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Breed Info

Considered the "ultimate lap dog", Cavaliers are happiest in your lap!

Cavaliers make excellent therapy dogs, warming the hearts of all who meet them. 
It is important for Cavaliers to have a hand-reared puppyhood to ensure security and friendliness. When they greet somebody they tend to lick them on the hand. They connect with their owners almost immediately, but are a little delayed with strangers. Cavaliers are a very sensitive breed, who is aware of their owner's feelings. Training must be done using gentle, positive reinforcement. 

Cavaliers make wonderful therapy dogs because of their sweet, gentle and patient nature. 

Cavaliers are very sweet natured, and are very in tune with their owner's feelings.The extremely social nature of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel means that they require almost constant companionship from humans or other dogs, and are not suited to spending long periods of time on their own. This breed is one of the friendliest of the toy group.

quickly to almost any environment, family, and location. Their ability to bond with larger and smaller dogs make them ideal in houses with more than one breed of dog. Cavaliers are great with people of all ages, from children to seniors, making them a very versatile dog.

They love the company of other pets.  A well-socialized Cavalier will not be shy about socializing with much larger dogs. (However, on occasion, this tendency can be dangerous, as many cavaliers will presume all other dogs to be equally friendly, and may attempt to greet and play with aggressive dogs.) Cavaliers will adapt

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a highly affectionate breed, and nicknamed "the ultimate lap dog" or the "love sponge" of dogs. Most dogs of the breed are playful, extremely patient and eager to please. As such, dogs of the breed are usually good with children and other dogs. 

Cavaliers are great with people of all ages.

Personality Traits:

Parti-colors are the colors that include white: Blenheim and Tricolor. Whole-colors have no white: Black and Tan, and Ruby. The Blenheim is the most common color.

The breed has four recognized colors:

  • Blenheim (rich chestnut on pearly white background)
  • Tricolor (black and white with tan markings on cheeks, inside ears, on eyebrows, inside legs, and on underside of tail)
  • Ruby (rich reddish-brown all over)
  • Black and Tan (black with tan markings)

Breed Colors:

of moderate length. Breed standards call for it to be free from curl, with a slight wave permissible. In adulthood, Cavaliers grow lengthy feathering on their ears, chest, legs, feet and tail; breed standards demand this be kept long, with the feathering on the feet cited as a particularly important feature of the breed. 

A Cavalier's coat may be beautiful, with long feathering. It requires it also should not be bathed more than once a week otherwise it may cause skin irritation. Fur on the feet and on the hind legs should be trimmed regularly. In hot climates, the hair in the ears should be thinned.


Cavaliers need to have their coat brushed regularly, to keep it silky smooth and free of matting.

The breed naturally grows a substantial silky coat

  • Appearance:

"The sweet, gentle, melting expression is an important breed characteristic." 

The Cavalier is perhaps the largest toy breed: though historically a lap dog, modern day fully-grown adults tend to fill a lap rather amply. Breed standards call for a height between 12-13 inches with a weight between 10 and 18 pounds. 

Unlike most other spaniels, the Cavalier has a full-length tail, well-feathered with long hair, which is usually not docked, which is typically carried aloft when walking. The Cavalier's head is nearly flat between the ears and has a well-defined nose, its eyes are large and round and this gives the dog its characteristic endearing look. Its neck is strong and is slightly arched and its ears are long and drooping and have plenty of feathering. The body of the Cavalier is small but well balanced, this dog moves with a somewhat elegant and royal gait.

Quick Facts: 

  • Toy breed, weighing 10-18 pounds.
  • Affectionate, sweet natured companion lap dog
  • Sensitive, must be trained gently with positive reinforcement
  • Intelligent, trains easily and excels in obedience
  • ​Moderately active indoor dog enjoys indoor play and outdoor walks by leash.
    Very social, thrives on companionship of humans and other pets
    Should not be left alone all day, or for long periods of time
    Playful, Cavaliers love to romp outdoors in safely enclosed yard
    Beware of Cavalier's chasing instinct that it doesn't get hit by car or get lost
    Average shedder, life expectancy 7-14 yearsQuick Facts: 

Cavalier King Charles