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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Playful, affectionate and sociable

About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a sporty companion dog, captivates with their large, gentle eyes and sweet expression. They merge a profound love for humans with an equally intense passion for play.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels embody the perfect family pet for anyone seeking a loyal, playful dog. They fit seamlessly into both low- and high-activity households and harmonise with kids, dogs, and strangers.

They adapt effortlessly, shaping themselves to their owner’s lifestyle. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel yearns to delight their family members and is as content lounging at home as they are exploring the outdoors.

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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 appear in 16th to 18th-century paintings by notable masters such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. Today’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniels descend from those dogs.

These dogs derive their name from the British monarch King Charles I, who owned several toy spaniels that accompanied him everywhere.

English nobles adored these little dogs, with Mary, Queen of Scots, bringing one of her dogs to her execution.

During the 19th century, the breed mixed with Asian breeds, altering the shape of the dog’s skull and face to the modern Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Caring For a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

How to Choose a Responsible Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breeder

Selecting a breeder is the most significant decision you’ll make as a dog owner. This choice affects your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s health and temperament, so purchasing from a responsible breeder is crucial. The breeder should know the genetic profile of all their breeding animals and test for common health issues.

When seeking a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for sale, visit the breeder and meet the dam and stud. Inspect 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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