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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originates from...

Descending from the King Charles Spaniel, the Cavalier breed can be traced back to the royal courts of England and Europe from the 15th-19th centuries. A favourite amongst the European nobility in the 1600s, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the result of crossing between the King Charles Spaniel and the Pug, being officially recognised as an independent breed by the Kennel Club in 1944. Highly valued amongst the Scottish Stuarts and rumoured to have accompanied Mary Queen of Scots to her execution, the Cavalier has established a reputation as a loyal and affectionate companion dog. Falling within the 'toy' breed group, the Cavalier shares its classification with many of the smaller canine breeds, and was almost destroyed with the onset of WWII when breeding stock diminished.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is characterised by...

Combining the traits of its crossed forebears, the Cavalier boasts a distinctive appearance with a small, compact frame, a rounded head, a short, flat muzzle, protruding eyes and an upturned face. The body is pleasantly proportioned and the Cavalier coat is silky and medium in length, common in colour variations of tricolour, black and tan, ruby, and red and white (Blenheim). Feathering is usually found through adulthood on the tail, legs, ears and feet, with feathering on the feet being a desired trait by breeders.

The average Cavalier King Charles Spaniel...

The sixth most popular dog in the United Kingdom in 2007, the Cavalier has gained global favour over recent decades, as an eager and mannered house pet and devoted companion dog. Gentle and obedient, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is well suited to the domestic setting, highly compatible with children and other animals; in order to get the best from your Cavalier, firm but fair leadership, consistent training and early socialisation is encouraged. On average, a healthy Cavalier will weigh 5-8 kg, with a life expectancy of 12-14 years when shown the appropriate care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

As with most breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is susceptible to various eye disorders, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, allergies and ear complaints resulting from hair growing inside the ear canal. More serious complaints identified in the breed include cardiac and neurological disorders, which can sometimes lead to heart failure and paralysis. Due to its reduced size, the Cavalier may experience behavioural problems so training from puppyhood is essential.


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Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owners' thoughts

11th Jul 2014
Victoria Hood
  • VioVet Customer Since: April 2014
  • From: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

All these Cav's are BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing your lovely pics

28th Sep 2015
Gaynor Mountford
  • VioVet Customer Since: February 2014
  • From: Staffordshire, United Kingdom

my wonderful toby and bella , they are ex breeding dogs , which are scared of the out side world , bella is a very very scared lady but we seem to be getting there, we have had her 2 years and toby 5 years , my little boy toby has just been the vets and they have found a mass by his trachea , i know they can not operate i am just buying him a flectabed which should keep him warm .

7th Oct 2015
Sandra Howard
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2015
  • From: Flintshire, United Kingdom

I have Katie the black and tan Cavalier and also Izzie the Blenhiem Cavalier they are the most loveable dogs you could ever own, I have had Katie for 3 years and Izzie for 2 years they both came from Many Tears Rescue as ex breeding dogs, both very quiet and because of their past, not sure of the outside world, Katie will go for a walk on the lead but Izzie gets quite hysterical so I don't walk her she just enjoys running around the garden.

23rd Feb 2016
Calum Macpharlain
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2013
  • From: Highlands, United Kingdom

I recently lost one of my Cavvies to Congestive Heart Failure, and although I still have two, Honey's loss is very painful (although expected). I have now lost 3 Cavvies to heart problems, but that has not put me off the breed, I am in the process of rehoming my 6th Cavvie. Cavvies are the most wonderfully loving, loyal and gentle little dogs I have ever come across.

2nd Jul 2016
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

cavs are amazing pets, Charlie suffered from laxating patellas which he had successful surgery for. He is the most quiet & loving dog we have ever owned.

2nd Jul 2016
Nardia caplin
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2012
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

Teddy was rescued from a welsh puppy farm aged 7/8 weeks, he was in a terrible state when we got him, underweight, eating adult kibble, dehydrated and he smelt awful.
His early weeks were spent in a cold, dark shed with 20 other dogs & puppies.
With lots of love & tlc he is now an amazing, loving boy. He does as a result of his start in life suffer with food aggression, but this is improving with time, he is easily scared. Despite everything he loves human company and is my little shadow.

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