Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are toy dogs known for their affection and courage.
Bred as lap dogs (to keep ladies warm on long carriage journeys) they were closely
associated with Charles II. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a return to the
longer nose variety that was commonly known as the King Charles Spaniel of this day.
The spaniel is thought to have originated from Spain and been developed in England.
The Cavalier was bred for companionship and entertainment.
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include fish, poultry, natural meat and bone and seasonal
vegetables and fruits.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a toy dog breed from the spaniel family. They
are good-natured and affectionate and known to be fearless. They are extremely patient
and love company and play. They have an uncanny ability to bond with humans and other
dogs of all sizes making them a very versatile dog.
Hailing from the Spaniel, the cavalier has an instinctive hunting sense and will
often be seen chasing small animals and birds. Their love of people makes them an
unlikely guard dog, however their enthusiasm for life and undying affection makes
them a popular choice for household pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Appearance
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an active, graceful and well-balanced dog. The
UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 30-33 cms for a male and 29-30 cms for a
female. Weight from 5-8 kgs.
The Cavalier is distinct from the King Charles Spaniel on account of a longer snout
and nose (reflecting what the King Charles Spaniel used to look like around the time
of the Restoration before inter-breeding with Pugs and alike attracted the now common
King Charles features).
The Cavalier is found in many colours however The Kennel Club officially only recognises
4: Black and Tan, Ruby, Blenheim and Tricolour.
A Cavalier’s coat is long and silky in texture. Its tail and feet are well-feathered
and proportionate to body size. Docking of the tail was optional generally taking
no more than one third away.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small, elegant and sporty dogs. They have large
dark eyes, large feathered ears and a flat skull.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Facts
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel History
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels evolved from the King Charles Spaniel and are part
of the Spaniel family. The spaniel is thought to have originated from Spain by definition.
The King Charles Spaniel came to the fore in the reign of Charles I & Charles II.
Interbreeding with other toy breeds, notably the Pug saw the evolution of the shorter
snout and nose. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has been bred since the turn of
the 20th Century to recreate the look of the pre-Restoration King Charles Spaniel.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Known Disorders
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia, eye disorders,
heart problems and neurological trauma.