The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

One of the world’s most popular and beloved toy breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a lively, sporting little dog with the confidence and personality of a dog many times his size. A refined pure-bred, the Cavalier boasts a long, silky coat in four traditional color varieties and a pleasing personality that makes him ideal for almost every owner.

Although descended from hunting dogs, this animal is an ideal house pet–playful, small, fun-loving, easy to train, and very tolerant of children. Whether you live on a farm or on the 40th floor in a high rise, the Cavalier makes a terrific choice for a companion dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has easily adapted to household living and makes a wonderful pet. They really aim to please their owner so are easy to train. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are equally at home in a castle or a condo, the city or the country.
Historically, during Tudor times in England, Toy Spaniels were quite common as ladies’ pets, but it was under the Stuarts that they were given the royal title of King Charles Spaniels. King Charles II was seldom seen without two or three spaniels at his heels. The red and white strain of Toy Spaniels was bred at Blenheim Palace by various Dukes of Marlborough. The breed became extinct due to the popularity of flat faced dogs like Pugs and King Charles Spaniel (also called “Charlies” and known in the United States as the English Toy Spaniel). The breed was reintroduced in the 1920 and in 1945 the Kennel Club granted separate registration for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Lively, yet loving, your Cavalier will enjoy keeping you company, whether that entails bustling beside you on a walk or snuggling cozily on your lap! Elegant in appearance but energetic and affectionate in nature, they’re the perfect companions for families with children, empty nesters, or retirees.

To learn more about the breed I would recommend searching for a local breed club to locate a local Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeders. A local club will let you interact with people that have been with the breed for a number of years. Additional information can be gained from the national clubs websites.