Description: This breed is happy, friendly and non-aggressive with no tendency towards nervousness or shyness. These lovable, engaging and high-spirited dogs do well in either the city or the country and interact well with children.
Cavalier Kings seem to be joined to their family/owners/handlers at the hip. These dogs are intelligent, obedient and gentle. The Cavalier does need regular exercise for good health and happiness.
Height: 12 - 13 inches
Weight: 10 - 18 lbs.
Colors: Black and Tan - black with bright tan marks above eyes, head, chest,
legs, underside of tail; white marks undesirable. Ruby - Rich red; white
markings undesirable. Blenheim - Chestnut markings, well broken up, on white
ground; markings evenly divided on head, lozenge between ears. Tricolor -
black and white, well spaced and broken up, with tan markings over head,
inside legs, on underside of tail.
Coat: Long, silky, free from curl
Temperament: Friendly, obedient, sensible
With Children: Yes, children should be older if just a puppy.
With Pets: Good
Special Skills: Family pet.
Care and Training: Weekly grooming with a firm bristle brush with special
attention to the ears. Bathe only when necessary. Minimal exercise is
needed, but he does enjoy a romp in the park or a backyard with a playmate.
Learning Rate: High intelligence.
Living Environment: Indoor dog. Best with fenced yard and walks on leash.
Health Issues: Patella luxation, eye conditions, heart murmurs and ear
Life Span: 9 - 11 Years
Litter Size: 2 - 6
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: His origins are from the King Charles Spaniel, who through
selective breeding from the Toy Spaniel was produced to have a more
exaggerated head with a great dome and flatter face, possible from the Pug
though it is uncertain. Cavalier was a crossing of the King Charles and the
Cocker Spaniel. His name is from King Charles II who kept a large number of
Toy Spaniels. He was a favorite of the aristocracy in the early nineteenth
century. A dog called Ann's Son became the model for the first breed
Standards and in 1945 the Kennel Club granted the Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel separate registration.