The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful, small spaniel breed. Their large eyes are round, dark, and expressive, and their feathered tail is sometimes docked. They have a flat skull and a conical muzzle with a proportionately long, well-developed nose and wide nostrils. Their feathered ears are long and hanging. The coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is sometimes slightly wavy, always silky, and exists in ruby, black & tan, tri-color and Blenheim (pearly white background with chestnut markings). On the Blenheim variety, a chestnut-colored spot exists on top of the head, between the ears.
The Cavaliers slope is shallow. The Cavalier is slightly larger then the King Charles Spaniel. Most are very easy to train and rarely noisy.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is eager, affectionate, and playful. They are lively, outgoing, and they constantly aim to please. They are intelligent enough to be responsive to commands, and they are usually easy to train. They are naturally well behaved and almost always get along well with other pets and animals. This breed needs lots of companionship and they need to be around people to feel happy. They sometimes possess a chasing instinct, and they shouldn’t be left off a leash out in the open. They do best with older, more considerate children, and they can sometimes be leery of strangers. They make excellent companions and they perform well in competitive obedience. They have a great sense of smell and sight, and they can be utilized in short hunts over open country.
12 – 13 inches
Length:30-33cm or 12-13 inches.
10 – 18 pounds
Male: 13-18 pounds Female: 10-17 pounds
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is susceptible to hereditary eye disease, dislocated kneecaps, back troubles, ear infections, hearing problems, and syringomyelia. Hip dysplasia is also occasionally seen. This breed should not be overfed because of their propensity to put on weight. Some lines of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genetically disposed to the early onset of a serious heart problem that can sometimes cause early death. It’s important for owners to check the medical history of specimens before selecting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breed typically lives for 9 to 14 years.
Look out for Heatstroke, the symptoms of heatstroke are rapid panting, thick, bubbling saliva, staggering, and collapse. Mitral valve disease is a common heart problem in Cavaliers. Check the health history of parents and grandparents when selecting a Cavalier.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a descendant from the King Charles Spaniel. Other small, toy spaniels that have been seen in many sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth century paintings are also likely to be contributors of the breed. Breeders of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel were attempting to produce a dog that was similar to the ones depicted in portraits during the time of England’s Charles II. King Charles II was said to have doted upon these small types of spaniels. In the 1920’s, an American by the name of Roswell Eldridge offered prize money to any person who exhibited a King Charles Spaniel with a long nose. By the 1940’s, these dogs were given the prefix “Cavalier”, and were classified as their own separate breed. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was first shown in 1996 in the Toy Group of the AKC.
The silky coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should be brushed or combed on a regular basis. It should be dry shampooed as necessary. The feathered hair around the ears is susceptible to tangles and knots, so it is important for this breed to be thoroughly groomed on a frequent basis. The hair between the pads of the feet should be trimmed, and ears should be cleaned and inspected. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an average shedder.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is well-suited for life in a small household or apartment. They are comparatively active indoors and will do fine with just a small yard. They do not particularly like warm weather conditions. Whatever exercise owners can provide will be appreciated, but it is not necessary to provide a rigorous physical routine. They enjoy going for brisk walks and romps in the park.
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