All of our Cavaliers are pets first, they are in the house, lounging around, basically living the life of royalty!
Our cavalier club organizes 3 all breed health clinics each year, and I have been the person organizing them since we initiated offering them to breeders in the valley over 10 years ago. Needless to say, I am a proponent of performing the important breed specific health tests on my Cavaliers.
My cavaliers have their eyes examined by a board certified ophthalmologist by the time they are 1 year old. They have their hearts checked by a board certified cardiologist annually. They have their patella's checked, and have radiographs of their hips by the time they are 2 years old. They are either tested for EF & DE/CC or are clear by default (what that means is their parents and/or their grandparents are clear therefore the puppies will automatically be clear as well).