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The Cavalier King Charles

The characteristics of the breed

Cavalier King Charles Temperament

Even if his origins refer to his qualities as a hunter, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel now enjoys the role of life companion much more. He has become an example of a devoted companion dog attached to his masters. His affectionate, friendly, happy character, his small size and his docility make him a highly appreciated companion dog. The Cavalier is a versatile dog and has a great ability to adapt and for this reason, he is as comfortable living in an apartment as in the countryside. Quiet and calm at times, he never misses the opportunity to curl up on the thighs of the first person to sit, but can also turn into a little ball of energy and be an excellent playmate, showing his happiness by moving constantly in line.

Note: The Cavalier King Charles does not tolerate loneliness. He is so attached to his family that he cannot bear to be separated from them for very long. If your work schedule requires you to be away all day, this is probably not the breed to choose!​

Cavalier Appearance and Maintenance

Well-proportioned, this small, harmonious medium-breed dog weighs around 12 to 22 pounds and stands around 12 to 13 inches tall.

His hair is silky, without curl, but with a slight wave. Abundant feathering is found on the ears, on the chest, under the belly, on the tail, behind and on the legs.

Its maintenance is very simple. A good diet, daily brushing and a few shampoos a year are enough to keep his coat soft and shiny. As his ears are droopy, they require special attention. The maintenance of teeth and claws is also very important.

There are four coat colors: Blenheim - Tricolor - Black & Fire - Ruby







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Not to be confused with the Cavalier King Charles, here is his cousin; the English Toy Spaniel. He wears the same four robes, but has a flat nose. 


Common illnesses and health problems in
Cavalier King Charles

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain illnesses more than others.

Of course, not all Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will suffer from one or the other of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them if you are considering adopting a dog of this breed.

On average, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel live 9 to 14 years.

And unfortunately, it is not always old age that is the cause of death for these dogs.

Some Cavalier King Charles Spaniel develop recurring health issues with the breed, which can result in a shorter life.

There are also certain diseases that your dog can get that don't necessarily shorten his life, but decrease his quality of life.

Cavaliers are more prone than others to certain eye conditions (including retinal problems and cataracts), patella luxation, hip dysplasia, middle ear infections, heart disease and a neurological condition called syringomyelia.

But rest assured, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be screened for all of these conditions and most of them live comfortably into old age.

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