Cavalier King Charles
Cavalier King Charles are lovable and cuddly little companions. They are very affectionate and playful but aren’t overly energetic. They are a perfect house pet as they love lounging about the house, cuddling up with you on a sofa or playing with you in the garden.
The Look of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small and have a well-proportioned form. They have soft, silky, wavy coats. Their heads have a rounded shape that is proportional to their bodies. They have a short snout and dark noses. They can have quite large, fluffy ears. Their ears are hanging and slightly feathered. Normally, a cavalier will have a long neck and slightly sloped shoulders. They have fluffy tails that never seem to stop wagging! King Charles come in black & tan, tri-colour, red, and chestnut on white. Overall, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an elegant and regal posture.
What They Are Like to Live With
King Charles are very friendly dogs, they get along with almost everybody. These caring creatures get along with other pets, even cats, and of course children. King Charles normally get along well with strangers as well. Some may be a bit shy or suspicious of new people who visit their homes, but they quickly come round and warm up to the newcomer. For this reason, King Charles don’t normally make the best guard dogs, they’re just too friendly!
Things You Should Know
What a lot of people don’t know is that King Charles descend from hunters. Because of this they do love exercise. They may not be the right dog for you if you live in an apartment. Cavaliers need room to run, preferably in a back garden. They also need to be walked regularly and maybe even take them for a run in the woods every so often. Make sure to keep them on a leash, they tend to run off if they see a squirrel or a car! Although they love their exercise, King Charles also love their mellow time. These dogs will be happy to laze on the couch next to you and keep you company all day long.
Being sociable dogs that love people, King Charles need companionship and attention and they will reward their owners with equal amounts of affection. Don’t ignore them or leave them alone for long periods of time. If you do they will get depressed, lonely and sometimes lose their vivacious personality.
A healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can live as long as 14 years. Common health problems include a heart condition called mitral valve disease, hip dysplasia and ear infections. They will need daily brushing, ear cleaning and occasional grooming. Also they can suffer from eye problems, so make sure to keep their eyes clean.