The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known for its expressive, beautiful eyes and its long fluffy ears. It skull is flat and its muzzle is conical in shape. Although they are small, their body is solid and muscular. Their coat is long and silky and usually comes in black and tan, chestnut on white (Blenheim), and ruby. Their tail is sometimes docked. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel seves well as an apartment dog, provided it is given sufficient walks.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-15 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Great apartment dog. Sensitive to cold..


Exercise Needs:
Two 30 minute walks.

Breed Group:


11 – 13 inches

12 – 18 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black and tan, rust, white

National breed club:
American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Skills

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be originally traced to the King Charles Spaniel, where it was selectively bred to get a bigger head with a flatter face. The Cavalier was bred when it was crossed with the King Charles and the Cocker Spaniel. They were popular as pets for the ladies during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, as they were essentially used as lapdogs in order to generate heat. Their current name, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was given to them due to the patronage of King Charles II, who could not travel anywhere without his spaniels. He also made a decree that is still in law today that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be allowed in public places. Though they were originally bred as hunting dogs, today they are known as show dogs and companion dogs for the individual and the family.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Personality

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an affectionate and expressive dog that is perfect for the family. They live to please people and are extremely outgoing in the process. They are well-behaved and they get along with other dogs and pets in the household. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel needs to be around people the whole day; it does not adapt well to being left alone.

Exercise Needs

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is relatively energetic and therefore needs at least an hour of exercise daily, or they will be in danger of becoming obese.

Living Conditions

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog that can suit well to the apartment life and city life so long as there is a small yard for them to play and exercise in. They do not adapt well to colder climates.

Grooming Requirements

Although the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy dog, it only needs minimal grooming. The coat needs to be brushed at least once a week with a bristle brush. The breed is known to shed.

Health Issues

As a breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a history of health problems such as heart murmurs, knee problems, ear infections, cataracts, and the major Mitral Valve Disease. They also have a tendency to obesity when fed too much.

If you liked this dog…

...try looking at the English Toy Spaniel, a member of the same breed group. It is known as a bright and affectionate dog that is naturally well-behaved, although it can come across as a little shy. If you are looking for a companion dog the English Toy Spaniel is your perfect pet.


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