About Kings Cavalier Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club, that originated in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, it has grown in popularity in the United States and ranks as the 19th most popular pure-breed in the United States. It has a silky, smooth coat and commonly a smooth undocked tail. The breed standard recognizes four colors: Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black/white/tan), Black and Tan, and Ruby. The breed is generally friendly, affectionate and good with both children and other animals; however, they require a lot of human interaction. Since they are family dogs, it is recommended to not leave one alone for long periods at a time.
Life expectancy: 9 – 14 years
Temperament: Sociable, Fearless, Affectionate, Patient, Playful, Adaptable
Colors: Black & Tan, Tri-color, Blenheim, Ruby
Weight: Male: 13 – 18 Pounds (Adult), Female: 13 – 18 Pounds (Adult)
Height: Male: 11 – 12 Inches (Adult), Female: 11 – 12 Inches (Adult)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are easy to groom. Their medium-length coat only requires a weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Twice a year the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will shed heavily, and brushing may need to occur several times per week. Frequently bathing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will cause the natural weatherproof oils in the hair to break down, so it is important to only bath a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as-needed. They are naturally clean dogs, so most owners typically only need to bathe their dogs once every three or four months. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s ears should be checked on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean them with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog’s ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, like other farm dogs, are excellent watchdogs. They sound the alarm that uninvited people or animals are on the horizon, which can get out of hand if not nipped in the bud at an early age. Proper socialization is important, so that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel doesn’t become mistrustful of all strangers. They will also bark if left alone for long periods of time, so apartment and condo dwellers should take this into consideration before adopting a King Charles Spaniel. While they get along fine with children, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can exhibit dominance over small children, and they have been known to attempt to herd groups of kids. Because their herding behavior involves the nipping of heels, playtime should always be supervised.