Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Ever since I started working with animals, I have been in love with every Cavalier King Charles Spaniel I’ve met. Their appearance is very cute, and I’ve always known them to be very sweet. Growing up, my family always had either German Shepherds or Labrador Retrievers. Since I’ve been on my own, I’ve had my very first little dog named Yoda, a mix of Boston Terrier, Chihuahua and probably pug–an interesting mix for sure! Someday I’d love to adopt a Cavalier King Charles as a great addition to my family.

I hope these breed highlights help you find the dog that is right for you and your “pack”!

History: If you think this breed’s history involves King Charles, you’re right. King Charles II, that is! This breed originated in England during the 1600s.

Size: Both males and females weigh between 13 and 18 pounds full grown.

Colors/Markings: Colors include prince charles, which are tricolor; ruby, a rich mahogany red; king charles that are black and tan, and blenheim, whose colors are red and white. In some dogs, there is a chestnut spot in the middle of the forehead called the “blenheim” spot, also known as the “Kiss of Buddha.”

Apartment/Home: These pups are well-suited to apartment living because they are relatively active inside and do well with a small yard for playtime. These are not hypoallergenic dogs, so they may not be good for people with allergies.

Temperament: Theses dogs are friendly, affectionate, and they get along well with children as well as other animals. They do have a chase instinct because of their hunting background. They need rules and training to be reminded of their position in the pack (i.e. your family).

Grooming: Unless you are comfortable grooming this breed yourself, start looking for a highly recommended groomer. Cavaliers need to be brushed often with a firm bristled brush all over, but with special attention to their ears to prevent tangling and matting. Clean the inside of their ears often, and of course they need to be bathed. Be sure they are completely dry shortly after. They also need to have the hair brushed between the pads of their feet often to prevent mats.

Health: Cavaliers can live nine to 14 years and can be affected by health problems that range from mild to severe. They can have ear infections, hearing and vision problems, luxated patellas, back problems, hip dysplasia, Syringomyelia, and Mitral Valve Disease. You should look at their eyes often to check for signs of infection (discharge, red or swollen eyes, bloodshot eyes, squinting or pawing at their eyes). Other potential health problems include episodic falling and blood disorders.

Exercise: As with all dogs, a daily walk is necessary. Make sure you take time to play with your little guy or girl to help him or her burn off energy.

Feeding tip: Because this breed may be pre-disposed to obesity, it is best not to overfeed them. Talk with your veterinarian about the best type of food and the right amount to feed your pet as he or she grows. Always leave fresh water where it can be easily accessible.

Juliet Carty Greene is the proud pet Mommy of Yoda, Wendy, and Willow. She has been happily married for over a year and lives in Salem, MA. Besides writing and expanding her knowledge on dogs, she’s an avid winter-time knitter and all-around animal lover.

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