Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a happy, outgoing dogs who thrive on companionship. Cavaliers are highly affectionate, playful, extremely patient and eager to please. They are also wonderful with children and other dogs! Cavaliers are one of the smallest breeds of spaniels but one of the largest toy breeds.
Weight: 10 - 18 lbs.
Colors: Tri-color, blenheim, ruby, black & tan.
Coat: Cavaliers have medium-length coats that are silky to the touch and may be slightly wavy. Adult Cavaliers have feathering on their ears, chest, legs, feet and tail.
Temperament: Eager, affectionate, happy, outgoing, naturally well behaved, love companionship
With Children: Yes, loving human companionship, they will play tirelessly with children.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Family pet, they have a hunting background so there is that instict to chase.
Care and Training: Your Cavalier will shed, especially in the spring and fall. Regular combing and brushing is required. Cavaliers require moderate exercise.
Learning Rate: Medium
Activity: Medium - High
Living Environment: Do well indoors with semi constant companionship.
Health Issues: Mitral valve disease, Syringomyelia, Primary secretory otitis media
Life Span: 9-15 years
History: Cavaliers were found in royal courts and noble homes in Spain, France, England and Scotland and were often prominently featured in their owners’ portraits. Named for King Charles II, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is descended from the King Charles Spaniel. In the late 1600s the King Charles Spaniels were interbred with Pugs, which resulted in a smaller dog with flatter noses, upturned faces, rounded heads and protruding eyes. The consequence of this breeding is what we know today as the King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel). In the 1920s an American was looking for dogs similar to those appearing in Van Dyck's paintings of King Charles II and his spaniels, before the Pug was bred in. He was unsuccessful in finding it, but interest was generated among breeders to revive the original spaniel. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed, as we know it today, is the product of the American breeders of the late 1920s, though this 'modern' breed is the true heir of the royal spaniels of King Charles II. By the 1940s these dogs were classified as a separate breed and were given the prefix Cavalier to differentiate them from their forebears.
First Registered by the AKC: 1995
AKC Group: Toy