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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club.



King Charles Cavalier Spaniels are usually 12-13 inches at it’s tallest point on the body, weight proportionate to height, with an average weight around 13-18 pounds. They have a sweet gentle melting expression, especially in their large, round eyes, warm and dark in color, with dark almond shaped rims. Ears are long, with lots of feathering, set high but not too close to their slightly rounded skull. The muzzle is slightly tapered, lenght of the base of stop to tip of the nose is about 1.5 inches. They have moderate length, silky coats, feathered ears, chest, legs and tail.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have silky, smooth coats and commonly a smooth un-docked tail.


Full of affection, gentleness, gracefulness, love and joy, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the ultimate lap dog and canine companion and sure to win your heart!  They have a very pretty face and a sweet expression, and known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They have a cheerful disposition, are happy and always need to be with you, whatever you are doing.   Cavaliers are extremely people oriented and want nothing more than to give and receive affection and attention. They are very sensitive and sweet, and a stern “no” is all they need if they need to be corrected.  The breed is highly affectionate, playful, extremely patient and eager to please.  They are very needy and should not be alone for long periods of time, but if they must be left alone for a short time, they will be much happier in the company of another pet.  They are highly affectionate, intelligent, playful, and easy to train.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are great with people of all ages, from children to seniors.  Cavaliers are not shy about socializing with much larger dogs. They will adapt quickly to almost any environment, family, and location and suit city and country life. Their ability to bond with larger and smaller dogs makes them ideal in houses with more than one breed of dog as long as the other dog is trained.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are active and sporting. Cavaliers are successful in conformation shows, obedience and agility and they also make wonderful therapy dogs due to their sweet, gentle natures. The breed is adaptable in their need for exercise, happy with either sleeping on the couch or taking long walks.  Check out our article on ways you can get fit with your dog.  Want to know why do dogs sleep so much? -> How many hours a day do dogs sleep?


Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, due to inbreeding, may have various health issues (Mitral valve disease, Syringomyelia, Episodic Falling (EF), Thrombocytopenia and macrothrombocytopenia, Hip and knee disorders, Eye problems, Ear disorders).  Please research these health issues to be aware before adopting a cavalier.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Colors:

The breed standard recognizes four colors:

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles – “Coco”

Ruby Cavalier King Charles
Ruby Cavalier King Charles – “Ginger”

Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles

Black and Tan Cavalier King Charles – “Sir Wesley”

Tri-Color Cavalier King Charles
Tri-Color Cavalier King Charles – “Phoenix”


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Vet Care

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may unfortunately be prone to various health issues due to overbreeding. Choose a veterinarian who specializes or knows about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as diseases and ailments are specific to the breed. For more information on finding the right vet for your pet, visit: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Vet Care.