Originating in the 1600's and Named after King Charles II, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ("CKCS" for short) is sometimes referred to as the spaniel to the Kings. These lovable dogs were a favorite of royalty and were often used a lap warmers and foot warmers in many royal homes. Owners will tell you they still believe themselves to be royalty in every way!
Despite the spaniel name Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are definitely house dogs and fall in to the toy group. According to the AKC (American Kennel Club) these dogs should weigh between 13-18 pounds and stand between 12-13 inches high. They are considered affectionate, gentle and graceful but they can also be quite fearless and easily tempted by a squirrel chase (at one time they were bred to flush small birds and prey from hiding and they still have that hunt and chase drive)!
True to their heritage, Cavaliers love both a lap and a nap. They are typically very trusting and easygoing dogs who never meet a stranger. That being said for an owner who prefers a more independent breed, the Cavalier may come across as a little on the "needy" side. Since they are eager to please their owners, Cavaliers are generally easy to train but due to their small size may take a little longer to house train than larger dogs (crate training is a must).
According to AKC show regulations, the CKCS only come in four coat colors; however, there are a few additional. Traditional coats accepted in the show arena are Blenheim, Black and Tan, Tri-Color and Ruby. In reality, there are a few other coats that occasionally appear and may be appealing to those who enjoy breaking the mold. Those include the rare solid black and chocolates (which look similar to a black and tan but are a rich brown color instead). If you're interested in showing or breeding your CKCS you need to be very careful about understanding color and coats; however, if your just looking for a great pet you should search out what most tugs at your heart and comes from the healthiest bloodline. As there are many health concerns in this breed I think proper screening and DNA testing is much more important than coat color.
If you want to continue your research of these adorable breeds, we suggest the following trustworthy sites for accurate information:
We also welcome you to learn about this breed's health issues, how to find a responsible breeder and why we support the breeding of the Cavachon and Cavapoo hybrids by reading our other blogs posts!
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