Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small, family friendly dog that forms part of the toy group.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Breed Group

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel belongs to the toy group of dogs.

Size of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Small

Colour varieties of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

Black & Tan

The body is black, with tan markings above the eyes, on the cheeks and the inside of the ears. Tan markings are also seen on the chest and legs and the underside of the tail.

Blenheim

The Blenheim has chestnut and white markings on the body. On the face is a distinctive white blaze that divides the chesnut markings.

Ruby

The entire coat is a rich red colour.

Tricolour

The Tricolour has black and white markings on the body. Tan markings are seen over the eyes, on the cheeks and the inside of the ears and legs.

Country of origin

Great Britain

Time of original development

18th century

Size and weight of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Height bitch 30-33cms

Height dog 30-33cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 5.9-8.2kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 5.9-8.2kgs

Exercise requirements of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel temperament

The breed is noted for its affectionate, gentle and devoted temperament, and aggression in this dog is very rare. It is a fantastic family dog, and loves the company of children. It loves companionship and being part of the family unit. It is normally sociable with other dogs, and can live happily alongside cats, and if socialised well, even other smaller pets.

Is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes,the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is easy to train and obedient. It is also a practical size for most family homes, and can is perfectly content to live in an apartment as long as its exercise needs are met.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel coat length

The fine silky coat is a medium length with longer featherings on the ears, chest, abdomen, tail, back of the legs and paws.

Grooming requirements of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

High. The coat and especially the featherings need daily grooming with a soft slicker brush to keep the coat matt and tangle free. The featherings on the ears may dangle in food and water bowls so need to be checked and cleaned after meal times. Fur on the paws and pads can grow quite long and may need to be trimmed away regularly. Your CKCS may benefit from regular professional grooming sessions to keep the coat in good condition.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does have some possible inherited health issues, and owners should should consult their breeder about the following known issues:

  • Hip Dysplasia - A malformation of the hip joint, has been found in the breed, so ensure your puppy has been hip scored.
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Luxating patellas
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Ear problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Many Cavaliers tend to enjoy their food and are prone to obesity which in turn can lead to health probems. Food portions
should be measured out to avoid over feeding. Remember to allow for any other treats that may be fed during the day.

Average lifespan of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A healthy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of 9-14 years.

Approximate Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £500-£750 for a pedigree puppy and litters are normally available. There are generally 2-6 puppies in an average litter. There were 4,3831 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 7kgs will require around 150gms of complete dry food daily. A dog or bitch weighing 7kgs will cost around £3.50 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment