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About Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed

  • Personality: Affectionate, graceful, and gentle.

  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Cavies do not require an exhaustive workout, they're happy with a good walk every day.

  • Good with Children: Yes

  • Good with other Dogs: Yes

  • Shedding: Seasonal

  • Grooming: Occasional

  • Trainability: Eager To Please

  • Height: 12-13 inches

  • Weight: 13-18 pounds

  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary



The breed is highly affectionate, playful, extremely patient and eager to please. As such, dogs of the breed are good with children and other dogs. Cavaliers are not shy about socializing with much larger dogs. 


They will adapt quickly to almost any environment, family, and location and suit city and country life.

Their ability to bond with larger and smaller dogs makes them ideal in houses with more than one breed of dog as long as the other dog is trained. 


Cavaliers are naturally curious and playful, but also enjoy simply cuddling up on a cushion or lap, making them excellent companion or lap dogs for medical patients and the elderly.

Cavaliers are active and sporting. Cavaliers are successful in conformation shows, obedience and agility and they also make wonderful therapy dogs due to their sweet, gentle natures.


The breed is adaptable in their need for exercise, happy with either sleeping on the couch or taking long walks. The breed is well known for its loving temperament


They have an instinct to chase most things that move including vehicles on busy streets, and so most Cavaliers will never become "street-wise". As they tend to regard all strangers as friends, members of the breed will usually not make good guard dogs.


Spaniels have a strong hunting instinct and may endanger birds and small animals. However, owners have reported that through training their Cavaliers live happily with a variety of small animals.  


A comb and soft slicker brush should help to keep this breed’s long coat in top shape.


An occasional bath also helps to keep it mat- and tangle-free. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking.


Their long pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection.


Teeth should be brushed regularly.


Cavaliers may comes from aristocracy, but they’re more than willing to descend their royal high horse to romp around a yard and chase moving animals and objects.

They get along well with children and other dogs and can be a bit quiet.


Cavaliers do equally well with active types and homebodies—they can be loyal hiking partners or shameless couch potatoes, depending on the owner’s personality—as long as they get a satisfying walk each day.

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