Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The Canine Cuddler

Breed History

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have been lapdogs from the very beginning! The preferred dog of 14th century royalty, these pups would sleep in bed with their royal owners to attract fleas, to help protect them from bubonic plague. In fact, King Charles loved these dogs so much, he lent his name to the breed.

The modern-day Cavalier King Charles Spaniel hasn’t lost his lapdog heritage. These sweet and affectionate pups are still famous for their tendency to be close to their owners, thus becoming one of the more popular dogs in the United States.

Flowing Fur, Delightful Demeanor

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel AKC breed standard is that this breed should have a
“. . . sweet, gentle, melting expression, . . .” and anyone who owns one would agree. His dark eyes, silky coat and feathery ears, combined with his small stature, help explain his status as a “cuddler.” In fact, the Cavalier King Charles should be no more than 13 inches tall and weigh between 13 and 18 pounds.

Because they have such a sweet temperament, these dogs are known for being great family pets. However, it’s important that children respect the dog’s small frame and are gentle while playing. They can live in almost any environment as long as they have a daily walk.

Health and Wellness

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be prone to some genetic health issues. If you’re thinking of purchasing from a breeder, use the AKC resources to help ensure that the breeder is responsible, and visit your veterinarian regularly. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels should be groomed regularly to maintain their silky coat, and try a food that contains nutrients that support skin and coat health.

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