Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Fans of dogs with a sweet disposition will be unable to resist my charms. Although related to the sporting spaniels, I’m primarily bred to be a loving companion. I’m sweet, gentle, and playful—a friend to all—so don’t count on me as a watchdog! I’m a great choice for new dog owners and apartments, but I hate to be left alone. I tend to stay attached at the hip to my owner out of pure adoration. Not surprisingly, I’m wonderful with children.

My warm, expressive eyes can lead to many offerings of treats, so I can easily become overweight. A moderate leash walk or run in a fenced-off area each day will meet my activity needs and keep me trim. Outdoors my natural instincts take hold, and I will chase small animals. I’m bright and easy to train but can be sensitive; reprimands will make me sulk.

My lush, silky coat may be blenheim (chestnut and white), tricolor (black, white, and tan), ruby, or black and tan. Brushing my coat a few times a week will avoid matting, especially on my feathered ears and legs. Despite my long coat I don’t require trimming as some spaniels do, but periodic baths will keep me clean and pretty.

I’m fairly small at 12 to 13 inches tall and 13 to 18 pounds. Primary health concerns are hip dysplasia and MVI. Kneecap luxation and eye problems can also occur. With proper care, my tail will be wagging happily for 9 to 14 years.