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Life Expectancy: 9 – 15 years
Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Weight: 10 – 18 lbs.
Height: 12 – 14 inches
See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.
Training a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is often a fairly simple task. While training though, remember to be very careful with her feelings as they are hurt easily. This breed responds extremely well to positive reinforcement.
The Cavalier does not shed excessively except for two times throughout the year.
The Cavalier is relatively easy to groom. Brush several times per week and check the feathering for tangles or mats.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is prone to several significant issues including heart disease – nearly 50% of Cavaliers will develop mitral valve disease (MVD) by the age of five, and nearly all will have it by age 10. This breed also suffers from luxating patellas, allergies, hip dysplasia, cataracts and syringomyelia.
With the Cavalier, exercise needs vary based on each individual dog. You can average your Cavalier to need a minimum of 30-60 minutes of activity per day to remain behavior-free. This could be playing a game of fetch or going for a walk.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very good with children and quickly becomes part of the family.
Barking is generally not a problem with this breed.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not a simple breed to ‘generalize’ due to each individual dog being completely unique. Some Cavaliers are extremely quiet and lazy whereas others may be overly energetic and mischievous. The only generalization which may be made is they are all attention-seekers and they are all extremely affectionate.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an intelligent breed and responds well to training. Positive reinforcement ensures the training process goes smoothly. Cavaliers are very sensitive so be sure not to hurt their feelings throughout the training process.
Cavaliers sometimes have trouble with housetraining; however, if you are consistent in their routine they become housetrained fairly easily.
Cavaliers have medium-length coats which are fairly simple to maintain. They simply need brushed three to four times per week. The feathering on their ears and legs is prone to tangles so there may be mats which develop that need brushed out.
Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) – MVD is a common health condition found in Cavaliers. MVD begins as a heart murmur and progresses into heart failure. Cavaliers may begin developing this health condition as early as two years of age.
Syringomyelia (SM) – SM is a common health condition found in Cavaliers which affects the brain and spine. Symptoms include mild discomfort, severe pain and/or partial paralysis. Symptoms of SM often occur between 6 months and 4 years of age.
Hip Dysplasia – Many Cavaliers with hip dysplasia continue to lead normal, happy lives.