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11/03/2022

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Characteristics

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are purebreds that display the best of two worlds, combining the gentle affection of a typical toy breed with the energy and athletic nature of a sporting spaniel. 

Cavaliers are very social purebreds and can get along nicely with children and other dogs. Most Cavaliers can do equally well with active owners and homebodies. They can be energetic, athletic partners or relaxed couch potatoes, depending on the owner's lifestyle.

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  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive

Cavaliers are descended from the same toy spaniels depicted in many 16th, 17th, and 18th-century paintings by famous artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough. This particular type of spaniel was bred and named after Charles I and Charles II, the respective grandson and great-grandson of Mary, Queen of Scots. 

 

They grow to a height of around 12-13 inches and typically weigh between 13-18 pounds. Like most small dogs, they enjoy a nice long lifespan of anywhere between 12-15 years. Cavaliers are companion dogs with dependent personalities, so they’re keen to follow their owner from room to room or tag along on that road trip to the grocery store.

 

When it comes to training, Cavaliers are generally intelligent and willing to try whatever it is you'd like them to do. However, Cavaliers can have issues with housetraining, which is a common trait among many toy breeds. Food rewards and positive reinforcement help ensure that any type of training goes smoothly. 

 

Their size and generally quiet nature make Cavaliers a good choice for apartment living. They're only moderately active indoors so a small yard or frequent walks will fit their activity needs. Cavaliers shed their coats in spring and fall, so a thorough brushing routine will ensure the house stays relatively hair-free.

How dog-friendly is District of Columbia?

Washington, D.C. is a great place for pets, and dogs in particular! The district has plenty of dog parks and pet services, and a lot of D.C. residents own dogs. Here’s how the district stacks up in a couple of studies. 


Public review site Safewise ranks D.C. quite well as the 15th most pet-friendly region in the country. The study ranks all 50 states plus D.C. according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks and hiking trails, and more. 


Wallethub, another reputable review site for pet information, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Washington, D.C. ranked toward the middle at 61st on the list. D.C. is a bit pricier for pets than other cities, ranking 91st in pet budget. They do a little better in other categories, ranking 41st in pet health and wellness, and 9th in outdoor pet-friendliness.

Dog parks and pet-friendly activities in Washington, D.C.

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Washington, D.C. ranked 22nd at 1.9 parks per 100,000 people.


BringFido lists Washington, D.C. as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 200 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists the National Mall and the U.S. National Arboretum as popular dog-friendly attractions.

Dog ownership in Washington, D.C.

D.C. loves dogs! Forty-four percent of Washington, D.C. residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do D.C. residents love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Washington, D.C. are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. saved 4,185 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 553 animals were killed over this same period. 

There is one animal shelter within Washington, D.C., and it is not considered a no-kill shelter. The area has a below-average save rate of 78%. Unfortunately, this is far short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

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