All About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an intelligent dog breed suitable to just about any lifestyle.

By Juliette Cunliffe | Posted: Dec 30, 2012, 8 a.m. EST

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an affectionate, playful, intelligent dog breed that is only too willing to repay an owner’s care and attention with complete devotion. Although considered a lap dog because of his size, the Cavalier is an absolutely fearless, sporting little dog. This dog breed is friendly and non-aggressive and makes an excellent and adaptable companion for many different homes and lifestyles.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will generally adapt to whatever lifestyle is offered .The Cavalier can be equally at home with a large, boisterous family with children as he can with a single person, whatever that person’s age. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be happy living with energetic owners who are likely to take their dog out on long, exciting walks, but can also live a comfortable and happy life following a more sedentary existence. This dog breed is often described as "a people dog,” one that appreciates, enjoys and needs human company.

The Cavalier generally gets along well with other dogs and household pets, rarely showing any particular jealousy or possessiveness over dog food or toys. Like many other dog breeds, Cavaliers seem to enjoy the company of other dogs. Many owners like to keep a couple of Cavaliers as pet dogs, as they make for happy companionship and are so easy to look after. Owning and caring for two Cavaliers requires little more work than just one. Although no dog owner should regularly leave dogs alone for long periods, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will usually appreciate the company of another dog if his owner does have to be away from home for a few hours from time to time.

This is not a dog breed that should be left outside all day in a kennel. The Cavalier is a companion that prefers to be involved in human activity, however large or small the family. In the mind of an adoring dog, one owner is quite sufficient as a family, provided that person gives him every care and attention he needs and deserves. 

Cavaliers are happy to be followers. Except when hunting, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not really an independent dog breed, but instead is one which prefers to rely on a pack leader and, of course, the pack leader is you.

Though there are exceptions to every rule, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not a "yappy” dog breed. Like most dogs, the Cavalier will bark if there is a stranger about. Despite this, the Cavalier is not suitable as a guarding dog breed for its very nature is too soft to deter any intruder and he’s a little small to pose any real threat.

Although there are certainly Cavaliers that are obedience trained, many owners claim their dogs have absolutely no road sense, so it is always wise to walk your dog on a lead in any public place.. Although the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does not have the long legs of dog breeds like the Whippet or Greyhound, it is surprising how quickly those little legs can move.

Excerpt from Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Cavalier King Charles Spaniel here.


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Rebecca   Dublin, International

3/4/2014 11:02:03 AM

What's wrong with the King Charles if he put on weigh rapidly and we don't over feed him and is the age of 6

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nixie   Goose C reek, South Carolina

7/24/2013 2:44:20 PM

I have owned dogs over the years, but not one of them compares to the Cavalier as far as being so loving and affectionate, intelligent, and anxious to please. Everyone who meets our Daisy says the same thing!! She brings so much joy to all who meet her.

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Charley's Mama   Hobe Sound, FL

1/11/2013 11:07:50 AM

This breed is pure love and happiness!

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