Know Your Dog: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

July 27, 2016

If you’ve read our latest newsletter, you’ve already had a brief introduction to our highlighted dog — the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you’re ready to learn more about this adorable lap dog named after Charles II of Britain, you’ve come to the right place!

One of the best things about the Cavalier King Charles, aside from their regal-yet-charmingly-cute appearance, is that they are just as active and energetic as they are affectionate and cuddly. Although they are Spaniels, the Cavalier King Charles is classed in the toy dog breed by the American Kennel Club. Cavaliers love cuddles and belly rubs and are a true companion dog. They also love playing, running around, and hiking. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a great family pet as they are good with children and other dogs! These dogs do require attention, though, and dislike being left alone for extended periods of time.

You may have seen different colors of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels out and about, and that’s because they come in four different types:¬†Blenheim, Tricolor, Black & Tan, and Ruby.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live on average 10-15 years and can weigh on average 13-18 lbs.
They grow to be 12-13 inches tall.
They are very intelligent and easy to train.
Cavaliers shed… a lot!
They are elegant, graceful, and will do anything to please you!
Although they have been around for centuries, the American Kennel Club only recognized the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in 1995.

As we previously mentioned, the Cavalier King Charles is very easily trained and proven to be a friendly, trustworthy companion for children. This dog’s long coat requires weekly brushing (but no trimming) using a soft brush to keep him looking regal. The ears also need to be checked often for wax or other debris which can cause infections. Cavaliers are pretty adaptable when it comes to exercise. They are just as happy sleeping on the couch as they are taking a long walk or hike.

As with all animals, Cavaliers are susceptible to various genetic health conditions.These include juvenile cataracts and cardiac mitral valve disease. As your Cavalier ages, look out for any signs of a heart murmur, as this could be a sign of a potentially serious condition. Any eye irritation or clouding of the lens may call for treatment and/or medication. Juvenile cataracts and dry eye are known to occasionally afflict the breed, as are slipping patellas (bones in the knee). The slipping patella can be fixed with surgery.

Of course, our praise for the Cavalier might be a little biased as we have had two in the past. We can confidently say that all of this information is true!

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