Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the quintessential lap dog: sweet, gentle and affectionate. These dogs gained their popularity as a pet to royalty in the United Kingdom in the 1500's, and are today among the most popular breeds by the AKC. Their dark, expressive eyes are characteristic of the breed, just as their calm and loving nature. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known for being wonderful with children and making excellent family pets. Because they are so eager to please, training is generally easy for these dogs. They will weigh between 13-18 lbs. on average when fully grown.
The Cavalier was the dog of Charlotte York on the hit TV series "Sex and the City." A royal favorite, it was also the dog of King Charles II, after which it was named.
Cavaliers descend from the same toy spaniels that have existed for centuries, which have been depicted in many 16th, 17th, and 18th century paintings by famous artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough.