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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Playful, affectionate and sociable

About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sporty companion dog known for their large, gentle eyes and sweet expression. They combine a deep, abiding love for humans with an equally deep love for play. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the ideal family pet for anyone who wants a loyal, playful dog. They’re suited to both low- and high-activity households and get on with kids, dogs, and strangers. 

They’re adaptable and easy-going, and will easily mould to fit their owner’s preferred lifestyle. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wants nothing more than to please their family member, and is equally comfortable lounging around at home as they are adventuring outdoors.

cavalier king charles spaniel on a wood floor

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Characteristics

30 to 33 cm at the shoulder

13 to 18 pounds

Life Expectancy
10 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Blenheim, ruby, black and tan, tricolour

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed History

Toy spaniels are depicted in 16th to 18th century paintings created by notable masters of the time, such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. Today’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are descendants of those dogs.

These dogs take their name from the British monarch King Charles I. The 17th-century British monarch himself owned several toy spaniels who accompanied him wherever he went.

English nobles were famously fond of these little dogs, with Mary, Queen of Scots being accompanied to her execution by one of her dogs.

During the 19th century the breed would be crossed with Asian breeds, changing the shape of the dog’s skull and face into what we see today in modern Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Caring For a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

How to Choose a Responsible Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breeder

The breeder you choose to get your dog from is the biggest choice you’ll have to make as a dog owner. This choice will affect your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s health and temperament, so buying your dog from a responsible Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder is of the utmost importance. The breeder you’re getting your dog from should know the genetic profile of all their breeding animals and should be testing for common health issues.

When looking for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for sale, try to visit the breeder and meet the dam and stud. Also check on the living conditions of the animals, as this is where your puppy will spend the first eight weeks of their life.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel FAQ

No, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have a dependent personality and do not do well without their owners.

No. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may bark when someone comes to the door, but they are not good guard dogs. They won’t protect your property, and will likely welcome any intruders with open paws.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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