Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Their nickname “The Comforter Spaniel” pretty much says it all. This affectionate, devoted lapdog thrives on human contact and will love being part of your family. They will want to sleep in your bed. They are adaptable and can do well in either a mansion or an apartment, but they do not cope well with being left alone for long periods of time.

The breed also became a TV star when featured on “Sex and the City” as Charlotte York’s dog. Their silky coats come in four colors – Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan.

The King Charles changed drastically in the late 17th century, when it was interbred with flat-nosed breeds. Until the 1920s, the Cavalier shared the same history as the smaller King Charles Spaniel. Breeders attempted to recreate what they considered to be the original configuration of the breed, a dog resembling Charles II’s King Charles Spaniel of the Restoration.  Various health issues affect this particular breed, most notably mitral valve disease, which leads to heart failure. This appears in most Cavaliers at some point in their lives and is the most common cause of death. The breed may also suffer from syringomyelia, in which cavities are formed in the spinal cord, possibly associated with malformation of the skull that reduces the space available for the brain. Cavaliers are also affected by ear problems, a common health problem among spaniels of various types, and they can suffer from such other general maladies as hip dysplasia, which are common across many types of dog breeds.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Training
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shedding
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sheds a fair amount of hair. You’ll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Grooming
The medium-length coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires brushing a few times a week to keep it tangle-free.