriander of Chadwick

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Ch Chadwick September Song at BlackFire

"Snaggle"

Born October 1, 2012

 

Ch Castlekeep Cimaron At Triplecrown Panache

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AKC Ch BlackFire Trifecta

 

 

Snaggle is retired, and has been adopted

by a loving family on Long Island, NY

 

(Photo by Alyssa McLaughlin

BlackFire Images)

 

Amicus Shall We Dance at BlackFire

"Mitzi"

 

OK, so she's not a Cavalier!

But she fits right in with the rest of the family.

Watch our Cavaliers compete in the traditional BlackFire Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Achievements and Candid Photos

"I'm ready for my close-up!"

Lizzie (BlackFire Nevertheless She Persisted)

 is all primped for the show ring.

Mom is Boo (BlackFire October Surprise),

and Dad is Dylan (BlackFire Simple Twist Of Fate)

BlackFire Kodak Moment "SnapChat"

 at 4 months of age.  Mom is Kodak (BlackFire Open Me First), and Dad is Hubbell (BlackFire Plaza Suite)

BlackFire Mark Of Distinction "Smudge" at 3 months of age.  Mom is Tag (BlackFire I Approved This Message), and Dad is Hubbell (BlackFire Plaza Suite)

On April 5, 2015, Hubbell was awarded Best Of Breed by judge Paula Hartinger at the Greater Orange Park Dog Club show in Elkton, Florida for a 3-point major.

On March 21, 2015, Boo won a 4-point major at the New Brunswick Kennel Club show under judge Barbara Pepper to finish her AKC Championship.

At the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February of 2015, Tag was named Reserve Winners Bitch by judge Cindy Vogels.

Charlie and Boo

Tag struts her stuff in the ring

Boo and Tag show off the ribbons they won
at the Long Island AKC dog shows
September 27-29, 2013

On February 7, 2014,
BlackFire October Surprise "Boo"
earned her first AKC Major
at the Progressive Dog Club show in New York City
under judge Judy Webb

In April of 2014, Hubbell took
Best of Winners
at the Heartland Dog Club of Florida

Then in July, Boo took Best of Winners
at the Twin Brooks Kennel Club show
for her second major!

 

Tag strikes a pose for the camera

On February 11, 2013, Dylan was awarded
Reserve Winners Dog at the Westminster Dog Show
by Judge Charlotte Patterson

Proud grandfather and breeder!

On May 18, 2013, Dylan was awarded
Winners Dog and Best of Winners
under Judge Jocelyne Gagne
at the Ladies' Kennel Association show
in Oyster Bay, New York
... his second major!

on December 1, 2013,
Ch. BlackFire Simple Twist of Fate - "Dylan"
finished his AKC Championship
at the South Dade Kennel Club show
under breed judge Elaine Lessig

On June 10, 2011, at the Cavaliers of the Northeast specialty in Danbury, CT,
judge Jacqueline Rusby awarded Flair

(BlackFire Shows Class)
Reserve Best in Show, Best Tricolor in Show, and Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show.

At the COS/CMW Specialty Weekend
in Nashville - Dec 3-5, 2010,
AKC Ch. BlackFire Trifecta, "Derby,"
was awarded Reserve Best in Show
by judge Kathy Aycock!

Bramble is an accomplished Agility dog...

...She holds AKC titles in both Standard and

Jumpers with Weaves.

Front:
CKCSC and AKC Champion Chadwick Bewitched at Blackfire "Sammi"

On chaise:
Chadwick Pinckney at Blackfire "Pinck"
Blackfire At The Garden "Madison" (Sammi's daughter)
Blackfire Irish Amber "Murphy"

BlackFire Irish Amber   "Murphy"

Chadwick Pinckney at BlackFire   "Pinck"

Four generations of BlackFire Cavaliers:
Chadwick Blackout at BlackFire "Widget"  front left
Daughter Ch. Chadwick September Song at BlackFire "Bexley"  back right
Grandson BlackFire Irish Amber "Murphy"  back left
and Great-Grandsons BlackFire Giblet Gravy "Albert"  bottom center
and BlackFire Pilgrim's Pride "Pilgrim"  bottom right

On February 13, 2012, Derby competed
at the Westminster Kennel Club show
 at Madison Square Garden in New York

Derby wins Best Tricolor in Show
Cavaliers of the Northeast
Baltimore, Maryland
June 7, 2008

Our little French girl,
Brown Sugar of Woodville at Blackfire
"Brûlée"

Bred by Wendy L'Hote

of Garancieres, France

Brûlée's pups all grown up

Left to Right:
BlackFire Sweden's French Kiss "Flirt"
BlackFire Aquavit n Bordeaux "Bracer"
BlackFire Emil's Billet-Doux "Madeline"
and 
Brown Sugar of Woodville at Blackfire "Brûlée"

CKCSK and AKC Champion
Chadwick Bewitched at Blackfire

"Samantha"

2001-2015
Pictured here at 6 months of age.

Sammi lived to be 14 1/2 years old,
and produced lots of terrific puppies, granpuppies, and great-grandpuppies!

On April 3, 2005, Sammi (right) was named
Reserve Winners Bitch
at the Cavaliers of the South specialty in Atlanta,
and finished her CKCSC-USA championship!

Pictured here next to Winners Bitch
CKCSC Champion and English Champion
Ricksbury Royal Temptation at Pinecrest

Chadwick Pinckney at Blackfire
"Pinck"

 

Pinck passed away at the age of 13.

 

(Photo by Alyssa McLaughlin

BlackFire Images)

AKC and CKCSC Champion

Chadwick September Song at Blackfire
"Bexley"

1997-2013

Bexley turned heads throughout the Cavalier world when she was named Best In Show at a Cavaliers of the Northeast specialty by judge Lydia Coleman Hutchinson, just 3 weeks before her 13th birthday!

 

On December 3, 2010

Judge Barb Curley awarded Bexley

Reserve Winners Bitch,

which made her a new CKCSC, USA

Champion at the age of 13!

Ch. Chadwick September Song at Blackfire
"Bexley"
with her mother,

Chadwick Blackout at Blackfire
"Widget"

We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.  If we cannot place a puppy with you, we will make sure to put you in touch with a responsible breeder.  We also welcome questions or comments from fellow Cavalier owners.

To see more of our puppies, click on the Puppy Pictures link below.

Having problems raising a puppy?  Visit our Puppy Training page for some help!

Also, if you're new to Cavaliers, don't miss our Health Issues page for a brief summary of what you should know about avoiding potential health problems.  Follow the link on that page for more detailed information.

 

Our Favorite Links

For more information about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, we highly recommend these sites:
East Coast Cavalier Breeders
The Cavalier Infocenter
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, USA

Meadowlands Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
Chadwick Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Dallarock Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
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