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
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Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

Playfulness

Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

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Ease of Grooming

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Exercise Need

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Personality
Intelligence

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Amount of Barking

How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bark? Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a good apartment dog? Can the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

Size

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Tolerates Heat

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Tolerates Cold

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Potential to Run Away

Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a healthy dog? The general health of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. 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.

Energy Level

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Amount of Drooling

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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? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

Athleticism

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel atheltic? Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fast and strong?

Breed Variations

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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