Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Breed of the Month--Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Color:  Chestnut markings on white background (Blenheim), tricolor, rube, black and tan.
Height:  12-13 inches
Weight:  11-18 lbs
Life Span:  12-14 years

Breed Health Concerns:  Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, Chiari-like malformation (CM), syringomyelia (SM).

Coat:  Long, silky coat of moderate length, feathering, straight or slightly wavy.
Country of Origin:  Great Britain

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

Toy spaniels were first developed as hunters is Great Britain.  By the 1500s, the dogs were no longer hunters and became companions of the wealthy.  King Charles I and King Charles II both adored and kept the breed in the 1600s.  The name of the breed was derived from King Charles II.

The breed was crossed with the Japanese Chin and Pugs during the Victorian era, but eventually came back to its original "Blenheim Spaniel" look in the 1920s when American Roswell Eldridge offered money to breeders to bring the breed back to its "old style."  Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1944, the breed has gained extreme popularity over fast few decades.  Famous admires of the breed include President Ronald Reagan and Princess Margaret of England.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a good natured dog that enjoys the company of others.  This breed is large enough to go on adventures with his family, but still small enough to fit comfortably into your lap.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is generally well-behaved, and a calm, loving member of his family.  This breed is extremely people oriented and does not generally like being left alone.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is great with all people, including children, and other pets.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not a high energy dog, but still requires regular daily walks.  This breed will easily adapt to the activity level of his family.  He enjoys playtime and regular outings, but can also be content to sit at home and relax with his family.

The coat of the Cavalier is easily kept clean and nice with regular brushing a few times per week.

Although the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may sometimes need extra help with potty training, this breed is generally easily trained.  The Cavalier is eager to please and will be easily trained using positive reinforcement methods.  I highly recommend this breed to anyone!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Wicket.
Wicket is a very sweet girl that definitely aims to please during training.

Wicket & her mom practicing some training.

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