Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Noble King Charles!


Behavior common of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet and loving dog. This breed is playful and loving toward owners, often wanting to spend a great deal of time with them. They love to cuddle and make perfect companions. This also means, though, that the dog should not be left alone for long periods of time. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel doesn’t require a lot of exercise, but they do like to play and can have their meets met through active games. The breed is exceptionally friendly, but this plays to their disadvantage as watchdogs- they simply warm up to new people too quickly!

On that note, this friendly breed gets along beautifully with children and other dogs and pets. Around children, the breed is playful and patient. Children should be instructed on how to play with and pet dogs properly before being introduced to any dog. Their mild-mannered personalities make them simple to train, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel responds favorably to positive reinforcement methods of training.  With proper socialization and training, this breed makes for an affectionate pet that is great with children, other people, and pets alike.

Appearance of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel weighs in at 10 to 18 pounds and grows to be 12 to 13 inches tall in height. Their medium-length, silky coats come in black and tan, black and white, reddish-brown, or chestnut. Feathering (long, silky growths of hair) on the ears, legs, chest, feet, and tail is a feature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Grooming the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This breed is fairly easy to groom. Their coats shed dirt easily, so frequent baths and brushing are not necessary. Instead, regular brushing routines will do the trick. During brushing, special care should be taken to attend to the feathering on this breed’s ears, tail, stomach, and legs. Feathering refers to the long, silky hair that grows in the previously mentioned areas. Simply brushing these areas during grooming will prevent painful and unattractive tangling and matting. A comb and slicker brush can be used to remove tangles. More frequent brushing can prevent some shedding and reduce the amount of hair that falls around the home.

Additionally, the  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will require regular nail clippings and proper dental care to remain healthy. Like other dogs, the occasional bath and ear cleaning will also serve them well.

History of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

This breed descends from small spaniels that were often revered as lapdogs and companions for aristocrats and royals. King Charles I and his son, King Charles II, held a special affinity for the breed and eventually lent their name to it. Breeders then took it upon themselves to refine the breed, creating the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that we know today. Today, the breed continues to make huge leaps in popularity, quickly growing to be a favorite of people from many reaches of the world.