Is a Cavalier King Charles Dog right for you?

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Every dog is beautiful and beauty does indeed lie in the eye of the beholder! When you want to home a dog it is never as simple as going to the pet store and buying a puppy that looks cute. If you think that then you have a long way to go before actually getting to the buying stage. In this article we turn the spotlight on the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and examine whether it is the right dog for you.

For most people getting a dog is the simple part, looking after the puppy is where the problem lies. I can tell you straight off that if you plan to keep the spaniel in a kennel, outdoors or home alone, don’t get one. This breed of dog thrives on affection and needs constant attention and love by the truck load!

What is a Cavalier like as a pet?

It is very important to make sure that the dog’s temperament, behaviour, personality and character traits match your concept of a pet and your ability to care for it. Let us do a quick run through of the spaniel’s temperament first. The breed is the largest of the toy breed of dogs and has a combination of spaniel and toy breed traits. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is one of the most even tempered, gentle, loving, attention-seeking dogs you will ever find.

Spaniels love to cuddle in your lap, snuggle down on soft cushions and by your side. They enjoy being with people, being loved and made a fuss of at all times. The dog does have an athletic side to it that dates back to the time when its ancestors hunted. Cavalier spaniel dogs are chasers and make no mistake about that. You will need to have a very well fenced-in yard or garden to keep the dog safe. Even a butterfly can get them going right into the street and danger!

Friendly but needs exercise

The majority of the Cavalier King Charles breed are peaceful, friendly and get on very well with pets of all kinds including cats. They can be timid so a lot of early socialization exercises will be necessary to build confidence and an outgoing personality. Cavalier King Charles spaniels are great with senior people and families with children. Guard dogs they are not!

The breed needs regular exercise and a place to run around in. The dog has been known to become stressed when left alone for long periods of time. They need companionship in either human or pet form; dogs left alone bark incessantly and become destructive chewers!

Cavaliers can be independent to a degree, but are easy to train because they love to please their owners. Like most dogs they respond very well to plenty of praise and a steady supply of treats!

Next time I will look at the 4 different Cavalier King Charles dog colours. Till then, bye from George ‘woof’.

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  1. this is a great dog for me i have two younger brothers 4 and 5.and a other dog who is very friendly with younger dogswe have a good enclosed yard but there is a lab i could choose.ohh and please dont email me this is my parents email adress

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