How to bathe your Cavalier King Charles dog

Cavalier King Charles being bathed

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Cavalier King Charles spaniels are such beautiful animals and a well groomed, clean coat is a pleasure to behold.  For most breeds, grooming is quite a challenge and bathing even more so.  However, in the Cavalier you have a dog that is gentle and keen to please.  The sweet disposition of the Cavalier goes a long way in helping to make the entire grooming and bathing process relatively easy.

Check your Cavalier King Charles before you bathe

Before you bathe your dog, you have to groom it thoroughly to remove all the tangles and mats in the coat.  Start with the head and work your way down the body.  Feel gently with your hands for tangles, bumps and any tender spots.  Check the insides of the ears and the teeth; roll the little one over and check the underbelly.  Don’t forget the undersides of the paws as well.

Brush out the coat thoroughly and trim the hair on the undersides of the paws and between the pads of the feet.  Clean the ears and teeth and clip the nails if they require clipping.  Now your dog is ready for its bath session.

How to make bathing easier

To make the bathing session easy, make sure you have everything ready before hand.  You can either use a bath outside in the garden or even your own bathtub indoors.  Wet the dog thoroughly without splashing water in the eyes or ears.  You could rub a little olive oil on the insides of the ears to prevent the water from going in and also stick cotton balls inside the ears to absorb the water.

Begin with the head (not the face) and work the shampoo into the fur using small strokes.  Work from head to tail and then down each leg making sure that you are gentle in your approach.  You can try massaging the little body with the shampoo as dogs enjoy this type of treatment.  Lather the shampoo in well and leave on for about five minutes before rinsing off thoroughly.  You can sponge the face with a soft wash cloth.

If you live in a dry climate, you may want to consider spraying a generous amount of oil rinse to the coat to prevent dry skin.  Oatmeal soap is good in preventing dry skin and flaking.

Wrap your dog in a bath towel and pat dry once the bath is finished.  Cavalier King Charles dogs can be allowed to air dry.  However, if you want that well groomed straight coat finish, use the dryer on a low setting.  Brush the dog’s coat only when it is completely dry.

 Next time we will look at caring for your Cavalier King Charles’ nails, eyes & ears.  Till then, bye from George ‘woof’.

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  1. Good post, I have six Spaniels myself.

    • Hi Dog Treats, six – wow, that would certainly keep you entertained. I would love to have more but I need a bigger yard before I can add to my menagerie of 2 cats and George.

  2. just got my first cavalier, called charlie, and he is beautiful, and i could not be more pleased.

  3. Irena Zharova says:

    Very informative, I am a new owner and don’t know much, thanks a lot.

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