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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an elegant, royal, toy spaniel, slightly longer than tall, with moderate bone. It retains the build of a working spaniel, yet in a smaller version. Its gait is free and elegant, with good reach and drive. Its silky coat is of moderate length, with a slight wave permissible. Long feathering on the feet is a breed characteristic. A hallmark of the breed is its gentle, sweet, melting expression.

The cavalier in many ways fits the bill as an ideal house pet. It is sweet, gentle, playful, willing to please, affectionate and quiet. It is amiable toward other dogs, pets and strangers. Outdoors, its spaniel heritage kicks in, and it loves to explore, sniff and chase.

History

Small toy spaniels have been known in Europe and Great Britain since the 16th century and were popular subjects of the most famous painters from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is descended from these toy spaniels. Early toy spaniels were quite common as ladies’ pets, and during the reign of King Charles II, they were given the royal title King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel).

When serious show dog breeding began in England, the dog’s face structure changed to have the look of the Pug until an American, Roswell Eldridge, offered a cash prize at the Crufts Dog Show for a dog that resembled those in the early paintings. With careful breeding, the shorter-faced dogs became the English Toy Spaniel, and those that more closely resembled the originals became known as the Cavalier.


Breed Information

Other names

Cav, Cavalier, Cavie

Origin

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 1  United Kingdom

Breed Group

Toy (AKC:1995)

Companion Breeds (UKC)

Size

Smallest

Type

Purebred

Life span

10-14 years

Temperament

Affectionate

Cheerful

Courageous

Gentle

Intelligent

Social

Height

12-13 inches (30-33 cm)

Weight

10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)

Colors

Black & Tan

Black & White

Blenheim

Ruby

Litter Size

3-5 puppies

Puppy Price

Average $1200 – $2000 USD

Source: DogBreedListinfo.org

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