Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is generally easy to please and extremely patient. This AKC Toy breed requires a lot of companionship and considered the ultimate lap dog. They are very adaptable to different living conditions and do well in apartments, condos, or the country. Affectionate and gentle, Cavaliers prefer the company of their family or other dogs than being alone. With their sporting character, they are known to do well in sporting events such as agility and hunting.
Grooming: The shedding, short coat of a Cavalier needs minimal care. Regular brushings to prevent matting. Natural appearance.
Social Skills: This little dog lives in harmony with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Gentle mannered and easy to please. Loves attention.
Children: Very good with all ages of children.
Housing: Very adaptable, ideal for apartment and condo living. Excellent dogs for the elderly.
Exercise: Moderate. Neighborhood walks are sufficient.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily. Eager to learn.
Health: Heart murmurs, ear infections, and luxating patellas. More information on Cavalier King Charles inherited health disorders.
History: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originated in United Kingdom. This toy breed is thought to have orignated from the larger King Charles Spaniel and was named after King Charles who perpetuated the breed. Cavaliers may have been modeled after spaniel-like dogs depicted in tapestries and paintings of the 15th century.