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King Charles Cavalier Spaniel

King Charles Cavalier Breed Information:

Although he's born to be a companion, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel retains the sporty nature of his spaniel ancestors. If he's not sitting on a lap or getting a belly rub, nothing makes him happier than to flush a bird and then attempt to retrieve it. One of the largest of the toy breeds, he's often as athletic as a true sporting breed and enjoys hiking, running on the beach, and dog sports such as agility, flyball and rally. Some have even shown their prowess as hunting dogs. The more restful members of the breed find success as family friends and therapy dogs.

King Charles Cavalier Size:

Height: 30-45cm, Weight: 7-14kg

King Charles Cavalier Life Span:

10-15 years

King Charles Cavalier Temperament:

Cavaliers are a naturally well behaved, sweet natured and intelligent breed. They tend to be friendly with other dogs and are known to be good with children, given they are properly socialised as a puppy. Outgoing and sure of themselves, Cavaliers are affectionate individuals with a strong personality. Being a highly intelligent and eager to please breed they tend to be fast learners.

King Charles Cavalier Grooming:

Cavaliers will require brushing every couple of days, to ensure their fur does not tangle and matt and to remove any dead coat. During the warmer months it is a good idea to have them professionally groomed and clipped back so they do not overheat. This should be done every 6-8 weeks while it’s hot. It is important to keep their nails trimmed to avoid impairing their walking ability, and to regularly check their eyes and ears to keep them clean and healthy.

King Charles Cavalier Exercise Requirements:

As Cavaliers are known to commonly experience weight problems, it is best to get them into a daily walk routine and regular exercise from playtime at home. If they are well socialised and outgoing, it is also a good idea to take them to parks or other pet friendly areas, where they can interact with other dogs and people.

King Charles Cavalier History:

In the 1700's Cavaliers were abundant in British Royalty, and inherited their name from their close association with King Charles II, who adored the breed and had many of his own.

Did you know?

Due to their sweet and gentle character, Cavaliers are commonly used as therapy companions to visit hospitals and special care facilities.