The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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This is a sweet and gentle breed, lively and good with children. Only recently accepted as an AKC breed, they are the number one toy in Great Britain.

The Cavalier is a sweet and gentle sporting dog in miniature. Wonderful around children, their biggest desire in life is to please their owners. Their silky coats come in four colors – Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan.





This is a lovely example of the ruby color.



This photo shows the difference between this breed and its close cousin the English Toy Spaniel. Note the more exaggerated face of the ETS in the background.

History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was originally an ancient breed and a favorite of Charles II of England. But over time the breed changed, fell out of favor and disappeared.

Fanciers in the 1800’s, observing the Van Dyck paintings of small, medium-nosed spaniels frolicking around their monarch, wanted to re-create this sweet and willing breed. They obviously did a great job; though only recognized by the AKC since 1995, the Cavalier has long been the favorite Toy Dog in England.









The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel by the Numbers

Size: 12´to 13” at the shoulder and 13 to 18 pounds.
Coat Care: 3 – Low; requires weekly brushing and an occasional bath, but no trimming.





Trainability: 8: quite willing and eager to please.
Energy level: 5 Cavaliers are medium energy level. Above all else they want to be with their people.
Good with Children: 10





This breed is one of the best small dogs for kids as this patient dog demonstrates.

Noise level: low -- 3
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 3
Cavaliers shed quite a bit and are not hypoallergenic





To find a quality breeder, first read What Is a Responsible Breeder. Discover if you have what it takes with What Makes a Responsible Owner, then start your puppy search with the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of America. Good luck with your new dog!









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