Project Description

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  • Dog Breed Group:  Companion Dogs

  • Recommended for: Families

  • Maintenance Level: Low – medium

  • Life Span: 9-14 years

  • Height: 30 to 33cm

  • Weight:5 to 8 kgs

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Overview

 The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a beautiful, small dog, equipped with a long coat, long ears and feathered tail and chest. It is classified as a toy breed and developed by breeding Pugs with King Charles Spaniels.

It has a stubby and short nose as a result of breeding with a pug. It is a classy and aristocratic dog, favoured by royals of the 17th century. They are very energetic, affectionate and eager dogs. They enjoy in human contact and they are perfect for children. Of course, as any other dogs, you should supervise them with smaller children, because it is very small and child could often think that it is a toy.

This breed comes in different variety of colours such as:

  • Tan and black
  • White
  • Red
  • Mahogany red

The average size could reach 33 cm.
Weight could go up to 8 kg.
Life expectancy is approximately 14 years.

  • Suitability for Children – High
  • Tendency to Bark – Medium
  • Energy – Medium
  • Suitability as a Guard Dog – Low
  • Grooming Requirements –  Once a Week
  • Trimming Required – None
  • Amount of hair shed –  Little
  • Food Cost –  $5 to $10
  • Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $58
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Origin of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

It was named after King Charles II of England because he was fond of small spaniels that were amazingly popular in that time. During the 17th and 18th century, royals bred pugs with spaniels, and the combination produced shorter spaniel with the pug-like nose. Spaniels remained popular in England afterwards, but breeding began in the middle of 19th century.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered as very kind, gentle and good natured. They have the compliant and easy-going temperament, which makes them perfect for families with young children. They are especially good in case that you have other pets in the house.
They are very people-oriented, which means that they need a frequent human contact. They are prone to chase smaller animals and cars, which means that you have to walk them frequently in order to lose their energy. But have in mind that leash is essential.They are easy to train, but you have to be an authoritative figure. It is important to keep being dominant and deliver discipline.

Common Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Conditions and Diseases

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca – This particular condition is widely known as dry eye, and it is caused by animal’s tear glands. You have to keep an eye on irritated eyes because when it is diagnosed it can be easily fixed.

Interesting Facts

  • This breed has been the favourite pet of King Charles II of England.
  • It is best to sleep indoors because they can develop breathing problems during the extreme heat.

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