We challenge anyone who looks into the eyes of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel not to melt instantly. It’s not a trick either – this breed’s temperament matches its sweet facial expression perfectly. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a bit of an all-round superstar – obedient, good with children, keen to please, all topped off with a wagging tail that never seems to tire. Did we mention the Cavalier isn’t even difficult to groom, despite its silky locks?
Breed Group: Toy
Coat length: Medium
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
Grooming required?: More than once a week
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel started life as a Tudor lapdog. A King Charles Spaniel was crossed with a pug, and the result was a Spaniel whose muzzle had a hint of the Pug's compactness. Rumour has it that King Charles II was so besotted with this new breed of dog that he neglected his regal duties - it's not hard to see why.
The lifespan of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ranges from 9-14 years.
Cardiac problems and eye, hip, and knee issues are fairly common in this breed.
The genuine sweetheart
If only Cavalier King Charles Spaniels could teach humans a thing or two! This breed is known for being the very opposite of aggressive. It's very friendly towards other pets and strangers of both the human and canine variety, and is well suited to a life around children.
A medium amount of exercise
Your Cavalier King Charles will need a daily walk. If you throw in an off-leash adventure with added playtime, you're sure to find royal favour with your pooch.
Small Dog Syndrome
The temptation to 'baby' such a sweet creature is huge, but like all dogs, socialisation and training is necessary to establish a dynamic that ensures good canine behaviour.
It's not too hard to train a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Their strong instinct to please means that gentle obedience training is all that's required. However, they long for human companionship, and it's not recommended to leave this breed alone all day.
In the spirit of being pretty much the perfect pet, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is reportedly one of the easiest dogs to housebreak.
Where to find Cavaliers
Want to meet fellow Cavalier King Charles owners (and their fabulous dogs)? Find a group below.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
The Companian Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
Want to adopt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue and Welfare
Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue
The Companion Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club
Sold on the all-round brilliance of this breed? Take a look at these Kennel Club Assured Breeders.
Do you own a Cavalier?
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