The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a well-proportioned small dog. The head is slightly rounded, the muzzle is full, tapering a little with a semi-pug snout. The dark brown eyes are round and set well apart with dark eye rims. The nose is black. The teeth meet in a scissors type bite. The long ears are set high with abundant feathering. The coat is silky with a medium length. There is feathering on the ears, chest, legs and the tail. The topline is almost completely level. The tail is sometimes docked by 1/3, but is usually left natural. Dewclaws may be removed. Colors include “Prince Charles” (tricolor), ruby (rich mahogany red), “King Charles” (black and tan) and Blenheim (red and white). In Blenheim dogs, a chestnut-red spot on top of the head between the ears is preferred by breeders, but not critical.

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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an excited, friendly and joyful dog, continually appearing to be wagging its tail. Outgoing and sportive, these courageous energetic little dogs are willing and ready to please. They are smart enough to comprehend what you need and in this manner are normally simple to train and react well to delicate obedience training. They are naturally a well behaved dog breed and get along well with different dogs and non-canine pets. Cavaliers love people, appreciate camaraderie, but need limits and rules to follow in order to be happy. They are not suited to isolation and should not be left alone throughout the day. If you need to leave them much of the day then be sure to take them for a long walk or run to allow them to go into rest mode while you are away. Do to the inherited hunting behavior of their breed they tend to want to chase after prey. If this dog is lead to believe that they are the alpha male/female it can result in a degree of behavioral issues, which are not Cavalier attributes, yet are brought on by the way they are treated by their master. It’s suggested that Cavalier Kng Charles ought to be with older and more thoughtful kids.

Cavaliers have excellent eyesight and sense of smell and may be utilized for short hunts.

Life Expectancy

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are expected to live around 9-14 years.