The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is considered one of the larger toy breeds of dogs; highly popular in the UK and fast gaining in popularity as a family dog in the USA. This lovable, trustworthy dog makes an excellent companion dog. The breed was developed in the UK and its popularity really isn’t all that hard to understand. The dogs are gentle, people oriented, extremely friendly animals who love attention!
This small spaniel breed has a beautiful silky coat, complimented well by a lovely undocked tail that adds to its beauty. There are four standard colours that include Ruby, Black and Tan, Tricolor (black/white/tan) and Blenheim. The breed is very affectionate and makes a good addition to families where there are children and other pets.
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a rather well proportioned little dog with a slightly rounded head, full muzzle and gorgeous eyes set well apart. The ears are lovely, set high up and well feathered. A silken coat in rich colours rounds out this amazing little dog.
Will a Cavalier King Charles make a good pet?
Yes! As a pet you couldn’t do better than choosing this overly affectionate and eager dog. The tail has a ready wag and the dog is one happy little guy all the time. It is such a pleasure to have one or even two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels running around you, filling your day with their joy and affection. The bonus, and who needs it really, is that the dogs are very intelligent, quick to understand and easy to train.
Anyone looking for a family pet dog would do well to take one of these little guys home. They do not belong in kennels, please don’t put them there! Cavaliers love people, company and constant affection; they need the social interaction. Give your dog rules to follow and set the limits on its behaviour and all will be well in his doggy world.
Are there any health issues?
Sadly, the breed is affected by a variety of health issues, mitral valve disease being the most common type of health problem they suffer. This disease affects the heart and causes heart failure. It is probably the most common cause of death as it generally affects the dog at some point in its life.
Other health problems include syringomyelia, which is a malformation of the skull, reducing the available brain space. Another problem they commonly have is ear trouble; the heavy floppy ears often cause the build up of moisture and matter. Hip dysplasia or abnormality of the hip socket is also a problem that is common with quite a few dog breeds.
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel has the most adoring eyes and when they fix on you, you will be quite simply lost! You’ve just got to take one home!
Next time we will discuss a Cavalier King Charles ancestry. Till then, bye from George ‘woof’