Dog Breed

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Full Name
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Life Span
10 - 14 years
Weight
13 - 18 pounds
Description

King Charles Spaniel was once a dog of royalty, and it's easy to see why. They are beautiful, proud, and the ultimate family companion. They were once used for hunting, but over time have developed into much less of a working dog, and more of a family companion. They are very friendly with people and dogs and are well suited for apartment living.

Origin
United Kingdom
Bred For
Flushing small birds, companion
Attachments
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good with children?

    Yes! The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is naturally friendly with children. As always, socialization is always important, but the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an excellent dog for anyone with small children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel friendly with other dogs?

    Yes! The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel naturally loves other dogs. As always, socialization is always important, but the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel typically gets along with every dog it meets
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel like to cuddle?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!
    Playfulness

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel like to play?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will almost always be ready for play! The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel make a good service dog?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good for first-time owners?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an excellent breed for first-time owners. They love pleasing their owner, and rarely are aggressive or over-dominant.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be trained?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be trained very well. With discipline and a routine training program the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be incredibly well-trained.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel shed a lot?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an average shedder. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owners will probably still tell you it's a lot of shedding, but certain breeds shed even more.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel easy to groom?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel need a lot of exercise?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires some daily exercise, but daily walks should be enough. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel appreciates going outside and on daily walks, but they will be ok without anything overly athletic.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a bit goofy and may not be as intelligent as some other breeds, but that is what people oftentimes love about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bark? Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bark too much?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel occasionally barks, but only for specific reasons such as when they need something, for protection, etc.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a good guard dog?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the opposite of a guard dog!
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good at staying alone? Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel independent?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a good apartment dog?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an excellent dog breed for an apartment. Some daily exercise is still important, but if they get that then the apartment will be more than enough for them to call home.
    Size

    How big is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is below average when it comes to size. They are not a "toy" breed, but it is still significantly easier to travel with them.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not tolerate cold weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel if you live in a very cold weather climate. Even if your home is warm, it can be inconvenient to go on walks, and you may need to have a sweater for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel try to run away?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a healthy dog? The health of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a good amount of energy and it's important to give the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel daily walks and ideally run time as well. A well-exercised dog is easier to train, and will be happier and have less likelihood for destructive habits.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel drool?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have a large prey drive? Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not have a large prey drive towards birds or even cats, and can typically do very well living in the same home as them.
    Athleticism

    Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel atheltic?

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can have athletic moments, and bursts of speed, but does not have the endurance as other highly athletic dog breeds. They would do great for occasional jogs, but probably not the best for long-distance runs or anything more athletic than that.

Breed Variations

  1. Toy
  2. Spaniel
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a purebred dog that belongs to the Spaniel sub group, which falls under the larger Toy dog breed group.
Toy group: Toy dogs are primarily characterized by their very small size. But don't let that fool you- if anything their personality and tenacity is higher than the average dog. In fact, even their protective instincts are above average! In fact, because of that it is crucial they get socialization with children and other dogs from an early age. Because the toy dog is both small and primarily bred for home companionship, they make excellent additions for a wide range of families. There are also practical benefits with toy dogs- they are great for apartment living, and traveling. Toy dogs are also loyal and love to cuddle, making them the ideal lap dog.
Spaniel sub-group: One of the sub-groups with the greatest amount of dog breeds is the Spaniel, there are 15 spaniel breeds recognized by the AKC! Spaniels are "flushing" dogs that not only can retrieve game, but can swim, dig, and find the game in all types of habitat. The breeds of spaniel have been bred more specifically for one type of hunting vs. another, but over the years they have also become excellent home companions. Spaniels all have a distinct "spaniel" look with floppy ears and beautiful curly hair, but each has its own variety both in size and color. Spaniels always seem to be happy and can brighten every day. They are an excellent choice for a first time dog owner.

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