Size: 12 to 13 inches Weight: 10 to 18 pounds Accepted Colors: Blenheim, Tricolor, Ruby, Black & Tan Coat: Silky, slightly wavy, medium length hair with feathering on ears, chest, legs, tail & feet. Grooming: No special grooming. The coat is not cut. Origins: England Registration: FCI, AKC, KCGB, CKC, UKC, ANKC, CKCSC Group: Toy Notes: Congenial
The sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originated in England. A favorite of King Charles I and King Charles II, the breed became known by the popular name of the King Charles Spaniel. The end of the reign of the house of Stuart brought the Pug into popularity and almost lead to the demise of the Cavalier as a breed.
The breed was substantially changed from the original standard and gave birth to the modern day English Toy Spaniel. In the 1920s, the Cavalier was brought back from the brink of extinction by an American. Roswell Eldridge worked diligently to find Cavalier type dogs and reestablish the breed in its original form.
Cavaliers make wonderful family pets. They are affectionate, playful, and extremely devoted to their family. Their temperament is excellently suited to children, and they can make loyal companions for kids as they grow up. They're also great for seniors because of their small size and happy personality. Cavaliers do require moderate exercise so a fenced in yard or one good walk per day is a must for this breed.
Cavalier Spaniels normally get along very well with other dogs and cats, although due to their sporting instincts they need to be kept away from birds and other small animals.
If you're looking for a guard dog, be warned this breed is not for you! Because of the Cavalier's easy-going personality they regard everyone as a friend, and would sidle up to even the most hard-hearted burglar for a scratch behind the ears.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was first registered with the AKC in 1995. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club website at www.ackcsc.org or the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org. If you're interested in rescuing a Cavalier who is in need of a good home and a loving family, you can visit Cavalier Rescue USA's website, or visit PetFinder.com.