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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies are happy, gentle, and friendly dogs that love to cuddle, entertain, and impress. These little joy bringers have loving personalities and great devotion towards their owners. They enjoy performing cute puppy stunts and are known for their generous affection and contagiously good mood.  

A member of the Toy group, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is small in stature standing at 12 to 13 inches tall and weighing an average of 12 to 18 pounds. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a slightly rounded face, a small conical muzzle, big round dark eyes, long floppy ears, and a long-feathered tail.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Regularly TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Cheerful, Courageous, Gentle, Social ADULT WEIGHT 12-18 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 12-13 in LIFE SPAN 9-14 yrs

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Characteristics

  • The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are easy to train and love a good challenge to stimulate their brilliant minds
  • Gentle, playful and cuddly, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are friends to everyone they meet – friendly with children of all ages, dogs, cats, other household pets, and strangers
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are highly adaptable, they are as happy and as comfortable in a small apartment as they are in a big family house
  • Highly affectionate and devoted, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known to form life long bonds
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are charming, comic, and affectionate little cuddle buddies, they are well-balanced, have an intuitive nature and they make great therapy dogs
  • Well-mannered, with a gentle nature and a sweet disposition, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is best suited for families with or without children, singles and seniors 

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Appearance

A toy-sized pooch, the cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is small in stature, standing at 12 to 13 inches tall with an average weight of 12 to 18 pounds. These perfect little dogs are athletic, strong, and agile. Their appearance is friendly, warm, and kind.  

Elegant and graceful, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs have a small sturdy-built body, a strong flat back, a slightly rounded precious face, a small conical muzzle, big round dark expressive eyes, long floppy ears, and a long-feathered tail. Their coats are long, soft, and silky and can come in various colors such as black, gray, white, red, or cream.

The most common Cavalier King Charles spaniel colors and color combinations are:

  • Blenheim Cavalier King Charles spaniel - light brown to red spots on a white background
  • Tricolor Cavalier King Charles spaniel - black and dark brown spots on a white background
  • Black and tan Cavalier King Charles spaniel  
  • Ruby Cavalier King Charles spaniel - ruby red

Rare Cavalier King Charles spaniel colors are:

  • Black Cavalier King Charles spaniel – solid black coat
  • Brown Cavalier King Charles spaniel – solid brown coat
  • Black and white Cavalier King Charles spaniel  

Although the breed’s popularity has always been high, professional dog breeders have only just begun breeding these dogs down in size. As of 2001, the Cavalier spaniel can be found in 4 size variations:

  • Standard Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Mini Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Toy Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Teacup Cavalier King Charles spaniel  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are fun, friendly, and playful dogs that love everyone they meet. They have a gentle, sweet, and affectionate nature; love to play and cuddle in equal measure and are fantastic therapy dogs. Loyal and highly devoted with a great deal of love in their big, beautiful hearts, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known to form lifelong bonds, love unconditionally, and be inseparable from their human family.  

Known to be highly intelligent and easy-going with a great desire to learn, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel finds training sessions just as fun as any canine game. Jolly and always ready to have a good time, these fun-loving dogs are the perfect friends, especially for children. They are patient enough for toddlers and spunky enough to keep older kids entertained. These small dogs also lack aggression and are not jumpy, reactive, or easily scared.  

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a lively, active, and adventurous dog that enjoys outdoor activities such as running, swimming, hiking, and fetching.  

King Cavalier Spaniel dogs are athletic, strong, and fast. They are excellent at sporting competitions and dog sports, being especially great at agility, rally, and fly-ball.  

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Care

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Grooming

Cavalier Spaniels have moderate maintenance requirements when it comes to grooming. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a moderately shedding dog breed. Their luxurious long coats need brushing daily in order to avoid tangles and mats. To maintain their coats silky and shiny, a bath is recommended every 4 to 6 weeks. Nail trimming, ear cleaning, and under paw care should also be done regularly, preferably every month. The Cavalier spaniel should also be taken to a professional groomer 3-4 times a year for dental care.  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Exercise Needs

Cavalier Spaniels are moderately active dogs. They enjoy activities like hiking, swimming, jogging, playing Frisbee, and fetching. They also like to compete and are known to excel in canine sports. A daily walk or two and some active playtimes indoors are enough to keep them happy and in their best shape.  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Health

As with most small purebred dog breeds, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel breed can develop certain health conditions such as hip dysplasia, cataracts, luxating patella, or allergies. A heart condition called Mitral Valve disease is also common in Cavalier Spaniels.  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Life Span

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel lifespan is on average between 9 and 14 years. Cavalier King Charles spaniel life expectancy can increase over 16 years with proper care, regular vet checks, quality dog food, and an exercise routine tailored to their needs. The oldest living Cavalier King Charles spaniel is currently 19 years old.  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Training

Cavalier Spaniels are brilliant dogs. They are fast learning students with eager to please personalities. They rarely need socialization during puppyhood as they are friendly and naturally open to meeting new people.  

Cavalier Spaniels love to be mentally stimulated with canine puzzle games, complex tricks, and commands. They are easy to potty train, leash train, and socialize, and they can also take on more intensive training in agility, rally, and obedience.  

Cavalier Spaniels crave attention and affection. They are highly devoted and loyal and can become overly attached to their owners which can sometimes lead to separation anxiety. It is best to leave them home alone for a few minutes each day when they are still puppies in order to avoid any kind of destructive behavior later on.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, also known as “the Comforter” or “the Spaniel Gentle”, is the biggest member of the American Kennel Club’s Toy group and part of the canine world aristocracy.  

Having originated in England during the 17th century, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel quickly became the favorite pet of the Royal House of England. A companion pet for kings and queens, aristocrats, and noble families, the Cavalier Spaniel has been associated with a life of luxury for centuries.  

Depicted in paintings, drawings, and goblin tapestries, this gorgeous canine has often been called a “royal dog” adored by the ladies of the court.  

King Charles I was so fascinated by the small-sized Spaniels (one of his favorites being the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) that the breed was eventually named after him. King Charles II, the heir of King Charles I, was the one who perpetuated the breed, and it is said about him that “His Majesty was seldom seen without his little dogs.”  
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel breed entered the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a member of the Club’s Toy Group.  

Thanks to the breed’s great popularity, professional breeders chose these smart and loving companion pets for a variety of Cavalier King Charles spaniel mixes/crossbreeds such as:

  • Cavapoo – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle mix  
  • Chilier – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Chihuahua mix
  • Beaglier – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Beagle mix
  • Cavamalt – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Maltese mix
  • Cava-Tzu – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih Tzu mix

The most popular Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix is the Cavapoo – a stunning toy-sized hybrid/doodle dog that inherits the Poodle’s hypoallergenic qualities and the Cavalier spaniel’s excellent personality.

Today, the stunning and agile Cavalier spaniels are renowned champions in dog sports as well as adored contestants of the canine show ring. They are ranked as the 18th most popular small dog breed in the United States and one of the favorite companion pets in England.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? The cavalier is a toy spaniel that was originally bred to warm the laps of queens of England in drafty castles and on chilly carriage rides.

Are Cavaliers good with children? Cavaliers are excellent with children, but the age of the children is an important factor in choosing a puppy. Because Cavalier puppies are so small, many breeders will not sell young puppies to families with children under the age of five. An older puppy or adult dog will be more suitable for such families. Small children should always be well supervised when around a delicate puppy.

How much grooming do Cavaliers require? Cavaliers require daily to weekly brushing to prevent tangles and mats and to maintain their long, silky coat.

How small are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels? This breed measures between 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulders with a weight between 13 to 18 lbs.

Do Cavaliers bark a lot? No. Cavaliers are not known for being vocal, which does not make them a good choice for a watch dog. Like any dog they may let out a happy bark when there is a visitor or another dog passing by, but in general they are pretty laid back.

What is the temperament of a Cavalier? These sweet little pups are the epitome of companionship since they were initially introduced as lap dogs. They have a gentle and friendly nature making them an ideal pet for a family with children or other animals.

How much exercise will the Cavalier require? Cavaliers have quite a bit of energy so adequate exercise is very important. These dogs love games of chase and swimming, which are both excellent choices for exercise. They will also need 1 to 2 daily walks to keep them fit and healthy.

Do Cavaliers travel well? Yes! In fact, this little one will be happy to go on any errand or adventure that you plan. However, it is important to get them used to car rides and traveling at a young age.

What is the lifespan of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? The average life expectancy is between 8 to 12 years.

What are popular Cavalier mixed breeds? The most common mixed breeds of Cavalier are the Cockalier – Cocker Spaniel King Charles Mix, the Cavapoo – The Cavalier Poodle Mix and the Beaglier – The Beagle Cavalier King Charles Mix.

Are Cavaliers good with senior citizens? Yes! Retirees, or "empty nesters," find the companionship, temperament, small size and easy maintenance ideal. They are true companion dogs who give lots of affection and love. They are an excellent partner for seniors who need a walking partner.

What is the difference between a Cavalier King Charles and a King Charles Spaniel? A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a longer muzzle than their King Charles counterparts. The King Charles Spaniel has a much flatter muzzle and they have distinctly domed heads whereas Cavaliers have much flatter heads. Cavaliers have a strong scissor bite whereas a King Charles Spaniel’s jaw is slightly undershot. Additionally, Cavaliers tend to be slight larger than their King counterparts. Their temperaments also differ- Cavaliers are a bit more outgoing where the Kings are a little more reserved.

Are Cavaliers okay being left alone for long periods of time? Most dogs do not enjoy being left alone, especially for long periods of time, and the Cavalier is no exception. This breed craves human interaction and attention and can develop depression and separation anxiety if left alone often or for long periods of time.

Are Cavaliers good watch dogs? If you’re looking for a watch dog you may want to keep searching. This sweet little pup is all about making new friends and are happy to greet anyone who comes there way.

Are Cavaliers easy to train? Thanks to their lineage in sporting, the Cavalier has adopted the ability to learn and follow commands. They’re eager to please and considered easy to train.

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