The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a re-creation from Toy Spaniels. Notably, this breed populated royal courts and noble homes in Europe from the 15th to 19th centuries. King Charles II owned many Toy Spaniels. He was rarely seen without them, and they are named after him. King Charles was accused of neglecting his duties as king so he could indulge in life with his beloved Spaniels.
Cavaliers adore being part of any family. With this in mind, they are trusting, love kids, crave attention, and easy going to everyone they encounter. True to their heritage as “comfort dogs,” Cavaliers love to sit on a lap. In particular, the Cavalier is an adaptable, flexible, and truly hardy little dog. He’s happy to roll around on the sofa with you all day, or ready for action at the last minute.
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a life expectancy from 10-14 years.
Size & Activity Level
Cavaliers range in size from 13-18 pounds. They are one of the largest breeds in the Toy Group. A born companion dog, this breed has retained
the sporty nature of his ancestors. In fact, they enjoy walks, a good hike, chasing birds and playing fetch. In general, their exercise needs are uncomplicated with indoor play or outdoor fun. To clarify, these dogs are well-suited for apartment life or country living. Cavaliers are well behaved and gentle but do have a stubborn streak. For the most part, he's a true Spaniel at heart. In any event he will attempt to chase birds, rabbits, and other small prey if he isn't kept on a leash or in a fenced yard.
Care & Grooming
The Cavalier has medium length hair, silky and slightly wavy. Consequently, they are average shedders, but easy to maintain. Daily brushing will reduce the shedding, henceforth bathe every few week to keep them smelling good.
The Cavalier coat comes in four colors: Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black and white with tan points over the eyes ), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan (black with tan points like those on the tricolor).
Large floppy ears will need to be kept clean to prevent infection. Nail trimming and tooth brushing on a regular schedule are recommended. Keeping your Cavalier on a healthy diet is always necessary. Consult your veterinarian or breeder for assistance on feeding instructions.