The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog with a very long name. As the name implies it does have its’ roots in King Charles resurrection of Spain, even though the breed originates from the 20th century. Small spaniel breeds have always been popular in the United Kingdom, and just a few centuries ago Toy Spaniels (the group that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is in) gained immense popularity and was even soon accepted into the royal family. The breed received its name thanks to the current king, who even formed laws for his dog, a regular spaniel, to not be blocked into any entrance. It was during the 1920th century that a new breed was developed that so resembled the one King Charles had that it received his name. It is now the most popular of all toy dogs and has spread around the globe. The breed was registered with the AKC as early as 1996.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a very affectionate dog, but it is also very attentive craving and needs almost constantly either a human or a dog to be with. It’s very friendly, obedient, social and cheerful and looks to have nothing but god characteristics. They can however suffer from a number of severe genetic defects. These being either mitral valve disease and syringomyelia, both very severe and very common. It is important to buy this breed from reliable breeders than screen the dogs for these two diseases before sale. The leading cause of death for this breed is Mitral valve, a disease that affects the heart and eventually causes it to fail. It is because of this that the breeds average lifespan is as low as 7 to 10 years. The other sever condition, syringomyelia, is one that affects brain and spine, causing great discomfort, pain and occasional even paralysis. A few other less serious health issues include luxating patella, cataracts, MVD and retinal disorders.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great family dog, and gets along nicely with both children and other pets, both dogs and cats. They will sometimes sometimes chase after smaller birds. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a most people beautiful dog, with large round eyes, silky fur, large ears and an overall very innocent appearance. The average weight lies between 13 to 20 pounds (5 to 8 kg) and the average height between 12 to 13 inches (30 to 33 cm).