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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

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Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Personality, Temperament and Breed Guide

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Personality

This is an ideal dog for a first time or inexperienced owner.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a wonderful temperament and is ideal for single people, couples or even families. They are curious and playful by nature but also enjoy just cuddling up on a favourite cushion or even better on their owners lap.

The Cavalier King Charles loves interacting with people and really needs a lot of human attention on an ongoing daily basis. This is not a dog that does well left alone for any length of time

Animals: The Cavalier’s gentle personality makes them  an excellent companion for other dogs in the family or even other pets such as cats. They are natural "chasers" so do need proper socialization to understand that it is rude to terrify Jr's pet gerbil. They do well with other dogs and are not a dog-aggressive breed.

Children: The Cavalier King Charles spaniel’s personality also makes them an ideal companion for children, being soft gentle and playful. Older more respectful children are recommended as they are easily hurt by rough play.

 There are also many other great dog breeds that are good with children

Training: The Cavalier is a natural pleaser and is a very easy dog to train and teach. They respond best to positive rewards and attention and love to be the centre of the action. Unlike many toy dogs they house break easily.

Protection level: A very friendly dog, may bark a warning , sometimes needs to get used to strangers.  The Cavalier's temperament is too gentle to be a guard dog .

Coat: Long silky, plenty of feathering

Grooming: An average shedder keep the wee beastie regularly groomed to avoid matting and tangling

Exercise: They need a short  to moderate daily walk or a good romp. They retain many of their Spaniel hunting instincts and will love to be outside pointing birds and chasing squirrels.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have their origin in the 18th Century court of King Charles II of England , where they served as lap and foot warmers, companions and hot water bottles to the gentry and were known as Toy “Comforter Spaniels”. The present name comes in part due to the actions of a wealthy American in the early 20th Century who offered large sums of money to breeders to breed the older more traditional variety of longer snouted spaniel, over a shorter nosed variety which had until that time overtaken the old-type in popularity and threatened its extinction, these old-types, now saved and named in honor of their “Cavalier King” are now one of the most popular breeds in England, they were recognised by the AKC  as recently as 1996.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Personality's Are Lively, Gentle and Affectionate    

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Notes

Comparable Breeds

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English Cocker Spaniel

American Cocker Spaniel

Bichon Frise

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Health Problems They do have a number of inherited health problems, and their recent popularity means it is important that you research well to find a reputable breeder and a healthy strain. Serious conditions that can effect the breed are:

Mitral Valve heart Disease-MVDIs a heart condition that causes degeneration of the mitral heart valve. It is fatal in most dogs that have the condition and is typically first diagnosed as a heart murmur. All Cavalier King Charles Spaniels should have a heart exam at their yearly vaccination for early detection.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Owner's Like a cuddle and showing affection, are gentle and have a good sense of humour.

Not Recommended For: Rough play / handling, harsh obedience, outside living or Roundheads.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club  or learn more about the different types of small dog breeds.


Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

“Indiscriminate at showing affection to all family members, Cavs will run around the backyard with a youngster and suffer a doll carriage ride with another. They’ll shadow Mom while she’s making dinner and watch a football game with Dad.

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match