50 Things to Know About Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

I have loved cavaliers as I met my very first one at my friends Aunts House.  Many years later we got Charlie a Blenheim cavalier.  Reader more about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels here. I also have a blog called Charlie The Cavalier
1. They are elegant.
2. They are energetic.
3. They are in the  toy breed.
4. They are good for city, suburb or country life.
5. Cavaliers can do obedience and agility training.
6. Cavaliers make wonderful therapy dogs.
7. Cavaliers are sweet.
8. Cavaliers are gentle.
9. The breed also became a TV star when featured on “Sex and the City” as Charlotte York’s dog.
10. Their silky coats come in four colors – Blenheim (chestnut and white), Tricolor (black, white, and tan), Ruby (solid red) and Black and Tan.
11. Cavaliers are named after King Charles II of Britain.
12. Cavaliers have been recorded in paintings and tapestries together with their aristocratic families.
13. Though used successfully for shooting small game, the Cavalier’s true purpose has always been that of companion.
14. Cavaliers are friendly.
15. Cavaliers are easy to train.
16. Cavaliers are great with children.
17.  The cavaliers coat requires weekly brushing.
18. You do not need to trim the hair of cavaliers, but doing so will make caring for them easier.
19.  The average height for a cavalier is 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder.
20.  The average weight is between 13 and 18 pounds.  But Charlie weights more!
21. One of the physical hallmarks of the breed is his ‘royal’ appearance, with large dark soulful eyes and glamorous feathering and coat.
22.  Cavaliers not at aggressive with dogs or man.
23. Cavaliers cannot always be relied upon to come when he is called if he is chasing a butterfly or following the flight of a bird.
24.  Many cavaliers have mitral valve disease of the heart.
25. Cavaliers can have eye conditions including retinal problems & cataracts, slipping patellas, hip dysplasia, and SM (syringomyelia, a neurological condition). 
26. Cavaliers can be screened for all these health concerns.
27.  Cavaliers which have rich chestnut markings on a pearly white background are known as Blenheim in honour of Blenheim Palace, where John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, raised the predecessors to the Cavalier breed in this particular color.
28. Black and Tan are dogs with black bodies with tan highlights, particularly eyebrows, cheeks, legs and beneath the tail.
29. Black and Tan is referred to as “King Charles” in the King Charles Spaniel.
30. Ruby Cavaliers should be entirely chestnut all over,although some can have some white in their coats which is considered a fault under American Kennel Club conformation show rules.
31. The fourth color is known as Tricolor, which is black and white with tan markings on cheeks, inside ears, on eyebrows, inside legs, and on underside of tail.
32. Tri color is referred to as “Prince Charles” in the King Charles Spaniel.
33. According to statistics released by The Kennel Club, Cavaliers were the sixth most popular dog in the United Kingdom in 2007 with 11,422 registrations in a single year. 
34. Their popularity is on the rise in America; in 1998 they were the 56th most popular breed but in both 2007 and 2008 they were the 25th most popular.
35. They ranked higher in some individual US cities in the 2008 statistics, being eighth in both Nashville and Minneapolis-St.Paul,[15] seventh in Boston, Atlanta[16] and Washington D.C.,[17] and sixth in both New York City[15] and San Francisco.[17] 
36. In 2009, the Cavalier was the fourth most popular breed in Australia with 3,196 registrations behind only Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
37. There are also national breed clubs in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.
38. In some dogs there is a chestnut spot in the middle of the forehead: this is called the “blenheim” spot.[10]  Charlie is a blehneim Cavalier.
39. In the show ring, NO trimming is allowed, as it is considered essential that the breed be left in its natural state.
40. Cavaliers love to interact with their owners and enjoy activity and play, making them especially close friends and confidants for children.
41. Cavalier puppies are so small, many breeders will not sell young puppies to families with children under the age of five. All children, of course, need supervision to ensure they do not hurt the dog.
42. Retirees and empty nesters find the companionship, temperament, small size, and easy maintenance of Cavaliers ideal.
43. Cavaliers are the ultimate groupies and are usually delighted to have the company of cats and dogs of any size.
44. Cavaliers are indoor dogs.
45. People who travel find it easy and pleasant to take their Cavaliers along. Their strong desire to be with their owners makes them willing travelers. Their size and personality contribute to their welcome at “dogs allowed” hotels, marinas, and campgrounds.
46.  As of January 1996, Cavaliers are fully recognized by the AKC. This recognition has resulted in two national breed clubs, the original CKCSC, USA and the AKC-recognized American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.
47. Cavalier ears need particular attention and should be checked and given a quick combing every few days, daily in shedding season.
48. Cavaliers do shed, particularly in spring and fall, but a little all the time.
49. Their nails should be clipped and the hair between their pads trimmed once a month. No other trimming is necessary (or allowed) in the show ring.
50.Cavaliers are naturally clean dogs. Because too much bathing dries out the skin and haircoat, they should not be bathed more than once a week. All knots and tangles should be brushed out before a Cavalier is bathed. Many owners find that bathing their pets every two months is quite adequate.
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2 thoughts on “50 Things to Know About Cavalier King Charles Spaniels”

  1. I would be interested in information about price and who has puppies for sale. Rebecca Collins lives in Raleigh NC downtown my number is 9195399178 and email address rebeccacollins201@gmail.

    1. I’ve purchased 3 Cavs from Cavaliers by Crumley in North Ga. The breeder, Holly Crumley, and her assistants, Amber and Angelina have been incredible. All 3 dogs are healthy and well adjusted. I do suggest that they have a companion if your not home full time. They are very social and require companionship. I always have one attached to my hip. Each has a unique personality. But my males are lovers and want to please, my female is in charge but loves me but not like the boys. LOL. Check out her website, Cavaliersbycumley, and call for info. All of my pups were not listed on her site. My first, Tri F, was just born when I placed my deposit. My 2nd, Blenhiem M, mom was preg so I was on a waiting list. And my 3rd, Ruby M, was actually born in Ireland, she purchased several litter mates, and kept some for show and breeding, and sold the others.

      Good luck! I’d have 5 more if I could!! Hope this helps

      Kristen. Knkmullican12@icloud.com

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