If you are looking for a companion in every sense of the word, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the dog for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small sized dog standing up to 13 inches tall and weighing up to 8kg. They are a very sweet looking dog as they have a lovely, rounded face, big brown eyes and soft, floppy ears. There are four colours within the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – the Blenheim which is chestnut markings on a white coat, the tricolour which is black and white with tan markings; the black and tan; and the ruby which is a rich, red colour.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Temperament
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a charming, energetic, and loving pet that wants nothing more than to be with their owners. These are dogs that thrive on human contact but they also get along very well with other pets that you might have. They are easily housetrained as they are naturally clean and they also take well to basic training as they are dogs that are eager to please.
Caring for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does need to be regularly groomed in order to remove any dead hair from the coat and to prevent matting. Regular grooming will also keep the coat in tip top condition. You will also need to pay special attention to the ears, cleaning them regularly and keeping an eye out for infections. One thing that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does require is a securely fenced backyard as they have poor road sense and they can try to dig their way out when they are young or look for a way out of the yard if it is at all possible. Always get your puppy from a reputable breeder to reduce the risk of luxating patellas, eye defects and congenital heart problems from occurring.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will generally live for 13 years on average but they can live for 15 years or more if fed the right nutrition and given lots of tender loving care.
Who is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Suited To?The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not an outdoor dog by any means so they are best suited to owners that want their pets to be around them all the time. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great family pet and it is just as suited to elderly owners or singles but they thrive on human contact so should not be left alone for long periods of time.