Adopting A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a breed that is slightly larger than the King Charles Spaniel.  In addition, the Cavalier King Charles has a skull that is almost flat between the ears and his stop is much shallower than that of the King Charles.  However, he shares the same characteristic of courage, and hardiness as his close relative.  The Cavalier is a beautiful dog that is relatively clean, adores children, and gets along with other pets.  He is a gentle, affectionate, and sweet tempered breed that is also friendly toward strangers.  Training method should be precise and gentle.  Spoiling this breed does not usually encourage a nippy behavior.  All in all, the Cavalier makes an excellent companion dog for all types of household.

Size: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel stands 11-12in at the shoulder and weighs between 12 and 18lb.

History and origin: The Cavalier and the King Charles were both originated in England from the same stock.  Once it became common to produce a King Charles Spaniel with a short nose, the original type almost disappeared.  However, in the late 1920s, a group of breeders worked to bring back the old type of King Charles and added the prefix name Cavalier to distinguish the breed from the newer and separate variety.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is about ½ – 1 can (13.3oz size) of high-quality meat product with added biscuit in the same amount or 1 ½ cupfuls of complete dry food.  This breed would also enjoy and occasional meat scraps.

Exercise: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel easily adapts to apartment living provided he gets enough exercise of 1 or 2 walks per day.

Grooming: The Cavalier has long, fine, and straight, shedding coat.  Regular brushing with a bristle brush is essential to keep it from getting tangled.  Check the paws regularly for any sign of interdigital cysts and also check the ears for canker, which is often detected by an unpleasant smell.  Wipe his eyes regularly with cotton wool dipped in a weak saline solution in order to keep them clear of unsightly tear streaks.  The Cavalier also needs a monthly bath.