Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-What sort of dog is it?

  • By: Mick Whitefield
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As the name implies this dog originates in England having been closely associated with King Charles the II of England. Looking very similar to the smaller King Charles Spaniel these dogs are larger at a height of 12 to 13inches ( 30 to 33cms) and weighing in at just 13 to 18lbs (6 to 8kgs). They have a long silky coat and come in colours such as Ruby (solid red), Blenheim (red + white), black and tan and Tricolour.

King Charles Cavalier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Red

Origin: ~ England.
Bred for: ~ Lap dogs, flushing birds from heathers and brush undergrowth.
Coat: ~ Long and Silky in colours of Ruby, Blenheim (red & White), Black & Tan, Tri-colour.
Height: ~ 12 to 13 inches or 30 to 33cms.
Weight: ~ 13 to 18lbs or 6 to 8kgs.
Lifespan: ~ 10 to 14 years.

AKC Registry – Toy Group.

History of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Originally bred for flushing small birds from undergrowth once adopted by Charles II this breed became a lap dog. As a “Lap Dog” they became well known as foot warmers and a substitute for hot water bottles.

The Cavalier King Charles breed changed quite dramatically late in the 17th century, when it was interbred with some flat-nosed breeds.

Until the 1920s, the Cavalier shared the same history as the smaller King Charles Spaniel. Breeders attempted to recreate what they considered to be the original configuration of the breed after a wealthy American offered some outlandish money for the best old type Spaniels, thus encouraging their heritage and preservation.

Temperament of the Cavalier

Cavaliers are sweet, gentle and playful. Willing to please, affectionate and quiet. They are friendly toward strangers other dogs and household pets such as cats.

Health and Upkeep of the Cavalier

With a lifespan of 10 to 14yrs these dogs are generally healthy but can attain health problems later in life such as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and heart problems.
A good moderate regular daily walk will abate or even dispel many of these issues until later in life.
You will need to brush their cots on a regular basis, daily will make life easier for you and them.

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