Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Information

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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.

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The Cavaliers slope is shallow. The Cavalier is slightly larger then the King Charles Spaniel. Most are very easy to train and rarely noisy.

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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.

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12 – 13 inches

Length:30-33cm or 12-13 inches.
New Size : 15- 20 cm
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10 – 18 pounds

Male: 13-18 pounds Female: 10-17 pounds
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General Health

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ideal Environment

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.

They can also really enjoy the heat but not for too long.

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How well will a King Charles do with another adult dog but in a household where the owners are away 10 hours/day?Would like to get a puppy when I am off work but I will return to work eventually and would need to know that another dog's company would be ok without significant anxiety issues.

If you have time to properly train your new puppy, he/she should do fine. Your other dog would love the company. The puppy will probably chew a lot when you’re gone since she will have so much energy. As long as you can give them exercise at the end of the day, they should be happy dogs.


I have a six month old ruby girl and was just wondering about what age they first go heat

It varies depending on the dog. My friends Blenheim came into season at 9 months, mine at 8 months.


I have a 5 month old cavalier king charles,i cant seem to find a suitable food to give him,everything i give him seems to make hes toilet really loose,Could you reccomend a good food i could try.

well my dog has a sensitive stomach and i use Science Diet, try that to see if it works!!


what age do thay stop growing

They mature at between 18 months - 2 years old.


Do cav puppies lose their puppy hair? If so, at what age?? I have a 12 week old male puppy who is losing all his hair. Is this normal?

We have a 14 week old female puppy and she is also losing her coat. We discovered she had a small hernia at the same time her coat really started to change. Is this normal?


as i was read through the info about the cavalier King Charles spaniels i read that they dont like warm climates, how would they hold up in florida? is this to hot for one live in to go for walks?

Ours does just fine living every day in Key West and it gets up to 90F here. We'll walk him for two hours every night and make sure to bring a cold water bottle for him.


Please help I have a 2 year old male CKCP who is soo loved but unfortunately stinks !! He is well looked after and because of the smell i keep his belly hair very short but still he stinks. It smells like strong strong urine and litterally fills my house. I cant understand him still smelling straight after the bath. Could it be his boy bits rather than urine ?

could it be his ears, my pup also smelt constantly(like a dirty dog smell) even after bath, but now clean his ears every week with aurex ear drops, smell has gone,


our spaniel is uncontrolable at feeding time. He gobbles his food and then licks the floor, carpet or what ever he can find. We have another dog also, so we have to keep him from eating her food also.

if they both have the same problem try giving them a diffrent brand of food


I have a 6 month old male Blenheim puppy. He has reached the appropriate age for neutering but I am concerned about the possible effects of neutering on his structural growth. I was told that neutering before his growth plates have closed will encourage the dog to become "leggy" in his growth. Has anyone had this experience with their dogs ? What age should I get him neutered especially if I hope to maintain his good proportions ? He is well housebroken and so far has not displayed any marking tendencies.

people say that if you neuter your cavalier at any age that they become lazy/fat which can lead to fatal heart problems consult your vet first and ask him everything you are worried about.


We just adopted a 6 month old pup but he is very skinny. Any help to improve his appetite will be appreciated. Currently on Science Diet but he's not eating much

try putting cottage cheese in the dish as well i have found that it has worked

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