Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Description

There are two characteristics of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that stand out: its tender-looking eyes and its luxurious coat.. The eyes are large, dark brown, and spaced wide apart. The coat is long and wavy. The fluffy ears are set high, but hang down low and are usually the color of the predominant color of the coat. The torso is short and level, but is supported by strong hind legs and sturdy front legs. The tail flows straight from the body and hangs naturally according to the motion of the dog. Both the neck and shoulders are angular with slightly deepness. The chest is broad.

Temperament

The gentle eyes of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are parallel to its temperament. It is easy going, friendly, and playful. It appears shy, but is actually very sociable. The devotion it feels for its family is significant. It exhibits such closeness to its family members that it can barely stand to be away from them. It gets along with everyone in its family, including children and other household pets. Young children, who are often unintentionally brutal to pets, will find the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel extremely patient. It is responsive to gentle training techniques and well mannered.

Height and Weight

Male height: 11-13 inchesMale weight: 12-18 poundsFemale height:11-13 inchesFemale weight: 12-18 pounds

Health Problems

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is known for health conditions, including cataracts, knee dysfunctions, and Mitral Valve disease. Its long ears that trap bacteria makes also susceptible to develop ear infections.

Ideal Living Conditions

The breed is more suitable for cool-to-warm temperatures. However, just about any location is suitable for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It is most comfortable living indoors with its family members, but will appreciate and enjoy playing outdoors. If kept outdoors, it does not require a large enclosure. A small yard with a well-built fence is acceptable.

Exercise

If left outdoors in a medium-size yard the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very likely to obtain the daily exercise it requires. If it spends most of its time indoors it has a greater need for exercise since it can easily become inactive and gain an excessive amount of weight. Indoor types will need at least an hour of exercise each day.

Life Expectancy

An average of 12-15 years

Litter Size

An average of 3 puppies

Grooming

Surprisingly, the luxurious coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is low maintenance. It sheds, but only requires occasional brushing each week. More brushing is necessary on the legs, ears, and tail because the fur feathers in these areas and has a tendency to mat. A comb or brush can be used to keep these areas of the coat smooth and tangle free.

Origin

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was developed from the breeding of the King Charles Spaniel

Group

Toy

Color

The coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is typically features two or three colors. The most common color combination is black and tan, but a red and white coat is also common. The coat may also be a solid chestnut or mahogany red.