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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed profile

Training and intelligence
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wants to please. They are generally easy dogs to train, as they are clever and biddable. Cavaliers are naturally clean, which makes housetraining easier.

Cavlier King Charles Spaniels are renown for being excellent and close companions for children. However, do make sure that children are gentle with this small dog, especially if you bring the dog in as a puppy. Cavaliers can be very active, although they are cuddly too, and relish curling up on your lap.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Although they are very peaceful dogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will probably bark to alert you to the fact that someone in approaching the house. They view everyone as a friend, and are not a problem with strange people or dogs. They can however have a tendency to shyness, so socialisation is necessary.

Grooming and shedding
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's coat can tangle, so at least weekly grooming and combing is necessary. They do shed, although brushing and bathing will help decrease shedding around the house.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are playful, active dogs. They can build up to considerable exercise gradually.

Need for company
Separation anxiety can be a problem with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They bond very closely with their family, and want to be with them as much as possible, and if possible in contact with them.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are versatile dogs - they are active enough to make excellent playmates for children, yet gentle enough to happily keep older, more sedentary people company. Their friendly outlook and portable size makes them a popular choice as a family pet.



my little puppie hair is falling out the vet is baffaflled outherwise hes heatly what can i do anyone know hes a king charkes cavilier

Our Cavvie is the perfect pet except for one big fault, and this is that if we let him off the lead he won't come when called as he's too busy having a lovely time sniffing at everything. It is annoying to have to backtrack to get him and then put him back on the lead, when we'd love to see him run free and have a great time like other dogs.

I have a 5yr old blenheim cavalier who is the most perfect, loving dog you could want (a fury angel!) One big problem though, mitral valve disease is going to cut short his life - will be very lucky to see his 6th birthday the way things are going. (Health certificates were seen from his breeder). For this and other health reasons related to this breed I would not get another one. I actually am beginning to wonder about the ethics of breeding these dogs that have such devastating genetic health problems. These terrible health problems couldn't happen to a nicer breed of dog. So very sad.

I have a caveleir king charles spaniel. They are gorgeos and they make great family dogs

I love this breed there friendly, clever, sensative but so playful and great companions to anyone!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are so cute!!!!!!!!!

I have a cavalier king charles spaniel he is the most loving and fun dog we have ever had . he is definatly one of the family now.

We have a black and tan Cavalier, and although I grew up a complete cat person, this dog has changed my entire perspective. She is the sweetest, most loving animal I have ever encountered. She is not the smartest creature out there, but she has learned 'sit,' 'fetch,' 'come,' 'stay,' and 'speak.' She's at the door waiting for you every time you enter, and she wants nothing more than to be touching or cuddling you at all times. Well, WELL worth the price tag!

my family and i have 2 cavalier king charles spainiels and they are the best dogs you could get but they are a little over weight does any one no a good size wait 4 a dog?

I have a 6 month old blenheim that I got in December and he is the best dog that i have known. He is always folowing me and loves to sleep with me on my lap.

They are so cute!!!!!!!I have one i got it for christmas one year i still remember that day.Everything about them is really true.My dogs name is Anzac he is really cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have a c k c spaniel and he is so loving it is unbelievable , but he can be nasty whe he growls but thats just him - from previous owners. He is a ruby colour and loves a cuddle he is so pritti but checky aswell!


I would love to get a cavalier king charles spainiel as they are not two big but i also go on some holidays and enjoy sailing. Their health problems seem to go on for ever. Could anyone give me some advice. I love this type of dog.

Two at my feet at the moment. I love an active, sporty dog, but as a single woman, pledge to keep breeds that I can carry home from trail walks or load into the car myself if we ever have an emergency. These little guys are an incredible hybrid of sporty fun in a small package. They will jump in a creek in one minute and lay on a pillow (after a bath) in the next. Never met man nor beast who is not completely charmed by the Cavalier!

I have always wanted a cavalier. I finally got one and he is the sweetest dog ever!

my little cavalier king charles, Tasha Daisy Donna Cocoa Cherry Blossom Sweet Pea Petunia Godiva, is the cutest on the planet!!!!!!!!!! she is sooo smart and cuddly, she loves everybody! she is soooooooooooo cute and has a perfect face and markings! i have never seen a dog quite like her before, she is amazing! she is so loveable and always has to be beside you!i think that cavaliers rule and i would never buy another breed of dog!!!! she would never hurt anybody and has never bit!!! I LOVE MY LITTLE BABY SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!

I have a 10 month old blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and when I first got him he didn't go on a pad that well so we switched to walking him twice a day and it is great. Often we go to the dog run in battery park or madsion square park and have a great time. I suggest that you brush twice or three times a week because once I brushed his hair on monday and when I was going to brush him on saturday he had a big knot on the back of his ear and it was really close to his skin so now I have to ask a vet to cut it. He is a wonderful dog though. Smart, playful and my best pal.

I recently posted about my Cavalier who is a 10 month old blenheim and i just want to tell the person who was anonymus and said that their health problems go on forever. My cavalier is 10 months old and the last time i got him checked( about 2 weeks ago) there was nothing wrong with him, but i read that they are prone to heart problems and that they can get overweight easily. Hope this helped

from chloe and Dallas (my cavalier)

hi i had a very hoorible terrier but our little king charles even changed him around and he was 10 yrs old so they realy are great for everything kenny isn grumpy any more but happy hes got a little hunny to sllep besde every nite

i have a bleniem and she is the most origianll puppy
she is deifinantly the ccutest
she is so loyal, and barks and whines if any of my family leave her. she enjoys walks
and is the best
love you milllie

They are amazing. With the coolest personality and a face that makes you smile. They are adorable and so playful. I HEART CAVELIER KING CHARLES SPANIELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<333333

P.S. my family doesn't have one yet but a lot of people i know has them. we're getting one next year. YEAH!

i have a cavalier king charles spaniels
and he's a great dog i'd recomend him...
for a first time owner and anyone
to purchase a dog in my opinion a cavalier king charles spaniel any day of the week its a great dog and loyal companion


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