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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Dog Breed - Cavalier King Charles

 

 

Description

This small breed is usually considered one of the toy dog breeds.  The breed originated in England in the 20th century but has its roots in the older King Charles Spaniel of the Restoration.

 

Temperament

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is affectionate and some say the ultimate lap dog.  Playful, extremely patient and eager to please. Their extremely social nature means they require almost constant companionship from humans or other dogs and are not suited to spending long periods alone. They are very playful. 

 

Appearance

Height:  Standing between 30 and 33 cm (12-13 inches)

Weight: 4.5 and 8.5 kg (10 and 18 lb).

It is a small spaniel with a silky coat of moderate length, often with a wave and long ears. In adulthood, Cavaliers grow lengthy feathering on their ears, chest, legs, feet and tail.  The breed comes in four colours, blenheim (rich chestnut on white background), tricolour, black and tan, and ruby (rich reddish brown all over). The blenheim is the most common colour.

 

Grooming

Daily brushing is recommended to ensure that the coat does not get matted.  Fur on the feet and on the hind legs should be trimmed regularly.  Only bath as necessary and trim nails regularly.

 

Life Expectancy

Their life span is between 7 to 10 years.

 

Health Concerns

Due to the large size of the Cavalier's ears and eyes, they are prone to infections.  Cavaliers can suffer from a number of severe genetic defects. Unfortunately, two possible genetic conditions, audible heart murmurs by the age of five years affects half of the breed and sryingomyelia is a condition affecting the brain and spine, causing symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain and partial paralysis, can be both severe and very common.  Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that affects up to a third of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Cavaliers are also subject to a genetic defect of the femur and knee called luxating patella. In the most serious cases, surgery maybe required. This breed is also predisposed to congenital or progressive deafness.

 

Suitability:

The Cavalier are great with people of all ages, from children to seniors making them a very versatile dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will adapt quickly to almost any environment, family and location.  Their ability to bond with other dogs makes them ideal in houses with more than one breed of dog.

 

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