Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have?
CavalierCavieCav
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Very frequent: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel weigh? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel weight:
10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel average weight:
14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel height:
12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel average height:
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's coat?
TanBlenheimTricolorRuby
Grooming
How to groom the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and how often?
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cavalier?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateCourageousIntelligentCheerfulGentleSocialPoliteQuietActiveGracefulFearlessFriendlyNonaggressiveSportyNo tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sensitivity:
Sensitive: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cavalier need? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel social needs:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cavalier bark?
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cavalier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel do?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cavalier King Charles Spaniel roam?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have high prey drive?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel temperament with other people:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel temperament with children:
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels good office dogs? Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cavalier temperament with senior people? Are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:
Dry EyeEpisodic Falling SyndromeHip DysplasiaMitral Valve DiseasePatellar LuxationSyringomyelia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel see the vet?
Frequent
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? How many years can the oldest Cavalier King Charles Spaniel live?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs require per day?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cavalier King Charles Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel drool?
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a boat dog?

Not really

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cavalier King Charles Spaniel be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Recognition

AKC Group
Is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.
  • Stinkiness: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Watchdog Ability: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel History

While the Cavalier King Charles is a relatively new breed, recreated less than a century ago, his prototype is the Toy Spaniel that has existed for centuries. Toy Spaniels were seen in so many paintings from the 16th-17th, and 18th centuries by famous artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. These little spaniels were great favorites of royal and noble families in England. Mary, Queen of Scots had a Toy Spaniel who accompanied her as she walked to her beheading, and her grandson, Charles I, and great-grandson, Charles II. The breed was named after them as they loved the little dogs as well.

Furthermore, it is said that King Charles II, who reigned from 1660 to 1685, never went anywhere without at least two or three of these small spaniels with him. He even ruled that spaniels should be allowed in all official buildings, including the Houses of Parliament. It is claimed that the decree is still in effect today in England, although no one has tested it recently to see if it is true. However, the popularity of King Charles Spaniel decreased after Charles II’s death, and the pugs and other short-faced breeds, that came from Asia, became the new royal favorites. The breed was bred with these dogs and eventually developed many of their features, such as the shorter nose and the domed head.

Moreover, there was one stronghold of the King Charles Spaniels that was of the type that King Charles himself loved so much, and that was at Blenheim Palace, the country estate of the Dukes of Marlborough. Here, a strain of red and white Toy Spaniels continued to be bred, which is why Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with this coloration are called Blenheim today. However, since there was no standard for the breed and no dog shows yet, the type and size of Toy Spaniels bred by the Dukes of Marlborough varied. Although, in the mid-19th century, English breeders started holding dog shows and trying to refine different dog breeds. By that time, the Toy Spaniel was accepted as having a flat face, undershot jaw, domed skull, and large, round, front-facing eyes. The King Charles Spaniels depicted in paintings from earlier centuries were almost extinct at this point.

However, in the 1920s, breed enthusiasts began to work towards revitalizing the look of the spaniels from King Charles II and the Duke of Malborough’s time, and this led to the development of the breed we know today. An American named Roswell Eldridge started searching in England for toy spaniels that resembled those in the old paintings. He searches for more than five years, even taking this search to the Crufts Dog Show, where he persuaded the Kennel Club to allow him to offer 25 pounds sterling for the best dog and best bitch of the type seen in King Charles II’s reign. He offered this prize for five years. No one among the King Charles Spaniel breeders took this challenge very seriously as they have worked for years to do away with the long nose. Gradually, as the big prizes came to an end, only people were really interested in reviving the dogs as they once have been left to carry on the breeding experiment. After five years, little had been accomplished, and the Kennel Club decided that the dogs did not exist in sufficient number.

Furthermore, in 1928 a dog owned by Miss Mostyn Walker was awarded the prize. Unfortunately, Eldridge dies in 1928, only a month before Crufts, so he never saw the results of his challenge prizes. It was in the same year that a breed club was founded, and the name Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was chosen. It was very critical that the association with the name King Charles Spaniel be preserved as most breeders bred back to the original type by way of the long-faced throwouts from the kennels of the short-faced variety breeders. Some of the stock rapidly reverted to the long-faced variety. Pioneers were sometimes accused of utilizing outcrosses to other acceptable breeds to achieve the long faces, but this was not true, and the club did not promote crossing to other breeds.

The breed standard was drawn up at the club’s first meeting, held on the second day of Crufts in 1928, it was practically the same as today. As this was a new and exciting opportunity to achieve a truly desirable breed, it was decided that the Cavalier should be kept as far away from fashion as possible, with no trimming. A perfectly natural dog was desired and was not to be spoiled to suit individual tastes. Although Kennel Club recognition remained elusive and progress was slow, people gradually became aware that the movement toward the “old-type” King Charles Spaniel was here to stay. In 1945, the Kennel Club granted separate registration and issued Challenge Certificates to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, allowing them to earn their titles. Moreover, the history of the breed in America is relatively recent. The first recorded Cavalier living in the United States was brought from the UK in 1956 by W. Lyon Brown, together with Elizabeth Spalding and other enthusiasts. She founded the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA which continues to the present day. The breed also became fully recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • no one

    May 25, 2022, 10:20:04 AM:

    love dogs so nice and cute dog they are.?

  • Anonymous

    Jul 23, 2021, 1:18:04 AM:

    Cooper my male cavie is the sweetest dog I've ever met! He is so friendly, cuddly and sweet; even with the stubbornness of the breed all his other traits make up for it. Best breed ever!

  • Person

    May 6, 2021, 4:15:59 AM:

    Ok overall great except for that Cavaliers are stubborn and not good for first times, I ain’t dealing with that BS. Give me proof that they are in fact stubborn and I’ll take it back.

  • Cav lover

    May 17, 2020, 12:17:11 PM:

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  • Dylan

    Aug 14, 2019, 6:51:59 AM:

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  • Dylan

    Aug 14, 2019, 6:51:58 AM:

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