Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Responsive
  • Overview

  • As the name suggests, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a piece of British history. “Cavs” are descended from the Toy Spaniels that were popular in Britain in the late 17th century. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were originally bred as lap dogs for the upper crust of British society, a feature that has changed little since the late 17th century.

    Too small to be a reliable hunting companion, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were bred as lap dogs and become quite popular with royals. The breed is named for King Charles II who was rarely seen without his Toy Spaniels.

    Like many characters from British history, Cavalier Spaniels exhibits many noble characteristics, namely a friendly and affectionate personality, and a silky-smooth coat. Today, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels remain incredibly popular in Britain, and are considered the 19th most popular purebred in the United States.

    The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is so popular around the globe because the silky canine incorporates the best of two worlds; toy-size pooch, and affectionate canine companion.

    Renowned for their friendly disposition and affectionate demeanor, Cavalier Spaniels make terrific family pets, they even get along with well with other dogs and children. Cavaliers are hardly considered the best watchdogs due to their abundance of affection and incredibly friendly temperament.

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    Created by happy accident in 1996, the Cavachon is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. The sweet, calm King Charles crossed with the people-loving, affectionate Bichon results in an adorable, friendly lap dog. Cavachons have large, warm “puppy dog” eyes, long floppy ears and a silky coat. The Bichon side of this designer breed brings lower-shed fur, which makes it a popular option for those with allergies. Cavachons are wonderful, easy-going family dogs and do well in apartments as well as larger homes.

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    Cavapom is a designed crossbreed of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian. This is a very popular crossbred dog because they are affectionate, charming, cute, and loves to cuddle. People usually love their beautiful appearance and wonderful personality, which makes them a perfect lap dog and companion animal. Cavapom is also known as one of the friendliest and sweetest designer crossbreeds; they will wag their tail to everyone they meet. Early socialization, puppy playtime, and training are also important for them. This crossbreed doesn’t require too much exercise; this dog is the perfect choice for seniors who live in an apartment. Cavapom’s size is about 12 to 13 inches, and he weighs about 8 to 20 pounds.

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    Cockalier is a designer crossbreed dog between the Cocker Spaniel and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from the USA. This is a very smart breed, very easy to train, and can pick up commands and tricks quickly. Cockalier has an adorable personality, and they start to bond to humans they meet very quickly. This playful breed is very social, eager to please, and gets along well with young children. Cockatiels are very calm and non-aggressive, and they bark only occasionally. This breed usually needs lots of attention and tends to develop a “separation anxiety” if he is left alone for too long. You need to be prepared with a variety of activities and toys because this breed has lots of energy and a playful personality. The size of the Cockalier is about 12-15 inches, and its weight varies between 10 and 28 pounds.

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    This adorable mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle is also sometimes called a “Cavoodle.” These little pups thrive on human companionship. Cavapoos are friendly, energetic, and intelligent, and come in variety of colors. Most often, these dogs have a soft, Poodle-like coat, but some have the Cavalier’s longer, silkier coat. Cavapoos make great companions, get along well with everyone (people and pets alike), and are happy living in any size home.

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