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King Charles Cavalier Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a King Charles Cavalier Puppy? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a King Charles Cavalier is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my Cavalier live? 10-15 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? Low

How big will my Cavalier grow? 7-14kg 

Will a Cavalier be suitable for my family? King Charles Cavaliers are suitable for most families

What size housing is recommended for my Japanese Spitz? Backyard required

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. Unlike their other Spaniel cousins, the Cavalier is a low energy breed and is known for its success as a therapy dog, rather than a sporting dog.

King Charles Cavalier Health Issues

Mitral Valve Disease (MVD): A degeneration of the mitral valve in the heart, allowing blood to flow backward into the left atrium. In later stages of this disease the mitral valve can collapse completely and result in congestive heart failure.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): A group of retinal degeneration diseases that worsens over time and can lead to impaired vision or even blindness.

Patella Luxation: An abnormally shallow groove in the knee, which causes the knee cap (patella) to slip out of position.

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome Tendencies: A medical term that relates to multiple upper airway problems experienced in short-nosed, flat-faced breeds. These issues are due to the physical characteristics of these breeds, such as narrowed nostrils, an abnormally small windpipe or an overly long, soft palate.


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CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.